3 sisters took a quick trip to Florida this week, to visit family and the beaches!
While there, we visited the Redlands of South Florida.
Along the way, horticulture farms and nurseries dotted the landscape, and being short of time, we resisted the urge to stop at every one and explore.
One memorable visit, was R.F Orchids in Homestead.
R.F Orchids is a Garden Center, specializing in orchids and other tropical flowers.
Upon parking our car, we were greeted by their beautiful tropical gardens.
R.F Orchids is a site for destination events. Guests can rent out their property for a delightful tropical wedding.
On the weekends, they guide tours through their gardens.
We enjoyed walking around, gazing at all the different plants.
An annual in Ohio (zone 5), bromeliads grow in warm, wet, shady climates.
For those of us with harsh winters, bromeliads can be planted in containers for the house.
Given the right care, bromeliads have few needs and very few problem pests.
If you purchase a bromeliad plant, make sure it's planted in a container with great drainage. Bromeliads can withstand drought, and do not tolerant being over-watered. Over-watering can lead to root rot.
Like the bromeliads planted in the Florida landscape, bromeliads planted inside like it warm and humid. with a south facing window.
Walking through their gorgeous gardens, we discovered staghorn Ferns growing on the trees. This is the typical growing environment for staghorn ferns. Mature plants need to be mounted on a headboard or basket. Like air plants, staghorn ferns grow in trees or on other plants.
Interesting fact, staghorn ferns adsorb water through their fronds (fern leaves).
Staghorns resemble the antlers of a dear or a moose, thus getting its name.
In our area, Staghorn ferns grow as annuals. They can be planted in containers and brought into the house. To thrive in your home, staghorns need indirect sunlight. Rooms with Southern and Eastern exposure tend to be the best locations for ferns.
Water once a week during the hot days of summer, and once every 2-3 weeks during the winter months.
"Whoa!" we all exclaimed as we caught sight of this monster of a cactus.
This is a Cereus Peruvianus Cactus (Peruvian Apple Cactus).
They are resistant to rot and disease, grow fast, and produce large white flowers.
In warmer areas, they can grow to a startling 20 feet high if planted in the ground.
Considered an annual here in Ohio, make sure they are placed in direct sunlight inside.
Walking inside R.F. Orchids greenhouses, we saw over 50 different colors of gorgeous orchids!
This purple orchid caught our attention.
This feathery orchid was a favorite.
We've never seen (or smelled) so many different kinds of orchids.
Yes, you read that correctly. Orchids have a scent!
This one in particular smelled like a hyacinth..
This orchid was growing in a tree.
The best orchid for growing indoors is the Phalaenopsis orchid.
These are the most popular for the home gardener and have long-lasting flowers.
Since the normal habitat for orchids growing is in trees, it's recommended to plant orchids in wood chips or sphagnum moss. R.F Orchids recommend mixing sphagnum and wood chips as a planting mix for orchids.
They love warm, humid areas, in indirect sunlight. Although a few cool nights do not harm them, orchids actually begin to their flower spikes in reaction to cool nights.
Water your orchid when the potting medium begins to dry out but before it becomes super dry. Keep the planting mix moist.
Phalaenopsis benefits from being fed with regular fertilizing.
Here at Miller Flowers, we sell the recommend fertilizer (Jacks 20-20-20).
To learn more about R. F. Orchids or to plan your trip:
To finish out our trip through the Redlands, we drove past this amazing field of Boston Ferns.
Redlands of South Florida was definitely one of the highlights of our trip!
To order any of the tropical plants, give us a call.
We'd be happy to help you make your house a tropical paradise!