Orchids produce some of the most unique and beautiful flowers in the world. Phalaenopsis Orchids produce beautiful colorful flowers, while other species produce flowers that look like monkeys and bees. This diversity has quickly boosted Orchids into the spotlight when it comes to household plants.
Each flower has a reason for its shape and color when in the wild: The shape is what determines what kids of insects can get to the nectar and pollinate the flower, while the color is what attracts the insects to come get some nectar.
Some Orchids are shaped like insects in order to trick other insects to come closer and brush up against the flower. The Fly Orchid produces flowers that look like and are scented like female flies. This attracts the male insects to come over and try to mate with the female. The male insect then gets pollen stuck all over its body and moves on to the next flower.
There are over 20,000 types of Orchids on earth, each with very specific habitats. This can make them hard to care for if you pick the wrong species. Orchids that you purchase from the store are typically the right Orchids for beginners. If they can keep them alive long enough to sell them, you should be ok!
Choose the Right Orchid
With so many Orchid species that are extremely hard to care for, you want to find the right one for you. The most common Orchid for growing indoors is the Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis Orchid). This Orchid Grows well indoors and is extremely forgiving of beginner mistakes. With proper care, this flower will stay in bloom for months at a time.
Another popular species of Orchids that is recommended for beginners is the Dendrobium Orchid. These Orchids produce large flowers that are strongly scented twice a year. They are also very easy to care for and are extremely popular in cut flower arrangements.
Caring for Your Orchid
When caring for Orchids, make sure that you keep and follow the directions that come with the plant. Each Orchid species will have completely different care requirements dependent on the species. For the most part, Orchids do not tolerate direct sunlight. Place your Orchids somewhere that receives bright indirect sunlight.
Orchids typically need to be watered every 7-10 days, depending on what you are using for soil. If you are using bark, or something else that does not retain water, you may need to water more frequently. You will even find Orchids that have been developed to live on a weekly application of ice cubes.
Orchids are a great gift for anyone for almost any occasion. For the most part, you would have to go out of your way to purchase an Orchid that is hard to care for. Stores that carry Orchids don’t want to have to try to keep those species alive. Follow the guidance given in this article and you should be able to keep your Orchid alive with no problem!