Orchids are one of the flowers that cheer me during winter. I am very happy that they are more affordable now, and they are relatively easy to take care of.
Here are a few interesting facts about orchids:
1. There are more than 25,000 documented species of orchid, and scientists are finding more every day.
2. Certain species of Orchid can survive up to 100 years.
3. Size, shape and texture of leaves depend on the habitat. Orchids that live in dry climate have thicker leaves covered with wax, while species that live in warm and humid areas have thin, elongated leaves. Certain species of orchids do not have leaves at all.
4. Orchids do not have classic root. They have rhizome, tuber or aerial roots.
5. Orchids have a symmetry similar to human faces. Each flower is bilaterally symmetric, which means that it can be divided into two equal parts.
Do you like Orchids?
Have you taken care of Orchids?
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I love orchids. I have them at home but they have not been doing well lately.
I hope they get well soon! They are a bit tricky.
This is something very interesting about orchids
Thank you very much!
as a certified black thumb, i do not try to grow complex things!
I can barely keep grass alive.
but I did enjoy your post on the orchid! I love the orchid’s many shapes/colors, based on its ecosystem!
I don’t do anything special to them and they are growing okay. Most of the time they are just leaves, but I am not losing hope that they will bloom again.
in our house, every plant except a cactus has died. The cactus doesn’t look well.
I am particularly good at killing cactuses. 😀
that is the only plant that has lived in our house for month than a year!
I think there’s only one rule for them, just don’t overwater them. Mine are thriving when I am away, and they don’t even seem affected by the lack of light.
we had one that needed sunlight (it died) now we have one that does well with the location it has, The forgetting to water part is easy!
I had a great collection of orchids before we moved in here into our new home. They did seem to like the direct sun coming into our home, all of them died. Only the ground orchids are blooming now.
Sorry to hear that! I have heard that they don’t like getting moved much, and they prefer to be near a window that looks towards east.
That is interesting about orchids. I love the scent of them,
Mine don’t really have a scent, but I am happy looking at them.
heard that some orchids get all their water from the air
I have seen that were hanging without a flowerpot, but I don’t know how long they last. Maybe you still have to spray them with water though.
not if the air is naturally humid enough
At the botanical garden, I saw them spray the Christmas cactus. It turned my world upside down.
you lost me at xmas cactus…
That is one flower I have yet to try growing.
I get them when they are blooming and I keep them in transparent flowerpots; they are doing well.
Orchids are gorgeous but I cannot keep them alive.
Mine are doing surprisingly well, and I don’t do anything special. However, only one has bloomed for a second time.
Nice post, Ellie. As well as vanilla as mentioned already, wild orchid roots are the source of the traditional drink Salep/sahlab/saloop, which is a popular winter drink throughout the lands of the former Ottoman Empire. I have enjoyed it in Israel and in Greece. Do you know it?
Thank you so much! No, I have never tried it. Do the orchids in it give it a noticeable taste or flavor?
I think the ground roots give a particular texture and mouth-feel, more than flavour. But it is a very popular drink, so maybe others can taste something I can’t!
I see. I will probably try to make it with cornstarch (I saw some recipes),and maybe some essence, because I have never had a drink with this consistency.
What a wonderful orchid, dear Ellie …. I bought many of them, but they all died … now I have none
Thank you so much! MIne are doing well, but most of them have not bloomed again. I still have hope.
I also hope that they will blossom, dear friend
Thank you so much for your kind words once again! 🙂
Orchids are also the source of one of the most expensive spices in the world.
Yes, that’s a great addition!
I have a few orchids, love their blossoms.
They are wonderful indeed!