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Orchids

Orchids

Orchids are very popular as they thrive in the home environment, they have stunning flowers and they are easy to look after. Although Phalaenopsis is by far the most popular orchid there are many other species and hybrids that will thrive in the home environment provided you follow some simple guidelibes. Here, we provide advice for the various types of orchids such as Phalaenopsis, Cambria, Dendrobiums and Cymbidiums.


Phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis orchids originate from south eastern Asia and the Philippines. They grow naturally as epiphytes on trees in the warm, tropical forests. They do not have bulbs like other orchids but instead grow fleshy leaves, which store some food and water with new ones forming from the central crown.

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Cambria

This group of hybrids consists of Oncidium, Miltonia, Odontoglossum, Brassia etc. They are often grouped together as they are related and require very similar care. They will flower once a year in the spring or autumn (they tend to flower every nine months) and their flowers will last for six to eight weeks.

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Cymbidiums

Cymbidiums originate from South East Asia where they are normally found at medium altitudes in mountains and foothills. Cymbidiums are tall-growing plants that can reach one metre and their flower spikes can become top-heavy so they need support to prevent them from snapping.

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Dendrobium

Dendrobium orchids are one of the largest families of orchids and they originate from the Far East. They are known as ‘bamboo cane’ orchids as their pseudobulbs resemble bamboos. Some of them are deciduous i.e. they drop their leaves in winter.

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