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Orchids are for lovers...

Looking for long lasting color indoors, perhaps for your office or home?  How about for that perfect gift for a housewarming, a friend or your special Valentine?  Interest in Orchids has increased dramatically over the past several years.  This has allowed the cost to come down, making them as inexpensive as other houseplants. 

Today, there are societies just for orchid lovers along with orchid collectors.   With so many to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start.


Phalaenopsis Orchid – Beginner to Advanced:



  • The easiest of all to grow.  The flowers have the ability to last for several months and the plant  has the capability to bloom one to two times per year.
  • If you are a beginner…then choose an Add Ice Orchid.  This only requires 3 ice cubes of water per week.  How easy is that?
  • Grow in bright indirect light and fertilize with an orchid fertilizer during growth period.
  • Thrive on a humidity of 60%.  Mist with water, daily.

Dendrobium Orchid – Beginner to Advanced:


  • This is a little bit more difficult than the Phalaenopsis Orchid but still considered somewhat easy.
  •   Flowering will depend on species and bloom up to 30-45 days; there are as many as 1,500 species of Dendrobium Orchids.  These also may bloom 1 to 2 times per year.
  •  Grow in medium to bright light-sunny window.
  •   Keep evenly moist, medium to high humidity.

Cymbidium Orchid –Beginner to Advanced



  • Substantial, long lasting flowers often found in flower shops and corsages.
  • Many are fragrant and full of flowers and beautiful full leaves.
  •  Peak flowering time is early Spring and may bloom up to 30-45 days.
  •  Place in a sunny window indoors.
  •  Keep evenly moist, medium to high humidity.

Oncidium Orchid – Beginner to Advanced

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  • Very elegant and long stems full of flowers, often referred to as “Dancing Ladies”
  • Many are fragrant and can bloom up to 30-45 days.
  • Flower time varies, depending on varieties and may bloom 1 -2 times per year.
  • Medium to high light.
  • Let dry slightly in-between watering.

Cattleya Orchid – Beginner to Advanced


  • When most people think of an Orchid, they think of a Cattleya.  Used in many prom and wedding corsages.
  • Very large flower however short lasting, only about a week to 12 days.
  •  Place in a sunny window, indoors.
  • Grown in fir bark, they need to be watered about once a week. Misting is preferred during resting season.

Vanda Orchid – Intermediate to Advanced


  • Available mostly in wooden slat baskets without medium.
  • Blooms last about 30 days.
  • Bright windows and grow best in a greenhouse and have the ability to bloom 1-3 times per year.
  •  It is important to keep a high level of moisture, mist often.

Brassia Orchid – Intermediate to Advanced



  • Commonly called the “Spider Orchid” because the petals resemble spider legs.
  • Very elegant and impressive.
  • Blooms last 30-45 days and may bloom once per year.
  • Bright indirect light- half sunny window – keep warm.
  • Keep moist during bloom season, less so while resting.

Paphiopedilum Orchid – Intermediate – Advanced



  • Often referred to as the “slipper orchid”.
  • Can bloom 1 -2 times per year, lasting up to 60-90 days each.
  • Moderate indirect sunlight
  • Water only in the morning, keeping moist but not saturated.

Most Orchids grow in either a bark mix or moss. Be sure not to re-plant into regular potting soil and consult a store associate for more information when making your purchase.  Happy Planting!



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Posted 2012-01-26T19:10:47+0000  by Jen_HD_BOS Jen_HD_BOS