in the world are Orchids from?
are very adaptable to various growing conditions, and can
be found on every continent except Antartica.
Do Orchids pull nutrients from the items they live on?
don't. Orchids often use trees, roots and rocks for support,
but do not pull nutrients from them.
How much do Orchids cost?
Orchids are affordable.
It was in the old days when they were often expensive. You
can find Orchids starting at $10 that go up to $10,000. I've
taken care of Orchids of all price ranges. Price doesn't mean
an Orchid will be more difficult to care for.
Do I need a greenhouse to grow Orchids?
And yes, depending on which group you fit more closely below!
It really depends on how serious you are about Orchid care.
you want to grow many varieties where you need a number of
growing climates? Do you want to grow Orchids that need very
high humidity? Do you want to grow very strange, difficult
varieties? Then a greenhouse may be for you.
Or you may just want to get a small
indoor greenhouse unit
as they are affordable and can have many microclimates.
you want to just grow a few Orchids? Or do you want to grow
lots of easier kinds of Orchids such as Phalaenopsis Orchids,
Dendrobium Orchids, and Paphiopedilum Orchids at home? Then
no, you won't need a greenhouse.
How long will my Orchid live?
can live for a long time. They can live longer than a person
if cared for well.
Can I hybridize Orchids from seed at home?
you can hybridize Orchids at home. The seed pod will take
about one year to mature. The question is do you really
want to go through what it takes to grow Orchids from seed?
hybridized thousands of Orchids, leading to hundreds of thousands
of Orchid seedlings in labs and greenhouses.
Orchid seed pod can often have hundreds of thousands of seeds
since they are the size of dust with no life support mechanism.
That is why when the seed pod matures they need to be planted
in a sterile agar jelly in a laboratory or careful home setup.
Orchids from seed to plant take 4-6 years to bloom. Orchids
will need to be repotted a number of times to nurture them
to the point of blooming. Only a fraction of the seeds from
the original seed pod will become mature blooming plants.
are Orchids hybridized in nature?
nature, insects and animals often pollinate Orchids, and when
the seed pod matures, the seeds blow with the wind. Only some
seeds ever make it to just the right growing condition to
Where can I buy Orchids?
can buy Orchids carefully at a good plant nursery or even
a department store. Much better though, I recommend buying
Orchids online as you will know exactly
what you will get. The best thing about getting plants online
is that they are packed very carefully and shipped in a constant
temperature. This is very important.
is the difference between buying Orchids at department stores
versus on the web?
tell you how often there have been instances where I see people
buy Orchids at a cheap price locally at a big store and don't
realize they came in on a truck that got too cold for the
plants. Or, the store left the doors or windows open and either
the plant over time got sunburned, too cold, or too dry. Then,
a number of days later the buds fell off after the Orchid
plant is purchased. And, the buyer has no way to prove it
wasn't their Orchid care that was the problem. Orchids
don't react to things instantly - especially problems with
the flowers or leaves may take days to start to show.
I've listed on this
page will be delivered with guaranteed
quality the growers will stand behind - I've ordered, and
seen many orders from these growers, and I haven't ever noticed
careful, if you shop for just price, as the cheaper Orchids
get at local department stores, that doesn't mean you'll necessarily
get a well grown plant.
an Orchid should be with you for a very long time, it is worth
initially getting a good
Where can I learn more about Orchids?
Learn more about Orchid care from the Orchid Care Expert Practical Guide To Orchid Care.
Learn secrets of growing amazing Orchids.
already doing it. You can find a ton of insightful information
on this website. You can also get a couple or Orchid
Also, starting with easier Orchids to grow is always good.
The Phalaenopsis Orchids at the top of this
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