In nature Zygopetalum grows on tree trunks, rocks and amongst leaves on the ground in Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. It’s a real jungle native that can take a knock. The flowers are mauve, olive and sometimes almost blue and some species have a sweet fragrance. In the wild Zygopetalum uses this to attract insects, making it an important part of the rainforest biotope. Zygopetalum is one of the smallest orchid families: only 15 species are known, however there are many more Zygopetalum hybrids from which the houseplants come.
Keukenhof is the perfect place to celebrate spring in the Netherlands. The flower park in Lisse will be open for the 74th time from March 23, 2023. It’s one of the most beautiful attractions in The Netherlands and is visited by people from all over the world.
Keukenhof will be open from Thursday 23 March to Sunday 14 May 2023. The 15 km hiking trails are laid out in such a way that you have a spectacular view of the fragrant flower gardens and flower greenhouses. During your walk, you will see unique, weekly changing flower shows, beautiful ponds and various pavilions with restaurants and terraces. In addition to the flower gardens, Keukenhof is also home to the largest sculpture park in the Netherlands. You can admire many images here, made by national and international artists.
Keukenhof displays flowers and blooming plants not only outdoors, but also indoors. In the Beatrix Pavilion, you can enjoy orchids in a wonderful colourful ambiance!
Each year, Keukenhof has a special theme to which the designs of the gardens and the flower shows in the pavilions are inspired. Last year it was ‘Flower Classics’: a classic and timeless theme, and also a reference to art. In 2023, Keukenhof has no overarching theme. The flower shows will each have their own theme, making a visit to Keukenhof even more varied. In addition, flowers, colours and scents connect in any way; this is a theme in itself!
Keukenhof is open from Thursday 23 March to Sunday 14 May 2023, from 8:00 am – 7:30 pm. More information and tickets can be found on their website.
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From a distance Oncidium looks like a green plant with a radiant flowering crown, but up close this beautiful lady turns out to be wearing a host of small flowers. Oncidium also has the very wild name of tiger orchid, because the flowers often come in yellow and brown.
Oncidium’s bright flowers require a suitable counterbalance at the bottom: black shiny porcelain or dark red ceramic show the colour at its best, as does wood for those who prefer a natural style statement.
Orchid of the month
Every month we present a new orchid of the month. Want to find out which orchid it will be next month? Take a look at the list.
Racy markings, elegant spots and a graceful shape make Zygopetalum an orchid that wouldn’t look out of place on the catwalk.
Colors and shapes
Purple, brown, green, flaming, sometimes a leopard print and always a full, beautifully marked lip – there’s lots going on with Zygopetalum. What makes this orchid eye-catching is that at first glance it appears to be two different flowers. The crown consists of five brown and green petals which can be either pointy or round. Emerging from this is a luxuriant lip, usually white and purple. In the jungle, it offers excellent camouflage, but in the living room, it actually stands out even more.
The name is derived from the ancient Greek word ‘zygon’, which means yoke and refers to the two protruding petals. In Greek mythology Zygo is the ‘firstborn river’ from which all other rivers sprang. The rivulet pattern (also known as the delta) on the orchid’s lip refers to this. Ever since it was introduced in its cultivated form in 1880, the plant has symbolised ‘a spiritual connection between people who belong together’, just like the various petals and lip belong together.
Read also: What is the meaning of orchids?
- Position: preferably light, but no direct sunlight.
- Immerse the pot for half an hour with a small dose of orchid food once every 10 to 14 days, then leave to drain thoroughly.
- If the air indoors is very dry, e.g. because of central heating, it’s best to mist an orchid’s buds every day. This prevents them from drying out and not opening.
- The orchid will keep looking its best with some ‘benign neglect’. Remove wilted flowers, but otherwise leave the plant alone.
- After flowering cut off the flower stem at the bottom. Zygopetalum will produce fresh flowers from a new stem. This does require patience: it can take 8 to 12 months.
Phalaenopsis is everyone’s friend. This fabulous orchid can be found in many homes, since it is by far the best-known of all the orchids.
There are over 20,000 different varieties of Phalaenopsis.
The great thing about this plant is that it can bloom for up to 12 weeks.
It’s a plant that you can enjoy for a long time!
Fact: These orchids originally grew in trees, in cracks in rocks or in very permeable soil like humus. They originate from Southeast Asia and Australia.
Caring for Phalaenopsis
Phalaenopsis is not a big drinker. The plant likes to be given some water once the soil is fairly dry. You should do this roughly every seven to ten days (approximately every five to seven days in the summer), preferably in the morning. In the winter the plant likes to be sprayed from time to time, but be careful not to spray the flowers.
