Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rare Exotic Orchids

Photo by WK Fletcher
Doing some research on rare orchids, I came across a few news articles regarding the discovery of a rare orchid in 1987.

Paphiopedilum rothschildianum, also known as The Gold of Kinabalu Orchid or the Rotchschild's Orchid is believed to grow in the wild in only one location.

If you want to see this beautiful slipper orchid growing in the wild, you will have to visit the Kinabalu National Park in Malaysia. That is quite a journey from the east coast of the United States. Following is some information from Wikipedia about the Malaysian Park.

"Kinabalu Park or Taman Kinabalu in Malay, established as one of the first national parks of Malaysia in 1964, is Malaysia's first World Heritage Site designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its "outstanding universal values" and the role as one of the most important biological sites in the world with more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, including 326 bird and around 100 mammal species."     -WikiPedia

When it was discovered in 1987, it was apparently smuggled out of its natural growing location making it almost extinct. Since then, it has been reintroduced by cultivated seedlings.

My interest was caught when I saw this photograph on the BBC Nature website as it looks very similar to a photograph I had taken while in Sarasota, Florida enjoying the great plants, orchids and bromeliads at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. I think I will soon return to Sarasota and take another tour of the gardens to confirm my suspicion that it is the same orchid.

Sure I could just call them and ask but that would not be as enjoyable as once again visiting the botanic gardens in beautiful Sarasota. My favorite places to go when travelling are always natural areas and botanic gardens. How about you?

I have never had the opportunity to own this rare orchid. Maybe one day I will. I do have everyday, hands on experience caring for interior tropical plants. Hundreds of them, in fact. If you need some assistance with your own indoor plants visit

Friday, October 17, 2014

California Orchids

Beautiful Orchids
Do you love orchids? I know that I do. Although many of them need a special environment that not everyone can provide, that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the unique beauty of these wonderful plants.

We most often use Phalaenopsis orchids in our interior landscapes and that is the type I usually keep at home but there are thousands of types of orchids. Wouldn't it be fantastic to see many of these all in one place?

If you live in the Santa Barbara, California area or plan a visit or trip to the area, you might want to consider stopping in at the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate. Check them out and be amazed at the scope of orchids they have on display and for sale.

As an additional bonus, there is an annual orchid show in Santa Barbara. The 70th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show will take place March 13-15, 2015. There will be an art show and sale, information on flower arrangement and exotic displays and, of course, orchids to see and orchids for sale! What a great way to spend a weekend and there are so many other things to do in the area.

Although I was born and raised in California, I only recently learned about the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate. I currently live out of the state but am planning to attend the orchid show in March of 2015. Mark it on your calendar. Maybe I will see you there!

If you need some information or help with your indoor plant care, you can visit us at Have a fantastic Friday and a great weekend.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Great Indoor Potted Plant - Decorate for the Holidays

Norfolk Island Pine
The Norfolk Island Pine is a versatile plant. It can be used as a unique indoor potted plant, a decorative focal point on your patio as a container plant and it is often decorated with miniature ornaments and used as a holiday tree.

Yes, the holidays are almost here. The poinsettias will soon be out and the Christmas trees and other holiday decorations will be showing up everywhere.
Time sure does fly! The 2014 holiday season is about to begin...

An evergreen tree native to Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean, the Norfolk Island Pine, or Araucaria heterophylla, is often used as an indoor live Christmas tree during the holiday season. We often give these out during the holidays to our great interior landscape customers. Read more about the Norfolk Island Pine...

Monday, October 6, 2014

Creative Indoor Plant Displays

Cute and simple way to display plants

This interior design and architecture website has some interesting ideas for displaying indoor tropical plants. Believe it or not, there is one display that combines a dog house and plant container. Wonder if they make one for the cats? You could grow catnip in the planter. If you have lots of cats that could get kind of crazy!

Take a look at these ideas, you will no doubt find something that catches your interest. Visit website for some plant display ideas.

If you need help, advice or assistance with your house plants, you can come and visit us at us know if you have an inventive or creative way to display your plants!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Easy House Plant - The Dracaena Warneckii

Dracaena Warneckii

One of the easiest to care for indoor house plants is the Dracaena Warneckii. Besides being an easy care house plant it also quite attractive and will survive in lower light situations and tolerate some watering mistakes and a little neglect. Of course, you should not neglect your house plants and you should provide the best lighting and watering that you can.

To illustrate my point I have a little indoor plant story or two to tell. I just love to tell silly plant stories!

The first interior landscape company that I worked for as an interior plant technician was Tiffany's Decorative Plants in Fremont, California. This company no longer exists as it was eventually bought out by the larger interior landscape company called Ambius.

Back to my Warneckii story...
One of the accounts that I serviced for Tiffany's was a french restaurant called Papillon on Mission Blvd. in Fremont, California. Intended to be a romantic place to eat, the interior was so dark in one of the dining rooms that I had to find the plants almost by feel, even with the lights on. If you have ever eaten there you will know what I mean.

There was very limited lighting. Dracaena Warneckii was the only large interior plant we could find that would live more than a month or so in this poor lighting. We used Warneckii Canes which were about five feet tall. They would eventually lose almost all of their foliage but would look pretty good for six months or more. Then they would be replaced and returned to the greenhouse to recuperate or be sold at a plant sale.

Another interior landscape account that I serviced in San Jose had a Dracaena Warneckii in an out of the way office that I missed for almost three months. The office occupant eventually called it to my attention. Although it had not been watered for three months, it was still alive and growing and just needed some dried up lower leaves removed.

You can see why I have it on my list of best indoor house plants. It is really tolerant of some neglect and low light. I do recommend that you always provide the best light, watering and care for all of your indoor plants so they will look their best.
Read more about Dracaena Warneckii house plant and its care....