The Lively History of the Orchid Flower
The earliest accounts of orchids are found in Chinese and Japanese drawings and writings, around 700 B.C. During ancient times, these plants were described and used as herbs and cures for many maladies.
During the early 1700s, adventurers, botanists, and the church all ventured into foreign countries and would return with precious orchid flowers as gifts. People were astounded by their uniqueness.
In the 1800s, Victorian society became captivated by these ornamental flowers. To satisfy the growing demand for more flamboyant and beautiful varieties, explorers went on plant hunting missions to gather as many species from the wild as they could, and ship them back to Europe in tiny greenhouses. Many orchid flowers never survived the trip, and the value of the orchid only increased.
Today orchid growing is done in mass quantities, and most orchids are as affordable as any other flower. Still, certain highly prized orchids are treasures, and a single plant can sell for many thousands of dollars.
Did You Know?
There are thousands of species of orchids to choose from and they can be grown in greenhouses, conservatories, outdoors and indoors. Learn more about orchid flower care and cultivation, and discover easy ways to grow and look after these incredible plants.
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