Orchid Information for Orchid lovers
Orchids are becoming one of the most popular home and garden plants available. There is a wide variety of the orchid species available naturally and even more hybrids being created every year. Orchids are Monocotyledon, also known as monocots, (which is a plant that only has one seed leaf). It is estimated that there are at least 60,000 different species of orchids. The orchid, or orchidacease is believed to be the second largest family of flowering plants, second only to the daisy. All orchids are perennial herbs with no firm stock and can be found all over the world, with the exceptions of places with extreme temperature conditions such as the glaciers and the deserts. They are not tough to grow with the proper amount of care including water, light, fertilizer and air. They can be easily grown and cared for in a outdoor garden, a climate controlled green house or an individual pot indoors. One of the easiest orchids to grow is the Phalaenopsis orchid. From the time that the first Phalaenopsis bud opens, the sprays will stay in bloom for the next two to three months. Where as, with a Cattleyas orchid the buds may only last up to a month in bloom from the time that the bud opens. Some species of orchids will bloom once a year, while other species will bloom a number of times a year and some even bloom continuously. Orchids are different from other flowers in many different ways. For example within the orchid species one petal is always more different or more extreme then the others and they have bilateral symmetry, so the leaf tends to present a mirror like look, in that one half of a leaf will look almost identical to the opposite half of that same leaf. Another aspect of orchids that makes them so popular is their fragrance. Some orchids are wonderfully fragrant. But, the scents from fragrant orchid flowers are extremely varying. Some species of orchid plants are subtle and other species are extremely strong. The scents range from flowery to fruity. More impressive is the fact that many orchids have common aromas such as chocolate, raspberry, coconut, lilac or citrus. For best results when planting orchids bark should be used rather then typically potting soil. They can also be grown in New Zealand sphagnum moss. Orchids need to be grown in pots that will supply them with good drainage. They should also be watered approximately once or twice a week. During the summer, your orchid plant may need to be watered more often about every four to five days. A good rule of thumb is the more heat they get, the more water you should give your orchid. The less heat, the less amount of water. Because New Zealand sphagnum moss can retain mosture better, orchid plants that are potted in New Zealand sphagnum moss should be water less often then those planted in bark. Depending on the species of orchid, they prefer a lot of light that is not too strong. Placing them in an window that is facing east, works well. However, since many orchid species can be found naturally in tropical conditions, they are used to receiving both shade and sun. Sun exposure that is too strong. Orchids that are suffering from too much light will display yellowing leaves. If this occurs you should increase the amount of shade that your orchid gets. Yellowing of orchid leaves may also indicate insufficient feeding. Orchid plants should be fertilized on a regular basis about every other week. You should also water your plant before applying the diluted nutrient solution if the pot is dry. Want to get more Orchid Information Visit my website at http://www.OrhidFlowerSecrets.com where you can get more information to help you learn more about how to buy, feed and grow, beautiful, healthy Orchids.