The Flying Duck Orchid!

Here is another unique orchid. It is called the Flying Duck Orchid It’s botanical name is Caleana major.

It’s a small orchid, about 50 cm tall. It grows in eastern and southern Australia.

It’s a truly remarkable flower – it seriously looks just like a male duck in flight!

Stayed turned for more amazing orchids in the near future.

Window Orchid Display Table Example

Everyone loves to display their blooming orchids in their homes.   Putting them all around the house adds a nice decorators touch to each room, but you can also put them all on one table for a more dramatic display.    Your friends and family will love to see what you have blooming, and the display is constantly changing throughout the year, so it never looks the same.

Here is a sample window display you can set up in your home to show off your blooming orchids.  Remember to put it in an East or North facing window.  No direct sunlight as it can burn the tender leaves of some orchids, such as Phalaenopsis.   Also the humidity inside homes is usually quite low, especially in the winter and the hot part of the summer when the air conditioner is running.  You can provide more humidity by using a humidity tray under the orchids.

To set up a homemade humidity tray,  place a shallow pan filled with gravel, decorative pebbles or lava rock on your table and fill with a small amount of water.  Set the orchid pots on top of the rocks, but never let them sit in standing water.  The pots should be above the water level at all times.

Keep your inside orchids clean by hosing off the entire plant in the bathtub or outside about once a month.  Do this in the morning so the plant will have time to dry off completely during the day.  Also never let water accumulate at the growing point on Phalaenopis (the point where the leaves connect at the center).   Water left in the crown can lead to crown rot, so dump out, and blow out any remaining water on the plant before putting back on the table.

Lastly a small fan for air circulation would be very helpful.  Put it on a timer and have it run for a few hours, on and off during the day.   Orchids love moving air.

Best of luck on your home display.

Malibu Orchid Society Special Speaker July 16

Upcoming events at the Malibu Orchid Society

Bryce Augustine will speak on “Orchid Propagation”

7:00 pm. Tuesday, July 16th

Pacific Palisades Women’s Club
901 Haverford Avenue,
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

I got a call from Melissa Lovelady tonight informing me that there is a special speaker this month at the Malibu Orchid Society.  Melissa wanted me to pass on the information, so here it is.   If any of you are interested in carpooling,  contact me and I will put you in touch with other SFVOS members that may be going.  Pam Aitchison (818) 406-5734.

Below is a excerpt from the Malibu Orchid Society Website.

Bryce Augustine is our speaker this month!  Bryce is a long time member of the Santa Barbara Orchid society and an American Orchid Society judge.   He owns and operates Monsoon Flora Orchids (, which he established in 1991 and where he produces Paphs and Phrags in flasks, compots and seedlings.
He is a 20-year veteran of the American Orchid Society judging system as an accredited AOS judge and brought AOS judging to the central coast in April 2008 by creating a new Judging site in Santa Barbara where he served as its chairman for two years.

His presentations are always fun and informative and this coming meeting will be no exception.  He will cover many different aspects of Orchids, covering how propagation from seedpods, rainforests, and your own backyard jungle are interrelated.