GrowingOrchids

Orchids

There are many varieties of these exotic plants that can be grown quite easily at home

Grown for their beautiful, long lasting flowers, orchids have long been considered the domain of the expert gardener. This however is not necessarily the case. There are many varieties of these exotic plants that can be grown quite easily at home, given the right conditions and usually no more care than you would give an ordinary house plant, although there are exceptions.

Cattleya orchids:

Cattleya orchids have the large flowers that are often used for corsages.

Cattleya orchids have the large flowers that are often used for corsages. They come in many colours and several sizes. Older varieties bloomed once a year, but newer hybrids bloom several times a year. Cattleyas require a bright window and watering when quite dry in the summer, and very little water but bright light during the winter dormant period.

Cymbidium orchids

CYMBIDIUM orchids have grass-like leaves and the flowers grow on a tall spike in the winter and early spring.

CYMBIDIUM orchids have grass-like leaves and the flowers grow on a tall spike in the winter and early spring. They like a sunny, warm place in the summer and can grow outdoors in a container. In the fall they should be left outdoors until they have had a degree or two of frost, as the difference in temperature between night and day is what stimulates blooming.

Dendrobium orchids

DENDROBIUM orchids have clusters of smaller, long-lasting flowers on long stalks in spring or summer.

DENDROBIUM orchids have clusters of smaller, long-lasting flowers on long stalks in spring or summer. They need a dormant period in the fall and winter, with little water but direct sun, until new flower buds form. In spring and summer they need a moist growing medium and good drainage.

Phalaenopsis (moth orchid)

PHALAENOPSIS - moth orchid. This orchid is the easiest of them all.

They like a warm, humid atmosphere, which is not exactly what our homes are in the winter, but seem to adapt to less than the best conditions and bloom for a long time several times a year. When all the flowers have died, do not remove the stem. It could grow more flower buds on the same stem. When the stem turns yellow, remove it and a new stem will grow.