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6 Great Orchids for the Home

Posted July 5th, 2016 by Robin Nichols in ,

There are more than 25,000 different species of orchid and these 6 are especially well suited for the home grower.

PhalaenopsisPhalaenopsis Orchid

This is one of the easiest orchids to grow for beginners. This orchid is often referred to as a “Moth Orchid”. These can be grown under fluorescent lights; they can burn quickly if left in direct sunlight. Re-potting only needs to happen every 2-3 years. With showy colours of red, purple, white, yellow, pinks and spotted harlequins, this type of orchid is sure to please. A happy mature orchid can stay in bloom for most of the year.

Cattleya OrchidCattleya

This is another good choice for beginning orchid growers. They produce fragrant flowers that come in orange, purple, pink, red white and yellow. Re-potting only needs to be done every 2-3 years and is frequently used in corsages. It loves bright light so give it full sunlight and warmth.

DendrobiumDendrobium Orchid

This is a tall plant that can stretch to over 3 feet tall. Staking of these orchids is critical to keep them well balanced. There are also miniature varieties of Dendrobium’s which grow to about 8 inches. Both produce beautiful sprays of colorful flowers. They enjoy bright light and benefit from some direct sunlight. They should only be re-potted when new shoots appear which is approximately every 3 years.

Cymbidium OrchidCymbidium

This orchid can handle the full sunlight and grows well in Mediterranean type climates. They are large orchids with grass like leaves and tall spikes full of flowers. Miniature versions of the Cymbidium need warmer temperature environments and are easier to work with, making them more ideal for indoor growing. They come in a variety of colors including reds, browns, yellows, greens and whites. Cymbidium orchids don’t like to be re-potted so only repot them when the plant is pushing its way out of the pot.

Paphiopedilum Paphiopedilum Orchid

Commonly known as the Lady Slipper that comes from the long lasting, slipper shaped flower it produces. These orchids are best grown in shady environments and can be grown under fluorescent lights. They come in a range of colors including whites, reds, greens and yellows. The Paphiopedilum orchid needs to be repotted every year after they have finished flowering.

Oncidium OrchidOncidium

This is a large family of orchids with a variety of growing needs. All varieties require bright light and some require full sunlight. Some need to be kept in the medium temperature environments while others require warmer environments. The colors they can display are yellow, brown and pink. Oncidium orchids need re-potted every 2-3 years

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