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What Kind of Orchids to Buy

Miltonia OrchidThere are several things to consider when shopping for orchids. First, you have to consider where you live, not only the climate of your region, but the growing area you can allot for the plant. There are orchids that should be grown outdoors, while some are fine indoors.

You may also want to assess your level of orchid care expertise. For beginners, they can start with Phalaenopsis and Cattleya species and hybrids, which are not very complicated plants to grow. They still have respective light, watering, and temperature requirements, but they are easier to care for than others.

Of course, the kind of orchid plant you should buy is the healthy kind. How can you tell if the orchid is okay? Here are some guidelines:

  • Inspect the roots. They should be thick, fleshy, and firm. They must not appear dried out.
  • Look at the state of the leaves. Yellowish leaves and those with black spots can indicate disease.
  • Choose a plant with buds. Orchids with multiple spikes and unopened blooms will usually flower for months.

It is also best to get your plant from a nursery. You can be certain that the plant was cared for by an experienced grower prior to your purchase. You may even get some plant tips!

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Buy Orchid Plants Recommends These Orchids and Books:

Paphiopedilum purpuratum
Phalaenopsis Mistral's Sunrise Flame 'Mendenhall'
Lc. Mary Elizabeth Bohn 'Royal Flare' AM/AOS, will produce lovely blue flowers
Understanding Orchids: An Uncomplicated Guide to Growing the World's Most Exotic Plants
Cymbidium Mighty Remus 'Vintage' HCC/AOS orchid blooming size in 3.5 inch pot

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