Which One to Choose? Take note of your yard, and take a look at the roots, before you buy an orchid

This Phalaenopsis is a shade-loving orchid, but there are orchids that grow well in sun, are drought-tolerant, or thrive in  humid places. Kit Kitchen-Maran

This Phalaenopsis is a shade-loving orchid, but there are orchids that grow well in sun, are drought-tolerant, or thrive in humid places. Kit Kitchen-Maran

Roots of robust orchids may be reaching out of the pot or basket. Kit Kitchen-Maran

Roots of robust orchids may be reaching out of the pot or basket. Kit Kitchen-Maran

This orchid is growing, even without rooting medium in the pot, displaying some of the diverse characteristics of the plants. Kit Kitchen-Maran / Special to the Daily News

This orchid is growing, even without rooting medium in the pot, displaying some of the diverse characteristics of the plants. Kit Kitchen-Maran / Special to the Daily News

A view of an orchid. Kit Kitchen-Maran

A view of an orchid. Kit Kitchen-Maran

IF YOU GO

Naples Orchid Society Sale

What: Members of the Naples Orchid Society will offer divisions and duplicates of their orchid plants, plus donated orchids for sale on Saturday, October 17.

Where: Moorings Presbyterian Church gym, 791 Harbour Drive, Naples

When: 12 noon to sellout or 4 p.m.

Admission: no charge, plant prices start at $5

Information: www.NaplesOrchidSociety.org or (239) 822-7765

Tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009) is the Naples Orchid Society’s annual orchid sale and many of you will be taking home plants you have never grown — or at least types of a plant you have never grown. When picking out an orchid for your very own, there are many points you should consider carefully so that you and your new plant will be happy.

The first thing to think about is what kind of orchid you want to take home. Do you have other orchids and plants? Where will this one be placed: in your home or yard? There are many kinds of orchids — terrestrials, which are planted in the ground, as well as those that live in trees, or pots. Some like shade (Phalaenopsis) and some like a lot of sun while others are happy with in-between: lots of eastern sun in the morning and shade when it gets really hot at noon and after.

Some orchids like to be watered every day or even several times a day — Vandas and Ascosendas — and some take water once a week or even less. Before you even walk out, it’s a good time to those who are selling the orchids if you are unsure about the care needed for a specific orchid.

Now, the most important part of choosing a specific plant; look at its roots. Are they plump and have signs of healthy growing? Roots of robust orchids are usually white with green or reddish tips. They may be reaching out of the pot or basket, but that’s all right. This just signals that in the spring the plant will grow better if it is repotted.

Next, look at the pseudobulbs — the “belly” growths at the bottom of the plant — and leaves. They should be firm and round, not wrinkled. If they are wrinkled and limp, it indicates that the plant’s roots are not able to take up nutrients and water, either due to being underwatered or overwatered and decaying. You can also spot scale or other pests by looking closely at the leaves and pseudobulbs. You don’t want to take home anything but a healthy, pest-free plant. You shouldn’t expect pests, however; all plants are cleaned before the sale; we don’t want any pests either.

If the plant is not in bloom, ask the seller about color and shape of the blossoms, or whether there is a picture available.

Another very important question you want answered is: How often does this plant bloom and when?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions or bring photos of what you’re looking for. You can look at orchids on the Society’s Web site and get more information at www.NaplesOrchidSociety.org.

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