Gardening: the orchid

Cool Plants the Orchids

the orchid
the orchid

When people speak of orchids, they usually have the type in mind that are used in flower arrangements and for a corsage. This type is the common cymbidium orchid, but in fact orchids are the largest and most diverse of the flowering plants, with some 25,000 - 30,000 species!

They are considered to be some of the most advanced floral evolution known to man, and besides their often awe-inspiring beauty, they have commercial use as well, with the orchard genus vanilla being cultivated for.... hmmm...I wonder what? :)

Some species are extremely tenuous in their relationship to the environment. However,

Don Bourke explored some varieties that will easily thrive in the garden.

dendrobium variety

Cattleyas can be grown in the backyard environment, and flower in many different shapes, and colours with the exception of blue.

Dendrobiums are a native to Australia, as well as Asia and the Pacific, and although there are thousands of species, the 'floppy' variety look great in hanging pots or garden arrangements.

paphiopedilum variety

Paphiopedilum, or the commonly called 'slipper orchids' are exquisite, but they need a little care, and moisture all-year round. They love a cosy site as well, cramp them in and they will thrive.

Sarcochilus are easy to grow, and are another Australian native. Once again, shady positions, and plenty of moisture are required.

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