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Phalaenopsis Orchid

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The much-loved Phalaenopsis orchid is a member of the family Orchidaceae, the second largest family of flowering plants, consisting of over 20,000 species! In addition, commercial producers of orchids have developed over 100,000 horticultural varieties.


Phalaenopsis orchid

The species that people are most familiar with is Phalaenopsis, pictured on the right. The number of spectacular colours and patterns that are available in this species is endless. Deep purples, mottled white and purple, yellows with delicate pink centers, and pinks of every shade, to name a few. Mass production techniques have resulted in very reasonable prices and widespread availability of orchids. With proper care, the flowers on orchid plants can last from weeks to months, making orchids a great alternative to cut flowers. Mini phalaenopsis are under $10 and quickly liven up an office workstation.

Several other spectacular species are gaining in popularity. Dendrobium orchids have smaller, very intricate and more abundant flowers. They are also available in many colours. Cymbidium orchids also have clusters of small delicate flowers.

Did you know that many species of orchid are native to Ontario and grow as wildflowers? The most familiar of these would be the Lady Slipper.

The phalaenopsis orchid is the plant we are most often asked about by people in the offices we visit.  Many people are concerned that caring for an orchid is tricky. It is actually very straightforward, with one important tip… do not overwater! Orchids need infrequent and small amounts of water. The equivalent of a melted ice cube every few days is enough. Orchids are typically packaged for sale without soil. The roots are surrounded by small chunks of wood mulch, which hold moisture. Keeping these wood chips slightly damp provides all the moisture needed for potted orchids. Orchids purchased from quality suppliers should keep their flowers for several weeks to several months. Bright indirect light helps prolong the flowering period. If you are patient, it is possible to get an orchid to produce flowers again. Keep it in bright indirect light, and in 6-8 months you may see a new stem and flowers appear.

Still intimidated?? Consider an artificial orchid. These are unbelievably life-like and one of our most popular requests. We make custom arrangements for reception areas. See below for a few examples of our orchid creations.

Artificial Phalaenopsis orchid arrangement

Large artificial orchid arrangement in a cultured marble vase.

Phalaenopsis orchid artificial

Custom artificial two-colour phalaenopsis orchid arrangement

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