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Cool Growing Orchids

Mysterious, romantic and sometimes surreal, orchids are the most highly developed plants. They also have a reputation for being difficult, and some are. However, the ones we grow are reliable, sturdy, lovely and a perfect fit for patios as well as windowsills and greenhouses.

When most people think of orchids, steamy jungles or greenhouses come to mind. Although numerous orchid species are tropical, there are also many that grow in the temperatures of a home or a patio in a cooler, northern climate. They include Australian Dendrobiums and Masdevallias.

Flowers by the Sea specializes in growing these spectacular-looking orchids, which thrive in cooler settings and on summer patios. You don't need a greenhouse that is expensive to heat in order to grow them. Our orchids are natural looking, tough and pest resistant.

Although our selection is small, we are proud of the excellent plants we grow. All are fine clones that have been raised with care and are easy to grow if you provide a humid environment.

3 categories


  • Dendrobium kingianum 'Elk #1

    (Pink Rock Orchid) Light pink flowers with a dark pink lip, often ten or more on an inflorescence. Better than ‘Ruth’ in my opinion. Cane size is mid-way between our 'Elk White' and 'Paul'. Foliage is very dark green and heavy.

    I suspect this clone to be a chance tetraploid. It is the best of a large lot of seedlings raised from a flask secured in Australia many years ago. It grows slowly, but is very hardy and eventually makes very large plants. We have a 12" by 36" tree fern slab covered with this clone at one end of a greenhouse.


  • Dendrobium kingianum var. album 'Elk White'

    (White Rock Orchid) This variety is the result of a selfing of the very fine ‘Bay Islands’ clone. It is a very small cane, generally less than 3 inches high and very fat. A miniature delight! Small, pure white heavy textured flowers are presented on short stems. The foliage is light green – this is a true album. It is my personal favorite for tree fern baskets or slabs.

    Needs to be kept quite moist.  We grow in rock and in less light than most kingianum clones.


  • Dendrobium x delicatum 'Elk #1'

    Dendrobium x delicatum is a natural hybrid, the result of crossing D. kingianum with D. speciosum. Flowers by the Sea has grown 'Elk #1,' a family heirloom, for decades in environments as diverse as full sun on rocks on the California coast to hollow stumps to garden beds to tree fern slabs. When grown in flowerpots, it forms large clumps that display multiple sprays of light pink, fragrant flowers, usually twice a year. This makes a grand specimen in a few years.


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Plant is doing well but not yet the showy plant described. Providing great late summer color and survived a week of 100+ temps without any attention.
Ms. linda allen
Sep 7, 2017