Grown by enthusiasts for their sheer elegance and fascination, they’re favored as either a corsage worn on the dress, or as a wristband at many proms and special events. Orchids have long been a symbol of love and beauty, from weddings to conferences, sprays of orchids grace the tables as decoration.
Withover 30,000 hybrids and more introduced every year, there is a huge variety of orchids to choose from for the orchid enthusiast. Indeed, orchids grow in every continent but Antarctica, so a grower can choose between native orchids, depending on availability and suitability. And while the true orchid enthusiast could (and should) spend considerable time poring through entire tomes on the growth and care of orchids, the first time grower needs to begin somewhere.Here, you’ll learn the basics of caring for orchids that are generally robust and easy to grow. Once you’ve grasped these basics, if you still find your passion for orchids intensifying, you’ll be able to explore the more challenging orchid varieties as you gain confidence.
Find the right orchid for your home. The proper care of orchids starts with choosing plants that are suited to your particular environment. The orchids discussed here are suggested for growing in the home because of their adaptability to most conditions, ease of growing, ready availability, and their beautiful flowers. If you do find yourself wanting to extend beyond the easier varieties later, it’s recommended that you do plenty of research into the specific needs of the more delicate and fussy varieties of orchids. Some things to bear in mind when choosing an orchid include:
Will the orchid have enough space when fully grown? Or will it need to be moved somewhere else? Some orchids can be massive when fully grown and are best placed in a greenhouse.
Can you provide the temperature requirements that the orchid needs? Orchids can be divided into three types by temperature requirements––cool, intermediate and warm, meaning that orchids require certain minimum night temperatures in order to grow successfully.
Do you have a greenhouse or conservatory if needed? Many orchids will thrive best in such an environment than simply sitting in the house or back porch. If you don’t, prefer the orchids that like being indoors (see list below).
Buy flowering plants. The plants that already have flowers are a great buy, because it can take up to five years for a seedling to produce a flower. Unless you’re exceedingly patient, or already have a greenhouse full of orchids, you probably don’t want to wait that long.
Consider your growing conditions. Select an orchid based on the growing conditions in your home. This matters because each type of orchid has different requirements, dependent on the orchid’s origins. Always read the label accompanying the instructions to make sure the plant is suitable for your home and garden conditions. Here are some common species of orchids that usually grow well in the basic home environment.
Next time we will go over certain types of more commonly known orchids, until then happy growing!