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Did you know that there are many kinds of Orchid plants that you can choose from? Orchids are available in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. And speaking of different, some Orchid species have varied blooming seasons. This is how very diverse these Orchids are.
Most orchids can be grown as houseplants with relative ease despite their reputation for being challenging to cultivate. And for beginners like you, don’t lose your hope just yet. If you just know the basics and understand the growth pattern of your Orchid, you’ll get better at caring for them in no time! Plus, most Orchids don’t need you to be the perfect gardener!
Here, we’ll tell and show you some of the most common Orchid varieties that are easy to care for and will bring beauty to your house.
13 Best & Easy To Care Orchids You Can Grow At Home
Moth orchids, also known as the Phalaenopsis orchids, are among the most affordable, readily available, and longest-blooming orchids. In fact, a single bloom surge might last for up to four months. Flowers come in various colors, including white, pink, red, green, yellow, orange, and purple.
Give this Moth orchid bright, indirect light. A north-facing window may not be bright enough, but cover a western or southern exposure with a sheer curtain to filter hot rays to avoid burning it. A blossoming Phalaenopsis should bloom for at least two months.
Oncidiums, often known as dancing lady orchids, produce clusters of 50 or more colorful tiny flowers. Yellow, purple, red, pink, and white is the most popular colors, with vivid, contrasting markings. Some Oncidium orchids even have a beautiful scent that is perfect for your collection.
Under medium to bright light, these Oncidium varieties will thrive. Water them regularly or biweekly, and feed them orchid fertilizer monthly throughout the spring and summer. They prefer temperatures ranging from 50 to 75oF.
Dendrobium flowers, which are frequently seen in bouquets at florists, have long-lasting blooms (they can last a month or more) too. They even come in various colors ranging from white to purple, pink, and even green. These orchids prefer to be grown in tiny containers and feature tall, top-heavy flowers that need to be staked for support.
Growing Orchids from these varieties would require a light source that is medium to bright. Water them once a week or twice a week, and fertilize them once a month with orchid-specific fertilizer. They thrive in temperatures ranging from 50 to 70oF.
Cymbidium orchids, also known as “boat orchids,” have smaller flowers than other orchid kinds but can produce up to 30 blooms per spike. These Orchids can be grown as a garden plant or as an indoor houseplants.
If you put Cymbidium orchid plants in bright light, they will flower the best. In fact, you can take them outside in the summer to a shady place. To protect the orchid roots from drying out, water them once a week. Fertilize this Orchid monthly in the spring and summer to get them to blossom at their best. It thrives in temperatures ranging from 50 to 70oF.
Because of its striking resemblance to those popular garden flowers, Miltoniopsis is commonly referred to as a Pansy orchid. Their velvety, spherical petals are flat-faced and come in various colors, from white to pink to red, with contrasting waterfall lines spreading outward from the flower’s center.
These Orchids bloom best in indirect light that is bright. In the winter, a little direct sunlight will suffice. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings and water thoroughly. The rhizomes of these orchids store water. Some species contain water-storing pseudobulbs, making them more tolerant of dry soil than wet soil.
This type of Orchid flower has a mysterious quality to them because of its white, strange blooms. The plants, which have no leaves, appear to be floating in mid-air as they cling to tree trunks with a few roots.
Because this Orchid enjoys high humidity, Orchid growers most likely place it in the bathroom (but be sure to give it good air circulation). Fertilize it with a half-strength dilution every second time you water it.
Cattleya orchids, often known as “corsage orchids,” are among the most popular orchids and come in various colors because of hybridization. They prefer warm climates with medium bright light and feature freckles or stripes of clashing hues.
Medium to bright light is ideal for most orchids. Water them once or twice a week, and feed them an orchid fertilizer monthly in the spring and summer to get the most flowers. They thrive in temperatures ranging from 50 to 70oF.
Lady’s Slipper Orchid
Lady’s Slipper orchids appear in various color combinations because of their hundreds of species and hybrids. A Lady’s Slipper, small enough to sit on the edge of a bathroom sink, looks stunning in front of a mirror, reflecting the colors on the backs of its foliage.
These Orchids thrive in low light, humid air, and bark to grow in. Allow the roots to drain entirely once a week (or when the top inch of growing medium feels dry to the touch). A Lady’s Slipper will bloom every year in late winter if it is happy.
Sharry Baby Orchid
The white markings on the 1-inch maroon blossoms of this prolific flowering plant perfume a space with a mild chocolate scent. Like all oncidiums, the flower stalks of ‘Sharry Baby’ are bejeweled with dozens of tiny blooms.
‘Sharry Baby’ thrives with a medium amount of light, heat, and moisture. The proper quantity of light will come in through an east-facing window or a lightly shaded south window. Before watering, allow the growing media (typically moss or bark) to dry out on the surface.
The flowers on this beauty aren’t generally grown for their beauty. The gorgeous purple foliage with pink stripes, on the other hand, is what draws the eye. This rare plant has little white blossoms, which add a sweet touch to the leaves in late summer or early autumn.
Low to medium light is ideal for the Jewel orchid (Ludisia discolor). Once or twice a week, give it a drink. Once a month, feed it with orchid fertilizer if desired. It thrives in temperatures ranging from 55 to 80oF. Allow sufficient humidity for Jewel orchids to avoid growing brown, crispy edges on their lovely foliage.
This is another beautiful, easy-to-grow orchid houseplant. The purple, clam-shaped flowers of the cockleshell orchid with chartreuse-green sepals resemble tropical tentacles. Flowers persist for an extended period, and a mature plant will produce a large number of blossoms. It can, in fact, be in bloom all year.
Low to bright light is ideal for the cockleshell orchid (Encyclia cochleata). Water once or twice a week or so until the orchid mix is completely dry between waterings. Give it orchid fertilizer once a month or so to encourage additional blooms. It thrives in temperatures ranging from 60 to 80oF.
Lady of The Night Orchid
The Lady of the Night orchid (Brassavola nodosa) gets its name from the beautiful aroma it emits at night. Unlike other orchids, which only bloom once a year, Lady of the Night blooms several times each year. It will bloom in the fall or winter and then intermittently in the spring.
There are hundreds of different orchid plants, and not all are suitable for standard home surroundings. However, Lady of the Night thrives in a container when given bright light and moderate daytime temperatures. Before watering, allow the soil to dry up a little. Encourage blossoming by not watering plants for a couple of weeks before they bloom in late fall or winter.
These Orchids are really must-have plants, right? Now that we’ve given you some of them, it’s now up to you to choose your favorite Orchid! And speaking of choice, you can buy orchids and other houseplants here at Plantly. Plus, we offer faster transactions online without hassling you. Message us now.
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