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Larry Moskovitz

Sub-Region: Southern California Coastal, Inland
State: California
Business: Owner - Orchidanica
Photo Website: www.imagephotopro.com

Biographical Information

I have been growing orchids for over 40 years. My company Orchidanica propagates, grows, and sells orchids throughout the US. With a background in horticulture and photography I lecture all over the US and Canada on growing orchids.

Please tell us briefly about your favorite cause/business/product in which you are involved that you would like to share with the general public and why.
Orchids that are easy to grow both inside and outdoors in coastal climates.

Where can members get more of your advice?
www.orchidanica.com and at three Farmers Markets in San Diego County: Hillcrest Farmers Market, Del Mar Market, and Vista Farmers Market.

Background Information

Briefly describe the climate where you garden now (climate zone, state, area) and any other areas where you have gardened in the past.
Fallbrook- frost free, SF Bay area.

How long have you been gardening?
over 40 years.

What triggered your interest?
Going to the Everglades as a child and the Missouri Botanica Garden.

What is your specialty, expertise or claim to fame?

What formal education do you have?
BS Photography, dozens of Hort classes, 20 years as a nursery owner.

Larry's Book Recommendations

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids

Tropical Ornamentals

Home Orchid Growing

  Larry's Favorite Websites

Bella Online
Orchids Help and Info on Bella online has good in-depth articles on growing orchids.

How to Grow Orchids Video
My video which covers repotting, watering, light requirements, growing indoors and out and orchid myths is now available.

Orchid Mall
It has lots of info on orchids, show dates, info on speakers, and listing of orchid vendors

What formal horticultural training do you have?

What is your favorite garden or plant-related topic? Tell us a little about them.
Growing orchids in the windowsill and outdoors.

What is your biggest gardening pet peeve? Tell us about it.
Bad information from stores that sell plants but know nothing about them.

How much time per week do you spend gardening?
40 hours.

How much time per week do you spend working at the business of gardening, such as consulting, reading, writing or talking about your gardening subject?
50 hours.

What gardening or horticultural clubs, societies, or organizations (or any other interest) do you belong to?
San Diego Orchid Society, San Diego Horticultural Society, Southern California Palm Society

What other biographical information would you like to share?

Gardening Questions

What do you like most about gardening?
Seeing the plants grow and flower from seed.

What do you dislike most about gardening?
Santa Ana winds and extreme hot weather.

What individual has influenced your gardening interest the most? How?
Not any one person, but I grew up going to the Missouri Botanical Garden, where they had the Climatron, a huge geodesic dome with various microclimates. Basically it was a tropical rainforest with Palms, orchids, etc.

What is your favorite place or activity in the garden?

What is your favorite time in the garden?

What is your favorite public or private garden in the world? Why?
Mo Botanical Garden in St Louis.

What is your favorite color in the garden?
I don't really have a favorite color and am more interested in the shape of the flowers or plant and lean toward the more exotic,

If you could grow only one plant, what would it be?
The one plant I would like to grow is a coconut palm, Cocos nucifera probable because they are almost impossible to grow outdoors here and they represent the tropics.

What plant have you tried to grow that has given you the most trouble? Or, what plant would you like to grow and can't, and why?
Dendrobium cuthbertsonii

What is your favorite gardening outfit or costume?
I just wear cargo shorts or jeans. Hardly ever do I wear a Tuxedo when I'm gardening.

Do you have a gardening philosophy you would like to share with other gardeners? What is it?
My gardening philosophy is to research the plant that you want to grow and don't give up because someone says that it won't grow here.

Who is your own favorite gardening personality on TV, radio or in print? Why?
My favorite speaker on orchids is Alexander Hirtz from Ecuador but he is not on tv or in print locally.

What is the one question about gardening you would really like people to ask you?
The one question I would like to hear is how can I learn more about growing orchids? What books, lectures, and websites are available ?

And what's the answer?

What is a garden myth you hear frequently which you know is untrue?
Water your orchids with ice cubes.

And, what is the reality?
Don't do it - it isn't enough water and it is too cold- they're tropicals.

What group or kind of person do you think would benefit most from the advice you can give on gardening?
People who are afraid of orchids, beginners and intermediate growers.

Would you like to participate, or can you recommend someone who you think should? We're always looking for more expert gardeners to tell about their philosophies and give their plant recommendations contact us and we'll get started.

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