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Steve Frowine: The Orchid Man (page 2 of 2)

by Charlie Nardozzi

Orchid Growing Tips

The easiest orchids to grow at home are the moth orchids. If you don't have a sunny windowsill, the best way to get your orchids blooming is to grow them as Steve does, under fluorescent lights. Steve also likes to place his orchids outside in summer in a shady area or lathe house. "The orchids increase in size, and the cool night temperatures help stimulate flowering in fall and winter," he says.

So what are an orchid guru's favorite orchids? Here's Steve's short list of easy-to-grow, fragrant orchids to try at home.

Five easy and very fragrant orchids:

Oncidium 'Sharry Baby' (Chocolate Orchid). This widely available orchid smells like chocolate and vanilla.

Brassavola nodosa (Lady of the Night). Its glistening, white flowers have a heavenly evening fragrance.

Neofinetia falcata (Japanese Wind Orchid). This orchid is revered by the Japanese for its jasmine scent. It's a small grower perfect for windowsills or under lights.

Rhyncostylis gigantea (Foxtail Orchid). A larger orchid best suited to a sunroom or greenhouse, this one will fill up a room with it pungent citrus-like intoxicating scent.

Encyclia cordigera (Butterfly Orchid). It has a sumptuous scent that is a blend of vanilla and honey.

For more information on orchid growing, Steve recommends checking out the American Orchid Society Web site at: http://www.orchidweb.org

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