There are two basic types of orchid plants. Terrestrial
orchids grow at ground level and are rooted in soil. They other type is epiphytic,
which are mainly native to tropical regions and are therefore referred to as
Which Orchid Plants Should You
Tropical orchids grow on trees and shrubs,
and sometimes on rocks. These orchids are not parasites; instead, they use
their host only for support and anchorage, with their roots lodged in the
organic matter and exposed to air.
Some orchids are herbaceous, meaning their
foliage dies down in the winter. Others are evergreen. The tropical orchid
plants are showier and more brilliant than the terrestrial types, yet both
varieties are captivating and amazing to grow. Here are some basic orchid
growing tips for indoor varieties.
Growing Indoor Orchid Plants
Indoor orchids and supplies for growing them
are widely sold by garden centers and orchid nurseries. Key to successful indoor
orchid growing is not to have high temperatures or a stuffy atmosphere. Good
ventilation is essential, but avoid cold drafts near your plants.
The easiest tropical orchids to
grow in your home are:
These varieties rarely grow more than 30 inches
tall. All will thrive at normal room temperatures and moderate humidity. Pot
them in a good orchid
growing mix and place on any windowsill that does not allow direct sunlight.
Orchid Growing Tips for Corsages
Some of the most simple yet stunningly
attractive corsages and buttonholes can be created from orchids you grow at
home. Perfect for this are the Dendrobiums and Phalaenopsis, with the addition
of foliage from any suitable houseplant. Imagine your orchid plants becoming
corsages for friends and family!
Orchid Plants For Greenhouses and
While many orchids can be grown indoors, others
are better grown in greenhouses
and taken indoors when in flower. In fact, a great way to display your orchid
flower indoors is by using a growing-case.
Growing cases are ornate, miniature
greenhouses that can be used indoors. They stand several feet high and 4-6
feet long, and about 2 feet deep. Also serving the exact same purpose is an old
fish tank of similar dimensions.
You can grow a medley of small orchids and
ferns, all left in their own pots, in growing-cases or aquariums. The
following orchid plants do exceptionally well in growing cases:
- Brassia verrucosa
- x Brassolaeliocatteya 'Norman's Bay'
- Cattleya aurantiaca