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Orchids represent the largest family of flowering plants on Earth, with more than 25,000 species and over 200,000 hybrids.
Most orchids bloom annually, but if well-maintained they may bloom more often.
Orchids usually remain in bloom for six to 10 weeks.
Start with a mature plant.
Decide where you want your orchid and then pick a species that will grow in the light available in that location.
Orchids are very particular about light, especially indoors. Research the orchid you are interested in for the lighting specifications.
Since most orchids sold as houseplants are native to tropical regions, they can be sensitive
to drastic temperature changes. if you are too hot or cold, your orchid is likely too hot or too cold as well.
Since Orchids are often planted in a bark mix rather than soil. Water once a week, thoroughly each time so the roots have a chance to absorb the moisture DO NOT ALLOW TO SIT IN WATER. In order to keep your orchid healthy, place your potted plant on top of pebbles and add water to increase the humidity. Air flow is also very important.
Most orchids bloom annually, but if well-maintained they may bloom more often. Orchids usually remain in bloom for six to 10 weeks. Many orchids deal poorly with re-potting, and usually will not flower for at least a year after they have been disturbed
Suggested for repotting to be done every 2 to 3 years. Best time of the year is August. Remove from the pot and shake off what old medium easily falls away from the roots, trim any dead roots. Select a pot that drains well and allows for plenty of room for the new roots. Use a Fir Bark orchid mix, moisten and firmly but gently pack the mix around and in between the roots. Allow medium to dry before the first watering.
These classic corsage orchids are showy and often fragrant.
Because they need to thoroughly dry between waterings, they are
a great choice for people who sometimes forget to water. These
come in oranges, purples, pinks, reds, yellows, and whites.
These are large, cool growing orchids with grass-like leaves from
the Himalayas. They grow well on the US Pacific coast and other
Mediterranean-type climates. Some miniature varieties need
warmer temperatures. They come in reds, browns, yellows, pinks,
greens, and whites.
This is a large genus of orchids with varied growing needs. Many
come in pinks, purples, yellows, whites, oranges, and reds.
These are some of the easiest orchids. Some kinds can bloom
continuously for years. They come in reds, yellows, oranges,
whites, pinks, greens, purples, and whites.
These small triangular beauties grow on the cool, moist, and
breezy slopes of the Andes. They need daily care. These come in
bright reds, oranges, whites, yellows, purples, and pinks.
These beautiful orchids resemble pansy flowers. They come in
pinks, reds, yellows, and whites.
Growing at high altitudes in the Andes, these cool growers need
constant moist, breezy conditions. Many come in yellows, pinks,
purples, whites, and browns.
This large family of orchids has varied growing needs. Many come
in yellows, browns, and pinks.
This orchid is frequently referred to as a "Paph", and their long lasting, fascinating lady-slipper flowers are good for shady
locations. They can be grown under fluorescent lights. Paphs come
in whites, pinks, greens, reds, and yellows.
This orchid is often referred to as a "Phal" or a "Moth Orchid."
They are popular and easy to grow. Happy Phals can continue to
bloom for months. They can be grown under fluorescent lights.
Many come in whites, pinks, purples, yellows, and reds.
Vandas are large plants that need full sun. Ascocentrums are
smaller, and need a little less sun. These come in blues, purples,
whites, reds, oranges, and yellows.
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