Galveston Bay Orchid Society will be hosting the Fall 2019 SWROGA (Southwest Regional Orchid Growers Association) Orchid Show, Sept. 14 and 15 at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake Hotel, 3000 E. NASA Pkwy, Houston.
One of the most enjoyable ways to see and select new and different orchid plants is at an orchid show. There are numerous displays of blooming plants as well as vendors from various states and countries who bring plants to sell. You can see these plants in bloom, speak with the vendor about the growing conditions that each plant likes, and select plants that will grow well for you.
Vendors at the show will be Ecuagenera from Ecuador, Orchids and Santa Fe, Orchid Express & Leasing from Houston, Spring Orchids from Spring, MAB’s Orchid Nursery from Paige, and Orchid Art by Charles Hess from Dallas.
Our area is a great climate for growing a variety of orchids. Cattleya’s, Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium and Oncidium are a few that will happily grow on a shaded patio when temperatures are above 50 degrees. Cymbidium, Phaius (Nun’s Orchid), and Ludisia (Jewel Orchid) will grow year-round in a partially shaded garden bed. While Phalaenopsis and sometimes Cattleya’s and Oncidium plants can be found at big box stores, other varieties can be found online and at meetings of local orchid societies.
Both of the orchid societies in our area sponsor meetings for novice growers. These are often at the greenhouse or gardens of an experienced orchid grower and a great way to learn growing techniques and see plants that will do well in our conditions. Information on the Houston Orchid Society Newcomer’s Group can be found at houstonorchidsociety.org. Information on the Galveston Bay Orchid Society Novice Growers Group can be found at galvestonbayorchidsociety.org. You’ll meet other new growers and be able to get advice from the experienced growers and mentors to the groups. Most importantly, you will learn to successfully grow and bloom your own plants.