Orchid Plants – Unusual Varieties That Are Super Easy To Grow

orchid plants in greenhouse

Orchid Plants – Unusual Varieties That Are Super Easy To Grow

Orchid plants have been enjoying an increase in popularity over the last several years, as consumers no longer view them as delicate and difficult plants to grow, but as hardy and easy plants to care for, with the ability to bloom year-round.

Their unique beauty, low cost, and hardiness have made them popular home decor items. With more orchid plants being produced at an affordable cost by nurseries throughout the United States and Canada, they are enjoying a huge sales boom in the home decorating marketplace.

This short video we put together showcases some of the more unusual, yet easy-to-grow orchids that are available today.

Hope you liked the video and discovered some new varieties you haven’t seen before.

What are the Most Popular Types of Orchids?

  • Phalaenopsis Orchids

    With more than 60 species, phalaenopsis are the most popular variety of orchid plant sold today. This is due in large part to the ease of blooming and propagation under artificial light and growing conditions.

  • Cattleya Orchids

    Often thought of as the “Cadillac” of corsage flowers, cattleya orchid plants feature large, showy flowers that range in size from 5 cm to 15 cm or more. Most often seen in white, lavender, and purple shades, they actually come in all colors except true blue and black. The flower stalks each originate from a pseudobulb, usually producing one or two blooms, but in some cases, up to ten flowers. There are 42 species in the Cattleya genus.

  • Oncidium Orchids

    Know in the flower business as “Dancing Lady” or “spray” orchids because of the way in which the flower stalks grow. Most people are familiar with the bright yellow varieties, but the plants can be found in red, white, and pink as well. Oncidium orchids are very long, with several varieties ranging from 3m – 5m in length.

  • Paphiopedilum Orchids

    Commonly referred to as “Lady Slipper” orchids, paphiopedilum orchid plants are considered highly collectible by growers and enthusiasts. They got their name from the unusual shape of the flower, which resembles a lady’s slipper. There are about 80 varieties of paphiopedilums, native to areas of Southeast Asia and Pacific regions.

And here’s one more fact about orchids you might not know. Most people associate orchid growing with tropical areas like Hawaii, but Florida and California actually grow more orchids.

However, the three states combined produce about 90% of all the orchids and orchid plants sold in the U.S.

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