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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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How To Choose What Orchids to Buy

For First Time Orchid Buyers

Orchids are beautiful to look at. They look good in one’s backyard or garden. People who appreciate flowers will sure be taken in awe of these colorful and cute flowers.

While some are just plainly satisfied by looking at orchids, other people become interested in purchasing these plants. Some may buy orchids just to put them in their respective gardens. Others may be also interested in raising and cultivating them for business purposes. Whatever their reasons maybe, they must first decide which type of orchids they want to buy.

In choosing the right kind of orchids, one must take note of these three things:

  • types of orchids which you think you can effectively grow
  • the available space for your orchids
  • the kind of environment your orchids will grow in

Orchids come in different kinds, each one unique in their ability to adapt to their environment and grow depending on it. Before you decide in buying a particular orchid, make sure that what you will get is the kind that you can effectively grow depending on the growing condition that you have. One must put into consideration the kind of shade or sun available, and the space available. You must also make sure that you are committed to regularly water your plant for them to grow and bloom.

Going to the actual process of buying that orchid that keeps nagging the back of your mind, take note that there are varieties that are best suitable for first-time buyers. They are the following:

  • Phalaenopsis Orchids. They are also referred to as Moth Orchids. They are among the types of orchids that are easy to grow. Orchids that belong to this group have several large flowers on each spike which remain open for six weeks or more. The Moth orchids are common in most stores. They can also extend their blooming period when a spike is cut after the original flowers are gone by developing a new spike below the original one.

    Phals (as some would call this type of orchids) are ideal for first-time buyers because they are inexpensive and their being common.

  • Paphiopedilum Orchids. They also go by the name Venus Slipper Orchid. This kind is easily identified because of its one flower per stalk quality. However, there are varieties that have multiple flowers. Paphiopedilums are fairly simple to grow provided that they have the accurate temperature range.

  • Dendrobium Orchids. This type is long-lasting and is characterized by many blossoms. When mature, they often times split when small additional plantlets are produced.

  • Oncidium Orchids. Oncidiums are easy to grow because they belong to a large group that has different species which originate in broad varieties of climate. They are commonly referred to as “dancing girls”.

  • Cattleya hybrids are also recommended for those first-time buyers because they are also easy to grow, and also those that belong in the Vanda group.
Most importantly, in purchasing your pretty orchids, make sure to select the healthy orchids (you can ask your friendly orchid seller for this). This will ensure that you are in the right track. Combine it with tender, loving care (flowers need this too), regular watering and the right kind of environment to grow in, your orchids are sure to bloom in no time!

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