Orchids are a wonderful and beautiful flowering plant. The exotic orchids come in a wide variety of colors and can sometimes be hard to distinguish between species. Orchids are not related to any other plants in the garden, but instead share similarities with cacti. Orchids can also be very fragrant.
The various species of orchids differ in color and height. The smallest orchid, the Platystegia orchid is only 2 inches in height! But most common orchids grown in houseplants range from 6 inches to around 15 inches in height. There are a lot of exotic and common species, but there are just as many, if not more, houseplant orchids than there are flowering plants.
Most orchids that are grown in the home are from a group called the Cattleya group. This includes the long-lasting species Paphiopedilum and the miniature species, the Orchidium. These orchids are also classified by the number of petals on their stems. There are basically three types: the detailed, the serrated, and the bell topped orchid varieties.
Most of the orchids that are grown inside the home are cultivated in pots that have holes that allow for good circulation of air. They should also be kept away from direct sunlight, which could dry out their roots. Pots that are built into containers also help the plant get better drainage. Orchids should also be protected from soil predators, such as birds and even cats, which can destroy them. This is usually done by placing netting over the pot, to prevent the plant from being damaged.
Watering is another issue when it comes to Orchids. Most orchids come up through the roots and need to have their roots watered occasionally. When you water your Orchid plants, make sure that you do not flood the pot, as this will stunt the growth of the plant. Instead, water the roots deeply, allowing them to absorb the water. Watering regularly keeps your Orchids healthy and prevents them from drying out when there is a strong wind.
The three different species of Orchids that you can grow indoors all have two basic requirements: sunlight and water. Other considerations to keep in mind include the type of plant that you choose, the climate where you live, and the amount of care you are willing to give them. Phalaenopsis orchids are easy to grow indoors, but they need a lot of light, and watering is a real chore for the Stachys. Ficus orchids are great plants to start off with because they are not as hardy as other members of the genus, and they can be pruned for more appearance.