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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Orchids That Are Easy To Grow

For people who are starting or are thinking of raising and cultivating orchids, much thought is required before proceeding.

First, you have to be completely decided. One should be willing to commit most of his or her time in taking care of the plant from start to finish. Ask yourself if you are willing to be consistent in watering the plant, or in making sure that the plant's environment is free from things that will hinder their growth. And most importantly, ask yourself if raising an orchid is what you really want to do. After going through all of these and you still are eager to find an orchid and raise it, then you're good to go.

Next thing to do is, obviously, what orchid to grow. For most starters, this can become a slight problem. If you are totally new to the cultivation and plant-growing world, you might get stumped in choosing the orchid you want.

The answer to this problem is easy. If you have no idea as to which orchid is most suitable for growing, what you need to do is pick the ones that are easiest to grow.

Each orchid is unique in a way that they are easy to grow under their own perfect condition. For starters, Phalaenopsis are easy to grow. They are the most common and are cheap. So if you fail the first time trying to grow it, you can always go back to your favorite flower shop and buy one again, without hurting your pockets.

The following are other types of orchids that are easy to grow under the right conditions:

  • Paphiopedilums or the "slipper" orchids which come in a great assortment of colors, shapes, and sizes. Specific types of these are:
    - Maudiae, a classic slipper cross and possibly the most common Paphiodeliums. They have a wide variety of colors to choose from.
    - Hybrids, those that have mottled leaves are the ones that can grow well.
    - Species
  • Phalaenopsis
  • Doritaenopsis which is a type of Phalaenopsis and a relative of genus Doritis combined. Oftentimes they have spikes that grow erect. One type of this is Talitha Klehm.
  • Phragmipedium is a previously ignored genus until recently. It is one of the easiest to grow.
  • Cattleya.
  • Vandas were widely hybridized like the Cattleyas. Some examples are Ascocenda and Ascocentrum. They like abundant amount of lightand are usually gron in baskets where their roots are out in the open.
  • Cymbidium are an ideal choice for cooler temperatures.

In certain specific conditions like an indoor environment, these orchids are recommended:

  • Phalaenopsis
  • Paphiopedilum concolor
  • Paphiopedilum sukhakulii
  • Paphiopedilum callosum X P. lawrenceanum
  • Aerangis
  • Angraecum Bulbophyllum
  • Dendrochilum
  • Oncidium papilio
  • Oncidium kramerianum
Different types of orchids for different types of growing environment. But despite these variations, all of them can be easily grown. Just throw in the right condition for your flowers like light, soil, temperature, regular watering, etcetera and you'll have orchids blossoming beautifully.

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