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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 them.

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.

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