The Phalaenopsis orchid likes a sunny spot, but not in direct sunlight, since this can damage the leaves. Nor should you place the plant in a draught, or near fruit (bananas and orchids are a particularly bad mix!).
The plant does best at a minimum daytime temperature of around 19°C, and night-time temperature of 16°C. The temperature should never drop below 16°C, because the roots stop working at 15°C.
Tip: If the plant drops its buds, that is because it has been too cold, given too much water or too little light.
But how do you know how to help your plant? If the leaves get darker, the orchid needs a lighter position.
If the shine disappears or the leaves get scorched, it is too directly in the sun.
Maintaining a Phalaenopsis
The plant likes to be fed from time to time in the spring and summer. You should use special orchid food for this. The packaging tells you how to use it.
Orchids like to be repotted once every 2 to 3 years in a pot that is at least 20% larger than the previous pot. Never repot the plant with ‘normal’ potting soil, but with special potting soil for orchids. The plant prefers it if you do this during the spring, when it can best repair any damage.
Most people throw their plant away when it has finished flowering, but that’s a real waste for a plant that’s still doing very well!
What should you do in order to encourage new flowers? Cut a stem that has finished flowering (12 cm below the flower that has finished blooming).
Remove the dead leaves and the old flower stems. Use sharp and clean tools for this!
Then put the plant away a spot that is seven degrees cooler, but continue to look after the plant in the same way.
After a while the plant will develop new shoots and produce new stems. It will take around 100 days before the orchid starts flowering again.
Orchids at Easter
As well as being very suitable for styling your interior, the orchid can also be a star of your Easter table.
Choose soft shades like white and lilac combined with yellow for the ultimate Easter vibe!
Tip 1: After Easter orchids are fabulous as summer or spring styling in your interior!
Tip 2: Place an orchid flower in a bowl with water. That way you are using flowers in a different way to decorate the table, which also looks very festive!
Tip 3: Combine various colours of orchids on the table to give depth and a playful effect.
Thanks to: draadenspijker.com
You can enjoy your orchid during the summer months too, when we spend a lot of time outdoors. Most orchid species can be placed outside, and they look so nice on your terrace or balcony! Did you know that there are special garden orchids too? Read all about it in this article!
Orchids on your terrace or balcony
A number of orchid species such as Cymbidium, Dendrobium and Cambria can happily be placed outside in spring and summer in order to bring colour to your garden table or balcony. By putting your Orchid outside you encourage the plant the produce buds. But do keep a close eye on the outdoor temperature, especially in the evening. It should not be less than 9 °C or more than 25 °C. Choose a spot out of the wind and in the shade. Avoid bright afternoon sun and take advantage of the mild morning and evening sun. Do water your plant a bit more often when it’s outdoors! Important to note: make sure there are no snails around.
Also read: Garden trends with outdoor orchids
There are also special garden orchids available, such as Dactylorhiza and Epipactus. These species can generally cope well with full sun, provided that the plants always have moisture available. Good places for planting are along the edge of a pond for example. Make sure that the roots are not constantly under water; because they don’t like that. They’re actually waterside plants. If you don’t have a pond in your garden, then it’s better to place the Dactylorhiza and Epipactus in partial shade.
Garden orchids grow in areas where the temperature can drop below -20 °C. These orchids protect themselves by staying below ground in the winter. In the spring they emerge from the ground and within 3 to 4 weeks they are already in bloom. After this you have 3 to 8 weeks of enjoyment – depending on the variety.
Read all about the garden orchid in this article!
Photos: Judith Prins Tuinorchideeën
The 68th edition of the Keukenhof got underway in Lisse on 23 March 2017, and one of the highlights is the orchid show in the Beatrix Pavilion. There are hundreds of orchids on display in all colours, shapes and sizes. The theme is “Dutch Design”, which fits perfectly with the orchid because this plant is a true style icon.
Orchids as source of inspiration
For Dutch designers, the orchid is a source of inspiration. The elegant Orchid Shoes from shoe designer Jan Jansen are exhibited in a life-size window display alongside orchids in matching rich colours.
The Orchid Twister from interior designer François Hannes is also on show. This is a unique interior accessory which is designed to let the orchids shine. The Orchid Basket from Roderick Vos combines different kinds of white orchids, proving that simplicity is a thing of beauty.
Extensive orchid family
The Orchid Cloud is eye-catching and perfect for photo opportunities. The extensive family of orchids are placed in unique 3D printed pots and displayed together on a mirrored stage. You can admire these exotic orchids for eight weeks at the Keukenhof.
And … do you want to know which one of these beautiful plants suits you best? No problem! Just take a short, fun test on iPads in the pavilion to discover the “orchid for you”.
The Keukenhof closes its doors on 21 May 2017. By then around a million visitors from all over the world will have visited this unique flower and plant show.
