Orchids orchids and orchids! This type of flower used to be synonymous with the rich and the royal. They were once only available to the affluent societies. Importation of these rare beauties from the various parts of Asia used to come with a hefty price tag. But over the last ten years orchids have become readily available to everyone around the world. Orchid farms can now be found in South America, the Unites States, parts of Canada, and across Asia.
The phalaenopsis orchid, commonly referred to as the moth orchid, is a delicate blossom. The name of this orchid is no accident: “phalaena” refers to a large order of insects that includes moths and butterflies. Undoubtedly, the phalaenopsis flower looks like a moth in flight.
It’s uses are endless, but are especially sought after for weddings. They are a delightful addition to a wedding bouquet, they make a stunning boutonnière or corsage, and are often used in the potted form as a centerpiece.
Phalaenopsis is one of the most popular orchids in the trade. There are approximately 60 species of the phalaenopsis. Through the development of many artificial hybrids, this orchid is available in a myriad of colours and sizes.
Phalaenopsis found in the wild grow below the canopies of moist and humid lowland forests protected from direct sunlight. They are epiphytes, which means that they attach themselves to tree branches. They can however, grow in seasonally dry or cool environments as well. Phalaenopsis are a very popular houseplant. When grown inside, the blooms can last up to 6 months. They generally bloom once a year. In order to encourage a mature plant to bloom, allow the orchid to be subjected to cool night time temperatures of around 10 degrees celcius as opposed to the recommended 15 degrees celcius.
Orchids are not as hard to take care of as you think. They have a reputation of being finicky and difficult to get to rebloom. If you provide them with cooler nights you will be surprised at just how easy they can be! And remember, if you find a spot in your home that your orchid is happy in DON’T MOVE IT!!!!