Orchid Flowers

Archive for November 2010

Orchid family is most numerous in the plant kingdom. 25000 to 30000 species of orchids are there around the world. Orchids are most beautiful, sensual, exotic and most expensive flowers. Their elegant look and eye-catching appearance make these flowers favorite to anyone. There are two types of orchids, one is terrestrial orchids and second is epiphytes. Both types are very popular among flower fans. Some other orchids that you will like to buy and grow are:

Moth Orchids

Probably, this type of orchids is the most ordinary sort. These plants can buy from a standard grocery store. In Asian supermarket, truck-loads of white or purplish pink variety can easily be found. Fashion designers, call its purplish-pink color as “orchids”. Moth orchids are also known as Phalaenopsis orchids. Phalaenopsis orchids are epiphytes and grow on trees in a constantly moist environment. These flowers look very graceful due to their long flower spikes. These flowers are full of power to brighten up a dull atmosphere and to add an elegant look to home decorations. Now, Phalaenopsis are extensively grown as houseplants. One thing about Phalaenopsis that they bloom only once or twice a year and their flowers can last for two to three months.

Dendrobium Orchids

Another prominent sort of orchid that is very good option to beautify your garden is “Thai restaurant orchids”. These forms of orchids are Dendrobium hybrids and can be found easily at Thai restaurants. These restaurants use freshly-cut flowers to decorate tables. Dendrobium orchids are available in many colors. Color options are white, green, purple, pink, yellow and many others. They require a fairly warm environment and this is due to the reason that they could loose their leaves in winter when temperature falls below 60°F (15°C). Actually, Dendrobium is one of the largest orchid species.

Dendrobium class lives as epiphytes and lithophytes in New Guinea, Southern China, Thailand, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and more. Some of these require cool night with 50 to 59°F (10 to 15°C) temperature while some of these require warm temperatures in the 80s°F (27°C). For their different environment requirement, it is significant to understand their natural environment to better care these orchids.

Slipper Orchids

One of most favorite types of orchid is lady slipper orchid because of their bizarre appearance. These flowers are different from other types of flowers and have pouch-shaped lips. Terrestrial and lithophytic slipper orchids encompass for genera:

  • Paphiopedilum
  • Phragmipedium
  • Cypripedium
  • Selenipedium

Nearly all Cypripedium and Selenipedium are plants that are fairly tricky to grow. These flowers can be got from fancy grocery store. Variety of colors is available along with this type of orchids, color options are:

  • Girlie soft pink
  • Eye-catching yellow
  • Innocent white
  • Dark red
  • Brown
  • Green with hairy and warty petals

Boat Orchids

Boat orchid, Cymbidium enormously grows well in Southern California. These sorts of orchids widely have been depicted in drawings and poetry for more than two thousand years since the time of Confucius. Still, they are popular plants due to their big, showy and long-lasting flowers. The pink, yellow, green, red, brown, peach or combination colored flowers also last wonderfully as cut flowers. If one change water daily and cut down the bottom of the spike, they can look perfect for a month or two in vase.

Orchid is not a new name for garden lovers and nature lovers. It is one of the most desired flower plants among gardeners. Orchid flowers are most beautiful and sophisticated flowers but growing these flowers needs special care and attention. Gardeners are required to provide them with most accurate atmospheric conditions. There are several types of orchid flowers plants and each type has different features. If you carefully observe needs of your orchid plant then your orchids will really embellish your garden. You must be aware of commonly grown types of orchid flower plants. These types include:

  • Phalaenopsis
  • Paphiopedilum
  • Dendrobrium
  • Oncidium
  • Vanda
  • Epidendrum

Here is information about basic needs of orchids that should be in knowledge of all gardeners and flowers lovers:

Humidity

Orchid plants need about 60% of humidity. Greenhouse is the best place to grow orchid plants as there is best humidity level for orchid plants. You can also grow these plants in humidity tray that can be bought from store. You can also make your humidity tray at home. Take a saucer or tray and fill it with water and rocks and keep orchids in it.

Light and Air

If you are growing orchids inside then sunlight is not required but ventilation is very important for indoor orchids. Switch on the fan or open window of room to keep your orchids free from pest and bacteria.

Water Needs

Keep checking the roots of your orchids to know if it needs water. Filtered water is best option to keep your orchids fresh. Prefer week fertilizer solution for your orchids. Wait for 3-4 watering intervals after one fertilizer to next fertilizer application. If you maintain this routine of watering and fertilizer application then you will keep your orchids in good health.

Temperature

This is the feature that can be compromised with as it is not important for orchid growth. Some orchids need warm temperature but most of orchid plants are friendlier to cool temperature. If you feel that your orchids got hotter than cool them with water.

Potting Needs

Change their pots after every 1-2 year. It is the best time to change the pot when you see your plant has become old.

Pests

Decide which pesticide you will apply either natural or artificial. If you have decided to use artificial one, then identify the pests and select pesticide accordingly. Do these precautions to prevent your orchid from pests and bacteria:

  • Repot your orchids
  • Blend some dish washer in water. Remember the water’s quantity should be much more.
  • Make a mixture of water and bleach. Water’ quantity should be in greater proportion.
  • Another very important remedy for indoor orchids is to keep only inside the house.

Garden decoration accents and garden ornaments such as water fountains can be a very positive experience to any garden by requiring minimal space. Garden fountains can provide an oasis and best retreats from stress of daily life. Garden decorations and garden accessories like water fountains can be a centerpiece of a garden. Running water in a fountain can add a soothing element to any garden. Garden fountains and other ornaments personalize the garden with unassuming charm and good taste. Well arranged and settled garden fountains can become a focal point and enhance natural beauty of garden.

Rules for garden decoration are vague. Nothing is pre-defined and all depends on tastes rather than set of rules. Here are some quick facts for installation of garden fountains that will give you cool environment at home:

  • The first thing you need to know when you start choosing plants and other ornaments for your entry garden is to think of the places you want to decorate and consider light and other conditions of that place.
  • Remember that fences can add authentic appeal and can create sense of privacy in your garden.
  • Right selection of water fountain can make your garden best place for enjoyment.
  • Garden fountains come in different sizes, styles and shapes. Some are designed to be placed right in the center of garden to make an attractive focal point. Some fountains can be incorporated into an ornamental landscape or can be mounted on exterior wall of home or can be placed on a deck.
  • Indoor fountains can be used to place in various locations with various models designed for indoor wall mounting, usable in upright floor standing, to be used as room divider or table top versions that can be adjusted any where.

After installing the garden fountains, you need to take proper care for maintenance of its beauty. Follow the instructions of manufacturer about cleaning and care of installed fountain. Follow these tips for care of your fountain:

  • Clean the foundation on regular basis as debris can collect in and on the fountain easily. Make sure to remove leaves, twigs and other debris.
  • Check fountain’s water level on daily basis and add fresh water when needed. If you let the water level below the pump’s intake level, it can cause burnout or other damages to the pump.
  • Remember that combination of water and sunlight is best for growth of algae therefore add vinegar or hydrogen peroxide or sea salt to the water for prevention of algae growth. You can also add bleach as an alternative.
  • Drain out all the water before thorough cleaning of fountain. Use a brush to clean inside of the water reservoir with soap water.
  • Thoroughly rinse water in the fountain to remove soap residue.
  • Special care is needed in winter season as water can freeze in cold weather. Frozen water will expand that can crack the fountain. It is recommended to drain out all water from fountain in winter season. Keep the fountain dry completely and cover it with non-porous material.

Remember that taking the proper steps can extend life of your garden fountain.