Orchid lovers were inspired by the magical “Orchids Festival” at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London (4 February – 5 March 2017).
Inspired by the vibrant colours, culture and magnificent plant life of India, this year’s festival featured giant floral displays created using exotic orchids. Indian riksjas and life-sized animal figures including an elephant, peacock and monkey were decorated with i.e. Cymbidium, Paphiopedilum and Dendrobium. Phalaenopsis drops hung delicately from the ceiling, while a beautifully embellished traditional Indian marriage swing swayed among the Vandas, This year’s more dan 36,000 different orchids were present at the floral festival.
Elisa Biondi, Princess of Wales Conservatory Supervisor, RBG Kew says, “This year’s Orchids festival was really special and different. It immersed visitors in the sights, senses and sounds of India’s exotic and vibrant culture. Together with the amount of orchids we created an explosion of unique and colourful beauty.
The Orchid festival also included creative workshops with orchids, film screenings, behind-the-scenes tours and ‘Orchid Lates’, allowed you to experience the horticultural paradise after hours with cocktails and live performances.
More information: http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/orchids
Ashley James is thrilled to be the UK ambassador of the orchid. With her cheerful personality and her passion for orchids she is eager to show everybody how orchids can make you happier. Throughout the year she will also inspire all of us about the many faces of the plant. More than 25,000 faces to be specific, because that’s how many species of orchids exist. With so many different orchids available, you can imagine there is an orchid for every personality, every social occasion and every interior.
Favourite orchids of Ashley James
Ashley can remember having a fondness for the orchid since the age of eight and out of the 25,000 species; she has managed to choose her three favorites:
- Dendrobium – The name is from the Greek dendron (“tree”) and bios (“life”); it means “one who lives on trees”, or, essentially, “epiphyte”.
- Cymbidium – Or ‘boat orchid’ to some. The new Latin genus name is derived from the Latin cymba meaning boat.
- Phalaenopsis – Also known as moth orchids, and the most popular orchid.
Show who you are
Ashley James is this year’s ambassador of the new European Union co-funded 3 year campaign called ‘We feel better around orchids: show who you are’. Basic thought behind the campaign is the fact that orchids show who you are: there are so many species of orchids that there is an orchid for every personality, every social occasion and every interior. On several social platforms and occasions – for example during the International Day of the Orchid on Thursday the 1st of September – Ashley will show the versatility of the orchid.
About Ashley James
As well as building a successful acting career, Ashley is an international model with agencies in Istanbul, Milan and London. Throughout her modelling career she has been the face of many well-known brands.
About the campaign ‘We feel better around orchids’
This material is produced originally on behalf of a program which is co-financed by the European Union between 2016-2018.
What is your favourite colour this Christmas?
The best holidays at the end of the year are Christmas! Happy times, family and delicious food. Beautiful things and accessories give your home a festive atmosphere. Then there’s the typical green atmosphere creators, such as luxurious-looking orchids in a whole host of warm colours.
What are the Christmas trends this year? What colours will we see on the Christmas tree? And what accessories and plants can you use to bring Christmas 2015 into your home? Read about the trends and allow yourself to be inspired.
A wonderful thing to do during the Christmas holidays is take a wintry stroll through the countryside. Bring this natural atmosphere into your home with wooden accessories and a colourful blend of natural materials. Bring the feel of the outdoors, indoors. It’s mainly warm, wintry colours that do this: yellow, purple and blue. Look for a purple Paphiopedilum or a Cymbidium in a shade of brown. An orchid in its natural form looks totally hot next to the wooden Christmas tree, creating an extra natural look!
It’s not so long ago that Scandinavian robustness blew over with a fresh wind from the far north – a trend that creates a warm look in the home. Hints of denim, copper and ochre yellow blend in with natural and robust materials perfectly. Choose a robust Christmas with copper bells in your tree, for example. Allow the colours blue and ochre yellow to re-emerge in your orchids.
Experience the romantic atmosphere this Christmas. Pastel colours and geometric shapes form the basis of this trend. Silver highlights and sparkling glitters create a festive feel. You can extend this charming, romantic atmosphere through to your Christmas tree. Combine it with different soft shades of orchids, such as a soft pink Phalaenopsis, otherwise known as a butterfly orchid. It is wonderful to come home to this romantic atmosphere.
The days are shorter. Announce the magical time around Christmas. Luxurious materials with a golden glow give your house a chic look. A bit of silver, glitters and the correct lighting bring magical glamour to your home. To top this all off in a chic manner, just add the queen of plants: the orchid. Pure white in a gold and silver pot. Or even a ‘red’ variety of orchid. Don’t hold back this Christmas!