Orchids

Orchids

I have always been fascinated by these exquisite, long-lasting flowers, but never really knew much about them. Two years ago, when hubs had his heart attack — and recovered fully, thank God — he was given an orchid by one of his well-wishers. Since then, he’s taken remarkable care of this beauty and has succeeded in not only keeping it alive but encouraging it to bloom. He’s done a miraculous job. I confess I’m not great with container gardening; I don’t have the patience or perhaps even the discipline he does. His father had the same gift, so I’m not surprised. I seem to do better tilling the soil. Alas, I don’t have a photo for you. It’s blooming cycle is almost at an end. 

Here’s a 4-minute video on basic orchid care. Here’s a 20-minute video with so much orchid eye-candy you might faint. Really beautiful. It also includes several orchids that resemble animals. Finally, here’s a 3-minute video to determine if your orchid needs water then how to water it.

FunFacts about Orchids: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Basic info, quote: The Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colorful and fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. The Orchidaceae have about 28,000 currently accepted species, distributed in about 763 genera. (Source)
  • The number of orchid species is nearly five times the number of mammal species.
  • Orchid flowers vary greatly. Some bloom for mere hours while others bloom up to half a year.
  • Orchid plants can live up to 100 years.
  • The original name comes from the Greek, Orchis, meaning testicle, which refers to the bulbous root.
  • Though orchids are thought of as ‘tropical’, you can find them on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Orchid seeds are miniscule and can be compared to a particle of dust. There can be up to three million seeds in an orchid seed pod. The seeds are only visible under a microscope and require a specific fungus to germinate.
  • Orchid flowers can often resemble animals. Here’s a blog that showcases several of these flowers.
  • Vanilla planifolia is an orchid from which the vanilla we use and love is derived. Read more here.

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47 thoughts on “Orchids

  1. Orchids are so beautiful and last a long time. I have some in my house right now and they really brighten my day.

  2. Always amazed at how varied they are. Colors are powerful and they are strong in spite of their delicate look. Kind of like women.

  3. The beauty of orchids makes one think they are delicate, yet they are quite hardy plants. I do not have such good luck with them either, but others I know find them quite easy to grow. I love how their blooms last for 6+ weeks at a time. Their aroma is not quite as inviting. Today, I am enjoying my lilac bush! AAAAAHHHHH!!!

  4. My first experience with orchids involved the Lady Slipper. I had a local flora class in school and that flower was the ultimate flower to find. The legend of the Lady Slipper is of interest as I have Native American Ancestry. Sadly, I never found the flower, but I researched and developed an interest in plants. My son is interested in plants and I appreciate the fact that we can discuss plants and flowers. Not many 14 year olds enjoy going to Home Depot and browsing thru the plants. The pictures were lovely.

  5. I love orchids. When I lived in ohio I had like 2 or 3. I didn’t have a problem growing them just couldn’t get them to bloom again. Since I moved to Tennessee, I haven’t tried growing one here. I love the pictures, I’ve always love the different colors of the blooms. I been thinking about getting one again and see how I do with where I live now.

    • Becky,
      One of the videos talked about how to get your orchids to bloom. Apparently, you must give them a 6-month winter environment which simply means less light and cooler temperatures than they’re used to. Of course, that’s what the video said and I haven’t experienced it myself. But it would be interesting to do some research then to see if this is the key to getting your orchids to bloom each year. I found this bit of info absolutely fascinating.

      Caris
      Buckeye Arizona USA

  6. I love all flowers and have roses in my front garden. Orchids have so many varied colors and looks – they are wonderful too.

  7. I lived in southern Florida for a while in the 1970s and they had the most amazing place called Orchid Jungle. I used to go as often as I could and I still don’t think I saw them all. They hung from trees and you just wandered through. It was paradise.

    • Lynn,
      That sounds like heaven. I’ll bet any fellow Floridians on the blog today, who haven’t been there, will be doing some web-surfing about now, lol!

      Caris
      Buckeye Arizona USA

  8. Orchids are beautiful. Alas, I am one of those people that can’t keep potted plants alive. My mother is the opposite. She has several orchids. My favorite is the Blue Dendrobium Orchid with it’s striking blues and purples.

  9. I’ve never tried growing orchids or ever had one as a matter of fact. They are pretty but I thing my favorite ones are the ones that look like monkeys. I didn’t know the seeds were that small.

  10. My orchids love the kitchen window. As a matter of fact, one of them is in full bloom right now. The rest are in the process of being repotted as they’ve grown completely out of their old pots. All these gorgeous photos make me want to get it all done right now!

  11. I don’t like flowers and the ones pictured fall into that category. I do think, though, that they’d make wonderful evil creatures in a sci fi movie. *smiles*

  12. Hard to pick out one picture since they are all beautiful and so many varieties. Went to the blog and saw the ones looking like animals – really cute. They are beautiful but I would never try my hand at growing those. AZ

  13. Just beautiful. Mine have been flowering for about three months now. Two different colours. One white and one pink. After seeing the pictures I am going to try some other colours.

  14. The greatest artist is nature! – Who knew about the Monkey face orchid, and all the others. Just wonderful.

  15. Orchids were my mother’s favorite flower. She had several outside our house that bloomed every spring. Alas, I did not inherit my mother’s green thumb, I can’t even grow a cactus.

  16. I’ve had a few orchids but can’t seem to keep them alive. Maybe I should try again as we moved last September and I could hope that this house likes orchids more than the last house did. I’m suspicious that the window glass could be the culprit now that we have low E windows.

  17. Many a time I have tried to “regrow” orchids after blooming, but to no avail.
    Even bought special growing medium and fertlilizer just for orchids.
    Nope, no deal.

    For a while Whole Foods used to have a program where if you bought one of their (over priced) orchids, when it finished blooming (if still in healthy condition) you could bring it in and they would replace it with another one.

    But, that program didn’t last too long.

    They are gorgeous for sure.

  18. Orchids are so beautiful and before today I thought they were hard to grow. Thank you for the information on these beautiful flowers.

  19. OMG thanks you just gave me a piece of my mom forgot Dad would get her a new one each year for mothers day wow I fougot about that she would be so upset if one died .. you did not mess with moms plants <3 hugs and a big thank you for that .

  20. I love all the pictures that you post. I have a friend who has many orchids and she does great with them. I’m afraid to try growing them even though I have a green thumb.

  21. I think orchids are one of nature’s most beautiful flowers. My favorite flower is the rose with peonies a close second

  22. They can live up to 100 years? Wow, that’s crazy!! We’ve been doing some gardening lately and I might just have to make a spot for some orchids! thank you for sharing!

  23. Always remember giving my mother and grandmother orchids for Easter and Mother’s day growing up. Loved them too!

  24. Orchids are very beautiful. I used to read a series of books called “Nero Wolf”. He was a private detective who grew prize orchids. At the time I did not know what orchids were so I researched them and was quit surprised at what I found. Every time I see an orchid now I remember my old favorite detective.

  25. I have 2 massive black thumbs when it comes to plants. The second picture from the top is my favorite. Hard to believe, but only the Dendrobium Orchid was a hit with me. The Monkey Face Orchids were hilariously ugly. The bird ones were a lot nicer.

  26. I have always loved Orchids, never tried my hand at them. I have heard they are very temperamental but so worth it.

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