Choosing an Orchid
The Orchid Family is the largest of
all the plant families in the plant kingdom,
consisting of over 30,000 species. For
over 300 years adventurers have collected
orchids from areas as diverse as the Himalayas of Nepal
to the jungles of Venezuela. Today, the beginner or
hobbyist can cultivate many of these and the hybrids
derived from them in their home, garden, or greenhouse.
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate offers one of the world’s
largest selections of orchid species and hybrids and can
provide you with the information you need to cultivate
The key to success with an orchid lies in providing the
proper environment for the plant, an environment similar
to that of its native habitat. An orchid is happiest and
most productive when its light, temperature, water, and
nutrient needs are met. It is possible, with the proper
care, to grow any orchid in any part of the world; we
have customers in Alaska who grow orchids native to
Brazil. We recommend that you select orchids which will
flourish in your environment, or create an environment in
which the orchids you select will grow. Fortunately,
there are many types of orchids which thrive in the
average home or patio area.
Here at Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, we grow orchids in
basically two different climates: outdoors and indoors.
Many orchids are perfectly suited for growing outdoors in
subtropical climates such as coastal California, and are
grown in areas shaded to their liking (most need quite
bright, filtered light). During the winter, the outdoor
temperature will occasionally slide into the high 20’s and
low 30’s at night, with no damage to these temperature tolerant
types. In summertime, if it gets too hot for
certain species (cymbidiums are stressed above 100
degrees F) we mist or water to keep them cool. Inside
our greenhouse, warm-growing orchids enjoy
plenty of indirect sunlight and temperatures rarely
dipping below 60 degrees F at night, not unlike the
climate maintained in most homes. With the proper
attention, a plant native to Costa Rican rainforests will
bloom happily on your kitchen table and reward you with
a lifetime of beauty.
At Santa Barbara Orchid Estate we are proud to
offer a huge variety of orchid species and hybrids.
In this brochure we are listing our most popular
and easy-to-grow orchids. Ask for our other lists,
or check our website for more information.