I went to the Pacific Orchid Expo in San Francisco on Saturday. It was held in the Fort Mason Center, and had extensive orchid displays and over 70 vendors selling orchids. The number of orchids for sale was daunting (and intimidating, somewhat), with Cymbidiums and Dendrobiums dominating (the things in bloom). I went with a definite list
- I wanted to visit the Orchid Zone booth and look at their Odontoglossom hybrids,
- I wanted to look at Sunset Valley Orchids and their mini/intermediate Cattleyas, and purchase a couple of these, focussing on yellows and oranges.
- I wanted to find a Psychopsis to replace the one that I inadvertently pruned.
I was lucky to be able to find all of these. I found The Orchid Zone right away, and was able to get two of their Odontiodas. I purchased two Cattleyas from SVO, one orange and one yellow. I had to look hard for the Psychopsis, but finally found them in a vendor from Taiwan — and they also had a Psychopsis Papilio (a yellow one) — and I purchased that also.
As always, it was great to see the plants, as I can’t get a good idea of the full plant from just seeing the flowers on the internet. This was a little intimidating, and will take some getting used to — I purchased a couple of plants without tags — and I shouldn’t do that.
I was driven to the show by my daughter, because of my broken leg. It was fun however running around the show in a wheelchair. We spent about 2 1/2 hours at the show, and it will be good to go next year, and be able to see much more.