An Oklahoma man's passion for growing orchids started when he was a teenager years ago in Florida, where the exotic flowering plant thrives in the tropical atmosphere.
Mike Friday, who now lives near Lexington, moved to Texas after his college graduation and took all of his orchid plants with him then. However, they didn't survive the cooler temperatures.
In Florida, “it was easy to grow them because you just hang them in the trees,” he said. That doesn't work in Oklahoma.
Friday, now 55, has since learned how to make orchids thrive in this climate. Today, he and his wife live near Lexington, and they have about 400 orchid plants from about 25 different families growing in his specially built greenhouse.
Some of his plants, along with thousands of other orchids, will be on display this weekend at the annual Mother's Day Show and Sale presented by the Oklahoma Orchid Society. Friday, who is society vice president, said the organization puts on the show every year to show off the plant and help people learn how to grow them.
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