Orchids are still misunderstood

Phalaenopsis orchid plant

In spite of their new level of popularity, homegrown orchids are still misunderstood. The major misunderstanding is that orchids are difficult to grow, but this is not necessarily so.

The orchid family is the largest in the plant world. Most people who are just starting out with orchids are looking for a long flowering, easy to care for plant with exotic flowers that rebloom without much fuss. If you enjoy ignoring your indoor plants, allowing them to go dry for long periods of time, I have the answer for you. Orchids. The availability of orchids today is a testament to advances made in plant breeding.

Most orchids sold for use in the home are members of these three families: Phalaenopsis, Paphioprdilum and Dendrobium. They are reliable indoor performers that tolerate our dry air in the winter, the low light of our northern latitude and their limited root mass makes for the perfect window sill plant.

The Phalaenopsis is the most popular of orchids for the home gardener. They are epiphytic, which means that they grow on trees and rocks in the tropics. When the bloom fades, cut the stem below the last flower and just above a node (where the leaf meets the stem). In most cases a new stem will develop and it will reflower. Place in a warm area in your home. No direct sun. Prefers  an east facing window but also does well with a north facing one. Mist leaves with tepid water often including the exposed roots. In winter, reduce the watering frequency. Fertilize half strength with a good quality orchid fertilizer.

There are many websites where you can access information on growing orchids and most florists carry a steady supply of orchids for sale all year long. To get the real scoop, visit the Southern Ontario Orchid Society website www.soos.ca for more details.

You can visit our website to view some of the options available of orchids for delivery.


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