Most people who are unfamiliar with orchids are under the impression that they are these super difficult, headache-inducing plants. Granted, some orchids are very demanding and intricate plants to grow, but for the most part, orchids are fairly easy on the average grower. They have evolved over the years to easily adapt to their environments which makes them the most popular houseplant in the United States.
As we are keen on growing orchid flowers, we thought we would help those of you that are still apprehensive about growing orchid by shedding some light on them in this post.
Here is our list of top 5 easiest orchids to grow. Even with being very easy to grow and maintain, none of these 5 orchids lack in beauty or wow factor. Therefore, it is just no excuse for you not to try to grow by yourself.
1. Phalaenopsis (fal-en-OP-sis):
Or commonly known as the Moth Orchid tend to be the least expensive, most common, and longest-blooming orchids available. As orchids are now the most popular houseplant in the U.S, the Moth Orchid is the most commonly purchased orchid.
This is due to their ease of care and for the fact that one Phalaenopsis bloom will look great for about four months or even longer. The flowers appear in shades of white, pink, red, green, yellow, orange, and purple.
Phalaenopsis thrive in low, medium, or bright light. They should be watered once a week or every other week. Increase the amount and size of blooms by feeding them monthly with a fertilizer specifically for orchids. They do best in temperatures from 50 to 75F.
Helpful Hint: You will see them bloom faster and more regularly with a sudden drop in temperature.
2. Dendrobium (den-DROH-bee-um):
Dendrobium flowers are often seen at florist shops in beautiful bouquets. They have long-lasting blooms, tending to stay vibrant for a month or a little longer. Their blooms can be seen in white, purple, pink, and even green.
Dendrobium thrives in medium to bright light. Similar to the Phalaenopsis you should water them once a week or every other week. They should be fertilized once a month with orchid specific fertilizer. You will see great success in temperatures from 50 to 70F.
Helpful Hint: The most common type of the hundreds of Dendrobiums available will keep their foliage throughout the year and will bloom off of new spikes.
3. Cymbidium (sim-BID-ee-em):
Cymbidium orchids are winter and early spring flourishers. They have waxy, long-lasting blooms and a very easy-care nature making them a very popular indoor orchid. Cymbidium orchids thrive in bright light. During the summer you can even take them outside and place them in a shaded area. Water them once a week to prevent them from drying out. Fertilizing them once a month in the Spring and Summer to see them bloom. Cymbidium’s are happiest in temperatures between 50 to 70F.
Helpful Hint: If you want to see your Cymbidium bloom as fast as possible give it a number of weeks at cooler temperatures. 50F or a tad under will get your Cymbidium showing it’s true colors. This is why they are winter blooming orchids.
4. Oncidium (on-SID-ee-um):
Eloquently referred to as dancing lady orchids, Oncidium’s offer vibrant collections of 40 or more flowers. They are seen in shades of yellow, purple, white, pink, and red, with flashy distinct markings. Oncidiums thrive in medium to bright light.
They should be watered once a week or even every two weeks. They should be fed once a month during the Spring and Summer months with orchid specific fertilizer. You will see them at their best in temperatures ranging from 50 to 75F.
Helpful Hint: The Sharry Baby Oncidium’s smell like CHOCOLATE!! Add them to your indoor garden for a natural air freshener!
5. Paphiopedilum (paff-ee-oh-PEE-di-lum):
The fifth pick was a tough one, but we chose the Paphippedilum or more commonly and easier to say, The Lady Slipper Orchid. This probably one of the most distinctive orchids. They offer large blooms with a hollow pouch surrounded by a sepal and two petals on the sides. Paphiopedilum’s are special orchids because they offer multicolored foliage which makes them eye candy even when not in bloom. Lady Slippers thrive in low, medium, or bright light. They need to be watered once a week and fertilized once a month in the Spring and Summer. They are happiest in temperatures between 50-70F.
Helpful Hint: Look for a multi-floral Paphiopedilum such as the Pinocchio Paph. This Lady Slipper will bloom multiple flowers at a time and will give you a larger display for a longer period of time.
So there you go, our Top 5 Easiest orchids to grow! Now get out there and make an addition to your home with one of these crowd favorites. We swear you won’t lose sleep taking care of them, but you will be caught ogling at them!
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