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Thousands of orchids

Orchid varieties and species

You might know the Phalaenopsis that has set root in many homes all over the world, but a great many other orchid varieties are still unknown to the greater public.

Just as elegant and graceful, they add their magnetic appeal to your home or at the office. Discover a few interesting species here!

Miltonia, the romantic one

Miltonia orchidOne of the very few orchids to release a fragrant perfume, the Miltonia was Princess Diana’s favorite orchid.

Native to South America, its large spotted colorful flowers are somewhat similar to pansies.

Set it up in a luminous spot, not in direct sun, and immerse it in lukewarm water once or twice a week to keep the soil moist.


Sparkling Oncidium

Oncidium orchidUsually given as gift that symbolizes sentiments and emotions, Oncidium presents a crown of small flowers that seem to hover in the air.

Its yellow and brown colors made the way for its nickname “Tiger orchid”, but there are also pink varieties out there.

Place it in a well-lit place and soak it once a week.



Luxuriant Cymbidium

Cymbidium orchidThis is the most exuberant of orchids.

A ground-growing variety growing in the wild in Asia, Cymbidium boasts dense pointed leaves and stems covered with flowers in winter, when other varieties are usually dormant.

Give it space and avoid rooms that are too warm, it loves temperatures that range from 50 to 65°F (10 to 18°C).


Lavish Dendrobium

Dendrobium orchidFlowers cascading down from the tip of a scape, Dendrobium is considered by the Japanese to be the guardian angel of the house that absorbs negative energy.

We appreciate the variety of its colors and its darker labellum (the third petal), making us think that its flowers like to wear lipstick.

This plant also is partial to mild environments with temperatures of about 65°F (18°C).


Airborne Vanda

Vanda orchidFrom India to Sri Lanka, the Vanda orchid grows in trees with its roots dangling in the air or wrapping up around branches.

In the house, it’s the same thing, it doesn’t require soil and simply hangs from a hook, a nail or light fixture…

Remember to immerse it in lukewarm water two or three times a week to give those brilliant colored blooms a drink.


Paphiopedilum, the Solitaire

Paphiopedilum orchidA tropical beauty, this easy-going orchid generally only carries a single flower per scape.

Unlike other orchids, Paphiopedilum loves shade which makes it a great choice for darker rooms.

Laure Hamann

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Images: Pixabay: Simon Bardet, David, Silvia Gamsjäger, Hartono Subagio, Man Mensch, suresh7076, terbe_rezso
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