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 April 2014
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Orchid Hybrid Trivia

The total number of grex names in the register is currently 154,660 (as of now). This figure increases daily. Each year The International Orchid Register adds between 3000-4000 new hybrids. The most popular genera for hybrids are:

   Phalaenopsis — 31,382
   Paphiopedilum — 23,871
   Cymbidium — 14,688
   Dendrobium — 11,910

So far there are about 2349 hybrid generic names, but not all of these are in use.
There are about 5,600 species involved in hybridization.






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Why can't I flower my Dendrobium farmeri? I bought a beautiful Dendrobium cuthbertsonii at a show in California and brought it back to Georgia. It promptly died. Why? A friend gave me a flowering Dendrobium as a thank you gift. I repotted it and it is slowly wasting away. HELP!!

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2014 Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden

Text and photos © 2014 Charles Marden Fitch

Pillars of colorful Phalaenopsis hybrids reflect in the palm garden pool reflects to greet visitors entering the Conservatory.

Key West Contemporary is the theme of this years NY Botanical Garden Orchid show. Inside permanent tropical gardens of the Victorian-style Conservatory Francisca Coelho, NYBG VP of Glasshouses and Exhibitions, has recreated an award-winning Key West Garden packed with orchids.

Throughout the Conservatory orchids are arranged in garden beds with bromeliads, tropical aroids, and other showy flowering plants popular in Key West. Huge blue toned Bismarckia nobilis palms, a species from Madagascar, form bold accents and a support for orchids. Small tropical trees and other palm species are perfect places in the displays for epiphytic orchids, most hung still in pots hidden by clumps of Spanish Moss, the bromeliad Tillandsia usneoides.


Central to the design is a rendering of the Jones and Eaton Garden, originally designed by Landscape Architect Raymond Jones. A pool reflects orchids clustered on garden walls, tree trunks, trellises, and pergolas. Clumps of potted Oncidium and Phalaenopsis hybrids in bunches of fluffy Spanish moss hide some of the steel grids inside the main conservatory. Cymbidium hybrids are massed in beds throughout the show. Most of the orchids have labels showing correct...

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Ophrys scolopax, Pinar de Hierro, Chiclana. Ophrys scolopax

Photo taken at Pinar de Hierro, Chiclana, Spain.

Photo ©Pedro Frustuoso


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Dendrobium Care

Please tell me how to grow Dendrobium spectabile and Dendrobium eximium. All I was told is that they come from an area where there is lots of rainfall.   — Jose Bona

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