Note from the Greenhouse
Welcome to the first edition of our new monthly newsletter. We are keeping it relatively short for this first introductory installment while we “find our feet,” but we promise that if you stick with us, you’ll get to know us better. You’ll also get to know a lot about the orchids we love to grow. Thanks for joining us!
Marlow Orchids started in 1993 out of Jim Marlow’s small city backyard greenhouse. While working for Xerox, Jim would bring a few Phalaenopsis orchids to the office for sale. In 1995, Jim decided to start selling his plants at orchid shows, beginning with our home show in Rochester, NY. Very quickly he began to expand to other shows beyond New York State, all while continuing to work for Xerox full time. Fortunately for Jim, in 2002 he was given the opportunity to to focus on his passion full time when Xerox offered him early retirement.
Shortly before retirement, Jim and Mike purchased the property that Marlow Orchids, LLC currently sits on, and built a 2000-square-foot greenhouse. In 2003, the workshop, garage, and shipping areas were remodeled to support the growing operation. Marlow Orchids has continued to enlarge and expand, its business, and in 2014 the company saw another great growth spurt with the redevelopment of our website thanks to our webmaster Tim Choltco.
Over the past four years a lot has happened, and great new developments are in store for Marlow Orchids. Tune in next month and we’ll continue with our “next generation” history, as well as a look at where we’re headed.
We are located at:
2272 Scottsville Road
Scottsville, NY 14564
Tel: (585) 889-7083
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Marlow Orchids is embarking on an exciting phase of growth with new partnerships that will add dozens of fantastic orchid varieties to our inventory. While we can’t divulge details just yet, stay tuned for news about developments. We promise it will be worth the wait.
In the meantime, check our website for several new categories under the “Shop for Plants” tab:
Upcoming Events July Open House! Mark your calendar for July 14, 9AM-4PM. Mike will have his usual assortment of delectable goodies cooked up, and there will be tea and coffee. There will also be several classes on orchid-related topics, including a repotting course.
Jonathan is a graduate of Morrisville State College where he majored in greenhouse management. He has worked in the green industry for the past 12 years. Jonathan manages all greenhouse activities and attends orchid shows and sales representing Marlow Orchids.
Summer Checklist For most of the U.S., July means longer days and rising temperatures. For some genera, like Cattleyas, these conditions are ideal for increased vigor and sturdy new growths. For cooler-growing species, however, summer can be a challenge. The following list gives a quick summary of how you can make sure your orchids make it through the hot summer days healthy and happy.
July is all about producing fat, happy growths since this month’s pseudobulbs are the source of this fall’s buds and blooms. Feed and water liberally, but ensure good air movement to keep those leaves cool.
Repotting should be wrapped up by now. As above, feed and water well, and keep tender Phal leaves out of the hot sunshine.
Cooler temps and good air circulation are crucial to avoid disease. Make sure not to let Paphs dry out at this time of year. Pay attention to water collecting in the crowns, which can rot new growths.
- Pleurothallids and cool growers:
This time of year presents big challenges. Consider moving Pleuros and other high-elevation plants to cooler summer quarters such as a basement under lights. Don’t forget to provide the brisk air movement that these plants need to thrive.
Growers of Vandaceous plants have it the easiest this time of year. Vandas and their relatives are in their element, basking in the warmth and humidity in many parts of the country. Feed liberally and water well, but keep an eye out for pests, especially if growing outdoors.
Orchid of the Month
This month we highlight Paphioedilum volonteanum, recently recast as a variety of Paphiopedilum hookerae. A native of Northern Borneo, this beauty was discovered growing on and around the slopes of Mount Kinabalu. Paph. volonteanum is found in hilly forests in the shade of bushes, often near waterfalls. This species appreciates shady conditions and will do best in intermediate temperatures. Keep the plant evenly moist, and repot annually in fresh mix. We currently have these available in 3.5” pots, single-growth plants near blooming size. Call or e-mail for details.