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 them!
Miltonia, the romantic one
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.
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.
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).
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).
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
Unlike other orchids, Paphiopedilum loves shade which makes it a great choice for darker rooms.
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