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Orchids – Gardening

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Orchids – The Loveliest Flower Family

Everyone will have his or her favorite flower, but there’s a reason that orchids have been so popular since their introduction to Victorian society over 100 years ago. Orchids are exquisite. Orchids come in four varieties – epiphytes that cling to trees, lithophytes that grow on rocks, saprophytes that make a home in leaf litter …

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Orchids – Growing Phalaenopsis

The Phalaenopsis genus is one of the most popular orchid groups. And for good reason – they’re attractive and easy to grow. Most orchids have the reputation of being hard to care for. That’s justified in some cases. But the Phalaenopsis is very forgiving. And they produce flowers that simply say ‘orchid’. They do well …

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Orchids – Growing Cymbidiums

Orchids from the Cymbidium genus retain their popularity year after year. The ease with which they can be cared for and their beauty virtually guarantee it. These lovely plants are native to the South Pacific region, growing wild in Japan, Australia, Southeast Asia and elsewhere. They produce lovely flowers that come in a wide variety, …

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Hawaiian Orchid Species

Many islands support orchid populations. One of the most well known is the big island of the Hawaiian Islands chain: Hawaii. Often referred to as Orchid Island, this tropical paradise is festooned with flowers of all types. The Dendrobium orchids are a popular choice for those who enjoy this type of bloom. They come in …

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Feeding Your Orchids

Orchids have a reputation for being difficult to care for. Some species are. But most will respond well if you remember the old saying ‘feed weakly, weekly.’ Fine advice, but feed what? Like all plants, orchids thrive on a combination of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). Some of that they get from the …

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African Orchid Species

Orchids are native to every continent except Antarctica. But some of the most interesting species hail from Africa. The blooms are colorful and the plants may grow to unusually large size. The Acampe pachyglossa has fleshy leaves and thick, yellow flowers with red spots. These delightful flowers bloom from August to December so you’ll have …

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Orchid Species

There are over 20,000 naturally occurring orchid species, and over 100,000 hybrids. That leaves an enormous range of possible choices, a variety that can be overwhelming. But the choice can be made easier by investigating a few examples. Cymbidiums, for example, are a very popular option. They’re very hardy and will reward the orchid grower …

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The Anatomy of an Orchid

Orchids possess an anatomy that is unique. Though there are over 20,000 natural species and possibly as many as 100,000 or more hybrids, they share many common characteristics. Those give the orchid its distinctive appearance. Like animals species, flowers have male and female parts. The orchid is unusual in that its male and female aspects …

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Orchids – Hothouses For Hothouse Flowers

Orchids are sometimes known as ‘hothouse flowers’ because many species thrive in warm, humid environments. Having a greenhouse or hothouse is one of the best ways to provide those conditions. Greenhouses come in all shapes and sizes. Some are glass and as large as an ordinary house. Others are little more than a doghouse-sized structure …

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Orchids – Species Selection Tips

Selecting a species of orchid to grow will, of course, be heavily influenced by personal taste. But within that broad spectrum, those choices can and should be influenced by the care a given orchid needs. That, in turn, is determined by the native conditions of that species. For example, orchids naturally thrive on every continent …

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