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Orchids have an intriguing beauty and they boast incredible colors, shapes, and scents. Perhaps it is these characteristics which contribute to the belief that orchids are difficult to cultivate and bloom. In reality, most orchids are not difficult plants to grow. As a matter of fact, some are almost indestructible. With a few basic tips for orchid care, you too can cultivate healthy orchids that will produce beautiful blooms to add beauty and enjoyment to any space.
Orchids are Everywhere
Over 30,000 species of orchids inhabit every corner of the world except for the driest deserts and Antarctica. Humans have crossbred these species to create over 140,000 hybrids, with more new crosses appearing all the time. Most orchids are grown for their beautiful flowers; however, the seedpods of the Vanilla orchid provide the popular flavoring that we all know and love. Orchids, unlike most plants, do not grow in soil but in the air. In their native habitats, their roots attach to trees or rocks where they capture moisture and nutrients that wash over them in the rain forest, in a tree canopy, or intermingled around tree branches.
Orchids are Ancient
Orchids have been around for millions of years. There is evidence of orchids existing in the time of the dinosaurs, approximately 120 million years ago, making them some of the first flowering plants that are known to man. Orchids are one of the largest and oldest families of plants in the world. For centuries, people all over the world have fallen in love with their beautifully delicate and intriguing flowers. The bright colors, bizarre shapes, and enchanting smells of their flowers have evolved to attract pollinators to the plants. Many pollinators are attracted to specific species of orchids; with a single type of insect or bird that is known for pollinating their flowers.
Steps to Grow
At Orchid Style, we pride ourselves on the quality of our orchids and supplies. In order to be successful in the cultivation of your orchids, we want to share with you our expertise so that you can achieve GROWING success. Whether you are a novice to orchid cultivation or a professional, we want to be your resource for building and maintaining your orchid collection. We want to provide you with the basic care for common orchids as well as some of the exotic orchids that we carry.