Bexar County Master Gardeners taking orders for ‘Texas Superstar’ orchid

SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Master Gardener association, a volunteer horticulture program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is now taking orders for phalaenopsis orchids to be picked up May 10-11at its offices in Suite 208 of Conroy Square.

Conroy Square is located at 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive in northwest San Antonio.

The Bexar County Master Gardener association is currently taking orders for moth orchids that may be picked up at the AgriLife Extension  office for Bexar County on May 10-11. (Photo courtesy of Bexar County Master Gardener Lou Kellogg.)

The Bexar County Master Gardener association is currently taking orders for phalaenopsis or ‘moth orchids’ to be ordered by May 6 and picked up at the AgriLife Extension office for Bexar County on May 10-11. (Photo courtesy of Bexar County Master Gardener Lou Kellogg.)

“The month of May has some very important dates in it, including Mother’s Day and graduations,” said Lisa Nixon, Bexar County Master Gardener association president. “We have made arrangements with a wonderful orchid grower who was trained in Taiwan, so now we will be able to offer phalaenopsis orchids, also known as moth orchids, for sale to the public in order to raise funds for our community outreach.”

Nixon said the orchids will be provided to the Master Gardener association through a local distributor. The deadline to order is May 6, and orchids will be available for pickup at the Bexar County Master Gardener office on May 10 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or May 11 from 9 a.m.-noon.

The orchids are in quart-size pots and come in four solid colors – purple, white, pink and yellow – as well as a “surprise me” color that will be a uniquely different color or multi-colored orchid.

The cost for one or two orchids is $20 each, and the cost for three or more is $19 each.

“The retail for these orchids is usually about $30,” said David Rodriguez, the AgriLife Extension horticulturist who oversees the Bexar County Master Gardener program. “The   phalaenopsis or moth orchid has been designated a Texas Superstar plant, in part because it is relatively easy to care for and has large, beautiful blooms.”

Rodriguez said while orchids in general have the reputation of being high-maintenance, the moth orchid requires no special care and makes a beautiful addition to a home or office.

“They also make a great gift for Mother’s Day,” he said. “But you don’t really need a special occasion to treat yourself or a loved one to this beautiful and unusual plant.”

Rodriguez said additional information on the phalaenopsis can be found at http://www.plantanswers.com/orchid.htm and photos can be found at http://texassuperstar.com/plants/orchid/index.html.

An order form for the orchids may be found at the Bexar County Master Gardener website, http://www.bexarcountymastergardeners.org.

Texas Superstar is a registered trademark owned by Texas A&M AgriLife Research. More information about the Texas Superstar program can be found at http://www.texassuperstar.com/.

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