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We think that orchids are some of the most beautiful flowers out there. Use our orchid guide to find 20 types ranging from dendrobium orchids to more exotic varieties.

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Bletilla Striata (Hardy Orchid)

Bletilla Striata Hardy Orchid
Photo Source: https://www.gardenia.net/plant/Bletilla%20striata-Hardy-Orchid

These beautiful flowers produce small pinkish-purple flowers in stunning racemes of up to 12 blooms.

  • They grow up to 12-18 inches high and 6-12 inches wide
  • They grow best in partial shade
  • They should be planted in spring
  • You should plant these 4 inches apart and around 2-3 inches deep

 

Cymbidium Orchid

Cymbidium Orchid

Photo Source: http://www.orchidsmadeeasy.com/cymbidium-orchid-care/

The Cymbidium Orchids are commonly used in corsages. They are also known as “boat orchids.” Cymbidium orchids are popular due to their ability to thrive in cooler, drier conditions.

They are a beautiful yellowish- green with hints of deep reds.

  • They grow best with medium to bright light but grow best in partial shade
  • They should be watered in the morning so they have time to dry before the colder weather in the evening

 

Dendrobium Orchids

Dendrobium

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The Dendrobium orchid is one of the easiest orchid varieties to grow. It makes for the perfect house plant or a beautiful addition to any garden.

  • They should be planted in a bright spot
  • They have medium water needs
  • You can repot your orchid when the bark or moss its growing starts to break down

 

Anthurium

Anthurium

Photo Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthurium

Anthuriums are a beautiful flower that can grow indoors or outdoors. They have a distinct shape and are truly a remarkable sight of beauty.

  • They require bright to indirect light
  • They do best with warm temperatures (70-90 degrees)
  • They grow best indoors

 

Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis

Photo Source: https://www.joyusgarden.com/how-to-care-for-your-beautiful-phalaenopsis-orchid/

Also known as the Moth Orchid this beautiful flower is often seen in hotels, offices, spas, restaurants and places of that nature.

  • They require medium to bright light but no direct sunlight
  • During the daytime they do best in 68-85 degree weather
  • They can handle a little bit closer at night but the temperature needs to remain steady while in bloom. Colder/drafty areas can cause these flower buds to fall off
  • They should be watered once a week and should not be left to stand in water

 

Cattleya

cattleya orchid plant

Photo Source: https://www.orchidweb.com/cattleya-orchid-care

The Cattleyas are a magnificent sight. They produce large and fragrant flowers with vibrant colors. They can often be seen used in corsages.

  • They require sun in the morning time and it can be direct. In the afternoon they should be in the shade.
  • During the day they do best in milder temperatures preferably under 85 degrees.
  • At night they should be in cooler environments

 

Vanda

vanda orchid plant

Photo Source: https://www.orchidweb.com/vanda-orchid-care

Vanda orchids produce some of the most beautiful blooms you will ever see. These plants are native to the tropics of Asia and hang from trees.

  • They require sun in the morning time and it can be direct. In the afternoon they should be in the shade.
  • During the day they do best in milder temperatures preferably under 85 degrees.
  • At night they should be in cooler environments

 

Paphiopedilum

Photo Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paphiopedilum

The Paphiopedilum also known as the Venus slipper originates from the Far East including Indonesia. They can be found growing in humus and other material on the forest floors, occasionally on trees, and on cliffs in the pockets of humus.

  • They require low light
  • If they have have mottled leaves the temperature needs to be between 60 to 80 degrees
  • If they do not have mottled leaves they can endure weather as low as 50 degrees
  • They should be watered every 5 days

 

Oncidium

oncidium 08

Photo Source: https://www.proplants.com/guide/oncidium-orchid-care-guide

The Oncidium orchid can be a little trickier to care for then other orchids. They must have abundant light and definite dry periods between waterings. There large roots make them prone to rot but their striking beauty makes them worth the hassle.

  • They should be in the morning sun and it can be direct sunlight
  • They require afternoon shade
  • They can withstand temperatures between 55 and 85 degrees
  • They can tolerate more heat if there is sufficient air movement
  • Rather than watering weekly schedule you should physically check the plant. Refrain from watering until potting mix is dry half way through. Check water levels by pushing a popsicle stick or bamboo skewer into the mix and checking the end to see if it’s wet or not.

 

Miltoniopsis

miltoniopsis

Photo Source: http://www.aos.org/orchids/culture-sheets/miltonia.aspx

The Miltoniopsis are cool-growing orchids that originate in the higher elevations of the Andes in Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador.

