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Brighten winter days by growing orchids

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 9th, 2013

Judie Rickusí greenhouse in Newport features 100 varieties of orchids. (Courtesy photo by Judie Rickus)

Oregonís short, dark winter days may have people dreaming of the sunshine of exotic lands. Master gardeners suggest growing orchids to brighten winter days. Orchids are not as finicky to care for as their reputation claims, according to master gardeners who were trained by the Oregon State University Extension Service.

An orchid that is properly watered can brighten oneís home for years.

Lisa Long of St. Helens, a master gardener since 1994, has grown orchids for almost 20 years. Eleven potted orchids rest on trays of pebbles on her windowsill. One plant prevailed for 18 years, but it took 15 years to bloom from a seedling.

For the complete article see the 01-09-2013 issue.

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