Caring for Orchids from A to Z

Are you an orchid enthusiast? Then you are definitely visiting the right site! Here you will find some valuable information about orchid types, pictures and tips on how to care for your orchids properly!

Strictly spoken there are only two different types of orchids: the terrestrial and the aerial ones or epiphytics. We could add third type to the two already mentioned: the lithophytic, meaning that the orchid roots cling to rocks, although these are usually clasified as epiphytics. At any rate, many people, when speaking of orchid types refer mainly to the different orchid kinds or orchid species.

As the interest of many people who begin to be involved in orchids’ care is to know how many orchids types there are, we can say that the number of species is more than 20.000 plus around 100.000 hybrids. So we will start by enumerating a list with some of the more popular species that you can easily find in your favorite orchid supplier:

Oncidium Orchids, Phalaenopsis Orchids, Cattleya Orchids, Cymbidium Orchids, Dendrobium Orchids, Purple Dendrobium Orchids, Epidendrum Orchids, Masdevilla Orchids, Miltonia Orchids, Odontoglossum Orchids, Paphiopedilum Orchids, Vanda Orchids, the famous Dancing Lady Orchid

If we add all the variety of existing hybrids, the list would be much larger. For instance, we can mention some of the Cattleya Orchid hybrids:

Brassolaelia, Sophrolaelia, Sophrocattleya, Brassolaelioa, Potinara, Iawanagaara and many, many more…

As for me, I prefer real and genuine natural orchids even if there are some nice hybrids, since hybrids always include an unnatural component.

At any rate, the goal of this site is not to give an exhaustive information on the different orchid types, but rather to include some general guidelines to help you learn how to look after orchids flowers.

Growing Orchids Indoors and Outdoors

As we have seen, there is a great amount of different Orchid species (called sometimes orchid types). This variety implies that each species has different needs for water, light, fertilizer and air. Each species has also its characteristic scent.

For example, some orchid plants are wonderfully fragrant. However, their scent varies extremely. Some scents are somehow fruity, others are flowery. Some are subtle and some have a very strong fragrance.

Another very important factor for Orchids is the air circulation. Most Orchids are aerial plants. The need for more or less air circulation varies from a species to another.

Fertilizers are also an important item. While some species need more feeding, some other will need less. Also bear in mind that orchid plants may need more fertilizer during growth season. Fertilizers that contain urea should be avoided. When our orchid has insufficient feeding its leaves use to become yellow. If the potting media of our orchid is dry, it is advisable to water our plant before applying the fertilizer.

Here’s what you’ll discover on my website:

  • Where to set your orchids so that they receive the right amount of light to help them fly high
  • Simple ways of watering your orchid plants
  • Secrets from orchid experts
  • Steps to using fertilizer to maximize the growth and health of your orchids
  • Simple keys to growing your orchids in the right amount of humidity
  • Things you should never do when it comes to growing your orchid plants
  • How to pick out the right kind of orchid for you
  • When to re-pot your orchid plant
  • In what case you should want professional help and advice on your orchid
  • Ways to protect your orchid flowers from pests and disease
  • The way how you should avoid common mistakes in orchid care
  • The characteristics and differences between the most usually known orchid species

In conclusion, there are many tips regarding Orchids and orchid types that we should know in order to keep our orchid plants healthy and in shape.