Orchids are an elegant and particularly long-lasting type of flower. Known for their
resilience, an orchid is both prized in the home and out in the garden. There are
many different types of orchids – from Anota Violacea orchids to Canda orchids,
which originated in India. However, the most common
types of orchids for the home are the Phalaenopsis orchids and the Dendrobium
orchids; both of which produce blooms of unmatched beauty and strength – with
flowers that will remain in bloom for long periods of time.
Phalaenopsis orchids are known as the "moth" orchid because of the fluttering
appearance of their flowers that resemble a moth's wing movement in flight. These
plants are ideal for growing indoors and can make a beautiful addition to any home
décor, garden or patio. Phalaenopsis orchids bloom early summer though fall with
flowers that can last for months in the right temperatures (warm with lower light).
This type of orchid is one of the best for those that are beginners or new to having
a green thumb due to their ease of care and variety of color – from basic
white to pink, yellow red and green.
There are over 1600 species in the Dendrobium Orchid family, with flowers in every
color combination that grow pendant like stems of fragrant flowers. These orchids
grow quickly throughout summer, but take a long rest during the winter. However,
with such a wide variety of species in the Dendrobium family – some may bloom
at other times of the year as well. Regardless of type – all Dendrobium orchids
require bright light, small pots, well-drained mixes and humidity between 50 and
70 percent. Sleeping buds erupt into shoots from the base mainly in spring, and
a few variations bloom also bloom in autumn. ds turn light golden brown, about 2
or 3 minutes. Watch them carefully to avoid burning. As soon as they begin to turn
brown remove from the heat.
Orchids are famous for their wonderful blooms that seem to last forever. Proper
care of your orchids will insure your plant reaches its maximum potential and beauty.
Light – An orchid needs an abundance of light. If you are keep your orchid
outdoors, make sure it is getting a lot of bright, indirect light or direct sun
in temperatures ranging from 75F – 85F a day. Orchids are a tropical plant by nature and thrive in that type of environment.
Water – Orchids do not have organs to store water like other flowers and therefore
excess water can kill them and cause root rot. The best way to water orchids is
to let water run through the soil (best done over a sink) about once a week.
Fertilizer – Only fertilize an orchid when the plant is not in bloom. Feed
the plant with a high-nitrogen fertilizer about once a month.
Humidity – Orchids love mild humidity. Place the plant over a tray or dish of water
to increase moisture. However, be sure to sit the plant on small rocks to ensure
plant is not sitting directly in water.
Pruning – After all the flowers have withered, cut the stem above the second or
third node below the last bloom. This will encourage new growth and keep the stem