Welcome to Bubba's Orchids.com!
My name is Bubba - at least that is what everyone calls me. For years I have had a few of these funny looking plants they call orchids. At different times of the year, I would be presented with beautiful blooms. I started out with just one and then another... then another... then another. Soon, my "collection" grew to over a hundred plants! Most of them came from my friend Steve.
Steve is one of those people that everyone likes. He has grown orchids for close to 40 years. I met Steve one day at the local home improvement store, and we talked about the orchid emblem he had on the shirt he was wearing. He told me about his orchids and his trips to collect orchids. He asked about my work. At the time, I was a computer support engineer. Well, as luck would have it, Steve was having computer problems and invited me over to look at his orchid collection and work on his computer!
I took him up on the offer and paid him a visit. I worked on the computer and resolved the issues. We toured the greenhouses and when I started to leave, he asked what he owed me. Well, I was so interested in his orchids, I asked for one instead of money. That is how it all started.
Over the past 15 years or so, I have spent many hours working on Steve's computers, and have received many orchids and other tropical plants. We have worked together on greenhouse projects and other things. He has visited my house and given me many pointers on how to grow plants and how to setup my greenhouse.
Recently, I accompanied Steve to South Florida for the Redlands International Orchid Festival. There I met many growers and made a great number of friends. I also learned a lot about the growers. I have decided to put what I learned into this site. I hope you enjoy what you read. There will be tips (both DOs and DON'Ts). Many are tips from growers. There will also be stories about people and places. I hope NOT to embarrass people, but sometimes things happen that just do that. Maybe you will get a little laugh - maybe you will be spurred to think about something - maybe you will gain some knowledge that will help you down the road.
So, let's get started on this great adventure. By the time you finish reading, I may even be selling some of these beautiful plants. So, on with the great orchid adventure!
Orchids, Tips, Trips, and Orchid Growers
I attended the 2010 Redlands International Orchid Festival! Now I know EVERYTHING there is to know 'bout them funny things they call orchids. Well, I am so much in the know that I spent, well, I won't say just how much money I spent, and will soon begin to make my fortune on them, too!
ACTUALLY, I am a novice at this, but I did hear LOTS of things about the orchids, AND the orchid growers! Honestly, they let all kinds of people grow orchids! You just can't believe how much fun you can have just listening to what orchid people say! I promise not to use anyone's FULL name in the stories I tell on this site. But, those of you that were there and met me, I bet you will know who I am talking about!
This project will never be finished. Each show I visit will surely give me more to add. If you have some stories you want to add, send me an email and we will see if we can add them to the tales.