  • They require bright but indirect light
  • During the day the do best in mild temperatures below 85 degrees
  • At night they can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures
  • They grow yearly and require frequent watering (once a week during winter and twice during the summer)

 

Odontoglossum

Odontoglossum

Photo Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odontoglossum

The Odontoglossum is derived from the Greek words Odon (tooth) and Glossa (tongue) and was named in 1816 by Karl Sigismund Kunth. It was named this due to its two tooth-like calluses on the base of the lip.

  • It grows best in filtered to low light
  • During the day it does best in mild temperatures between 75-85 degrees
  • You should allow the plant to dry between waterings
  • Make sure you water it more often while it is growing

 

Vuylstekeara

Vuylstekeara Cambria orchid

Photo Source: https://www.ourhouseplants.com/plants/vuylstekeara

The Vuylstekeara differs from other orchids because unlike others it does not grow naturally in the wild. It was actually created in a lab in 1911 by Charles Vuylsteke.

It is also known as a Cambria Orchid. It is a intergeneric hybrid of other Orchid plants. This is an uncommon flower commercially so you may have difficulty finding it.

  • It grows best in filtered to low light
  • During the day it does best between 75 and 85 degrees
  • You should allow the plant to dry between waterings
  • You should water it more while the plant is growing

 

Zygopetalum

Zygopetalum

Photo Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zygopetalum

The Zygopetalums name is derived from the Greek word zygon which means “yolked petal.” This plant has a yoke-like growth at the base of the lip caused by the fusion of the sepals and petals.

  • It grows best in morning and afternoon sun as well as midday shade
  • They thrive in the summer heat and cooler winters as long as the plant is climatized
  • Once the plant spikes or flowers it should be protected from any temperature below 35 degrees
  • They should be watered every 7-10 days

 

Ludisia

Ludisia

Photo Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludisia

The Ludisia also known as the jewel orchid is native to southern China, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Burma and often cultivated. They are terrestrial orchids that grow on the forest floor. They are best known for their foliage which is usually a velvety deep maroon with red veins that run parallel to the center of their leaves.

  • They require filtered indirect light
  • They can withstand temperatures between 55 and 85 degrees
  • They should not be exposed to temperatures below 50 degrees
  • These plants prefer a slightly damp condition and should not be dried out between waterings

 

Phaius

Phaius

Photo Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phaius

The Phaius also known as swamp orchids are an evergreen, terrestrial herb which form clumps of crowded stem like pseudobulbs with pleated leaves and colorful flowers.

  • They grow best in bright and indirect light
  • During the day they should be kept in temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees
  • At night they can withstand slightly cooler temperatures
  • They do best in slightly damp conditions and should not dry out between waterings

 

Phragmipedium

Phragmipedium

Photo Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phragmipedium

The name Phragmipedium comes from the Greek word phragma which means “division” and pedium which means “slipper.” They come from SW Mexico as well as Central and tropical South America.

  • They grow best in bright and indirect light
  • During the day they do best in mild temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees
  • At night they can withstand cooler temperatures
  • They prefer damp conditions

 

Brassavola

Brassavola

Photo Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brassavola

The Brassavola was named in 1813 by Scottish botanist Robert Brown. The name is derived from the Italian nobleman and physician Antonio Musa Brassavola. They are widespread throughout Mexico, Central America, the West Indies and South America. This orchid yields a single white or greenish white flower, or a raceme of a few flowers.

  • They grow best in bright to indirect light
  • They bloom best in temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees
  • They should be watered often during their growing season
  • They should remain slightly dry after flowering

 

Cycnoches

Cycnoches

Photo Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycnoches

The Cycnoches abbreviated as Cyc. is native to South America and Central America as well as southern Mexico.

  • Grows best in bright and diffused light
  • Grows best in 75 to 80 degrees during the day
  • At night they can withstand temperatures of 60-65 degrees
  • They grow throughout the year and require more frequent watering
  • They can be watered once a week during the winter and twice a week during the summer

 

Catasetum

Catasetum

Photo Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catasetum

The Catasetum grow from Mexico to Argentina. They have thick, cigar-shaped pseudobulbs which are in clusters. The leaves are pleated in the upper part.

  • They grow best in bright light
  • They are native to hot tropical areas and grow best in warmer climates
  • They should be in 80-100 degree weather during the day
  • During the night they can withstand temperatures between 60-65 degrees
  • They should be watered weekly when you see new leaves forming and gradually reduce watering once growth stops

 

Epidendrum

Epidendrum

Photo Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidendrum

The Epidendrum are native to the tropics and subtropical regions of the American Continents, from North Carolina to Argentina.

  • They grow best in medium to bright indirect light
  • They grow best in 60-90 degree weather during the day
  • During the night they can withstand temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees
  • They need frequent watering and should be watered every 4-5 days during the warmer months and once a week during cooler months

 
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