Note from the Greenhouse
It's August already! Where the heck is the summer going? All of us at Marlow Orchids trust that you've been enjoying a happy and healthy growing season, and a wonderful summer. As usual, we've been hard at work behind the scenes to bring you interesting varieties of plants. There is always more than meets the eye when running a greenhouse. It's not just plant care; it's all the things you don't see, from equipment maintenance to managing the actual business. As always, we couldn't do it without you, our customers, and we are grateful to each and every one of you every day for your continued support. Get out there and enjoy the rest of your summer!
Marlow Orchids started in 1993 out of Jim Marlow’s small city backyard greenhouse. While working for Xerox, Jim would bring a few Phalaenopsis orchids to the office for sale. In 1995, Jim decided to start selling his plants at orchid shows, beginning with our home show in Rochester, NY. Very quickly he began to expand to other shows beyond New York State, all while continuing to work for Xerox full time. Fortunately for Jim, in 2002 he was given the opportunity to focus on his passion full time when Xerox offered him early retirement. Shortly before retirement, Jim and Mike purchased the property that Marlow Orchids, LLC currently sits on, and built a 2000-square-foot greenhouse. In 2003, the workshop, garage, and shipping areas were remodeled to support the growing operation. Marlow Orchids has continued to enlarge and expand, its business, and in 2014 the company saw another great growth spurt with the redevelopment of our website thanks to our webmaster Tim Choltco.
Find us on the Web:
Marlow Orchids has a new, updated website! The revamped site has been up and running for a few weeks, and we are steadily working out all the little bugs that typically accompany a project like this. We hope you'll find the new site cleaner, easier to navigate, easier to place orders and make purchases, more informative, and—of course—just more fun. We've also incorporated a special section just for growing supplies, and we are steadily expanding our offerings to make your orchid growing tasks simpler and more pleasurable. Please visit the site, explore, and let us know what you think!
October 5-6: Central New York Orchid Society Show and Sale, Syracuse, New York
October 19: Marlow Orchids fall open house, 9:30-3:30 PM
November 8-10: Massachusetts Orchid Society Show and Sale, https.//www.massachusettsorchid.org/show
In and Around the Greenhouse
Our newly expanded line of potting media is available both at the greenhouse and online. More products are constantly being added, including but not limited to fertilizer, sprays, growing enhancers, and pots. Check out our current inventory on the website under Growing supplies. And as always, be sure to visit our website to see what's currently for sale in spike and in bloom. This list obviously changes with the season, so check back regularly!
Our featured plant this month is a sterling example of the beauty that can be achieved through intentional orchid hybridization. Phalaenopsis Samera, the result of a cross between two extremely popular species (bellina x violacea), is one of those plants that is truly greater than the sum of both of its parents, presenting a variety of colors in common with both, and an incredible scent that combines characteristics of both species.
Both bellina and violacea are native to warmer, tropical regions in South Asia (Borneo for bellina, Sumatra for violacea), so this hybrid will likewise do very well in a warm greenhouse or warmer spot in the home with good and constant air movement. Fairly high humidity is a prerequisite for decent blooming. Plants being grown under windowsill conditions can be misted (taking care not to let water sit in the crown of the plant), or you can use humidity trays or a cool-mist humidifier. Flowers come in a variety of colors, with a blue form also available (incorporating the coerulea/indigo form of violacea). The remarkable scent is prevalent no matter what the color, intense and fruity, particularly during daylight hours. Like most Phals, don't let the growing medium get too dry between watering, and don't expose the plant to direct afternoon sun.
We have these glorious orchids in stock now and available for immediate shipment! Visit our website to find out more information: Phalaenopsis Samera
Tip of the Month
Summer is upon us in all its glory! But also with the full power of its blasting sunshine and heat. Read on for some tips on how to protect your plants from getting sunburn—or, in this case, leaf burn.
Acclimate plants slowly to the outdoors. If your plants have been outside for weeks and have already gotten sunburned, then you have already figured this one out for next summer! Your orchids should be introduced slowly to the full power of the summer sun, bearing in mind that real sunlight (even in semi-shaded conditions) is much stronger than the light they've been used to indoors. This is especially true if you grow under artificial lights.
Light levels will need to be lower than you think they should be. Even higher-light plants like Vandas and some Cattleyas can't take a full day of unshaded sunlight, and they absolutely will burn. Experiment with shade cloth (which can cut light levels as much as 60%), and/or slatted wood coverings over the growing area.
Windows can offer some small protection. Plants that are growing on a sun porch benefit a tiny bit from the window glass's shading effect. But bear in mind that if you open a window behind them, even that small bit of protection is lost. Also, plants very close to the glass (or touching it) can be burned from the heat coming off the glass itself. Tilting blinds or shade cloth can help filter the light to safer levels.
Feel the leaves from time to time. Leaves that feel hot to the touch are a good indicator of getting too much light. Move them out of the sun or shade them during the times of greatest risk depending on the light level and angle in your particular growing location.
If a plant gets sunburned, keep an eye on it. Sunburn is largely a cosmetic concern, and leaves that have been burned will typically just eventually fall off at the end of their normal growth cycle and be replaced by healthier new growth. However, once the leaves have gotten sunburned, you should watch them for any signs of rot. There is the risk for mushiness and rot to set in (especially in prolonged periods of rain) because of the damaged cellular tissue. Be aware that rot can spread aggressively!