Or­chids for ev­ery el­e­va­tion

Hilo club’s show, sale grows near

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMENTARY -

Peo­ple think or­chids come from hot steamy jun­gles, and some do, but they also come from cool moun­tain­ous cloud forests and ev­ery­where in be­tween.

In Hawaii, every­one can grow or­chids, but the key is know­ing what kinds of orchid will grow at what el­e­va­tion be­cause el­e­va­tion de­ter­mines the tem­per­a­ture.

A good way to find out what kinds of or­chids will grow best at your el­e­va­tion is to visit the up­com­ing Hilo Orchid So­ci­ety Show and Sale, “Jewels of the Jun­gle,” from June 2-4 at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Multi-Pur­pose Sta­dium.

The event is the big­gest orchid show in the state and fea­tures thou­sands of or­chids on ex­hibit and for sale, in­clud­ing types that grow warm, in­ter­me­di­ate and cool ar­eas.

Ruth Ro­bi­son, Hilo Orchid So­ci­ety mem­ber, says warm-grow­ing or­chids from places such as the jun­gles of New Guinea and the Philip­pines will grow in Hilo and along the coast. This in­cludes

and many lesser-known types such as

Cool-grow­ing or­chids from places such as the An­des Moun­tains and the foothills of the Hi­malayas would never bloom in Hilo but will do just fine in Vol­cano. This in­cludes many and lesser-known types such as

For more in­for­ma­tion about the show, visit www. hiloorchid­so­ci­ety.org.

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