Orchids are a beautiful, unique and exotic alternative to standard plants and flowers. They’re also one of the largest flowering plant families, so we’ve put together a few tips on how to choose the right one for you.
Growing and caring for orchids
Orchids can be grown outdoors in a shadehouse or under a verandah, or indoors under bright filtered sunlight. Because orchids need to be well drained, standard potting mix is too dense so you’re better off using a specifically formulated orchid potting mix.
When it comes to watering orchids, less is more. If the potting mix looks damp, wait for a day and give it another water the next morning.
Types of orchids
The Phalaenopsis orchid is easy to care for and is available in a wide range of colours. They are a very popular variety due to their elegant appearance and ate ideally suited to life indoors.
Cymbidium is one of the prettiest flowering orchids and therefore one of the most popular. They are perfect for a sheltered area like an outdoor patio or timber deck.
The Blue orchid is a rare variety that requires plenty of attention and plenty of sunlight. However, their striking appearance will make all the hard work worthwhile.
Thai orchids come in many colours and thrive when kept in a warm environment with regular watering. Remember, orchids hate cold, wet conditions so try to make sure they’re always getting the right amount of sunlight.
Black orchids need a generous amount of shade otherwise they can be burnt by the sun. Be careful not to overwater black orchids, a good rule is “if in doubt, they can go without”.
White orchids can be grown easily if you take the time to fertilise them once a week using a good quality orchid food . Always water in the morning to avoid the onset of fungal diseases.
Wild orchids come in a variety of colours and can be planted indoors or outside as long as they receive the right amount of sun and any excess water can drain away easily.
Choose your orchid
Ready to plant? Then check out the wide range at your local store.