Orchids aren’t just pretty houseplants that you can easily grow. In fact, this unique family is the largest taxonomic group of flowering plants. There are more than 22,000 accepted species, and more are added each year. There’s no telling how many unidentified varieties there may be.
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Locations Where These Exotic Plants can be Found
The family orchidaceae is found all over the world, including within the Arctic Circle. These organisms have a multitude of uses; they supply us with vanilla, some ice creams and fragrances. They are a popular wedding flower, and some varieties are grown commercially to supply the increasing demand for them at all times of the year. But perhaps the most common use is for day-to-day decoration. Many people use them to liven up their homes and workspaces.
Although there are thousands of orchids available, some are much more popular as houseplants than others. Some lend themselves to life indoors, while others prefer to be outside. Most of the ones that make good houseplants are terrestrial, or ground-growing, varietals. Many are epiphytic (tree-growing) or lithophytic (rock-growing); these types are usually more difficult for a beginner to cultivate, but can still adapt to potted life with a skilled cultivator.
Most Popular Plants You Can Find in Ones Home
Some of the most popular types belong to the Cymbidium genus. They are easy to cultivate and require little space. If you are looking for your first plant to grow, one of these might be right for you. Up to 15 flowers grow on each stalk of these plants; colors are diverse and include, green, white, purple and yellow. They typically bloom in the winter, although they are available commercially all year round. There are about 52 types in this genus, so there’s sure to be a color and look that’s right for you.
Phalaenopsis Types are Also Another Good Choice
Plants in the genus Phalaeonopsis are also popular flowers for growing at home. These plants are sometimes called Moth orchids because of the wing-like shape of their petals. They contain about 60 epiphytic types, most of which are native to Southeast Asia. When potted, they have one long stalk, or rhizome, with a few leaves. They produce one bloom a year when provided with the proper care.
Don’t Forget about Paphiopedilum Species
The Paphiopedilum genus contains about 80 different species. These flowers are commonly referred to as “Lady’s Slippers” because of their shoe-like shape. They are native Southeast Asia and the Pacific. They can be difficult to grow, but have some of the most stalwart fans. If you do manage to cultivate a Lady’s Slipper, you’ll be rewarded with a unique, multi-colored flower that’s long lasting. Be sure to use these strategies when caring for these plants in your home.
These are just three of the most popular kinds of orchids, but there are hundreds more genera to choose from if you want to grow a unique plant. If you’re looking to bring home one of these flowers remember that they all require special care. Most of these unique flowers require daily water and monitoring of humidity and light; some kinds have stricter care procedures. Even if you do everything correctly, sometimes they still won’t bloom. So be patient with your plant.
There are so many species in the world, there’s bound to be one out there that’s perfect for you. Once you find your ideal plant, you’ll have beautiful, perfumed flowers with which to decorate your home.