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Orchids aren't as fussy as you think

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

Hear horticulturists describe just what makes orchids bloom and what conditions make them wither.

Orchids can be fussy, even maddening. The writer Susan Orlean wrote, "Orchids seem to drive people crazy. Those who love them love them madly."

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, it's Horticulture Day! Host Charity Nebbe speaks to experts about how to set your orchids up for success and common problems gardeners run into.


  • Aaron Steil, consumer horticulture extension specialist at Iowa State University
  • Chris Currey, associate professor of horticulture at Iowa State University
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Zachary Oren Smith is a reporter covering Eastern Iowa
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