Orchids are an amazing family of plants all belonging to the Orchidacaeae family which is recognized as the most diverse plant family in the world. The family of Orchids is incredibly vast, consisting of over 800 genera and over 20,000 known species! Orchid species are found throughout the world on every continent except Antarctica.
Orchids are famous for a variety of reasons, perhaps most notably their unique flowers. Most people are familiar with Phalaenopsis orchids (aka Moth Orchids). The immaculate blooms of Phalaenopsis orchids are very striking and come in a variety of colors. Although they look very delicate, they can actually perform quite well indoors.
Yet the world of Orchids goes far beyond Phalaenopis orchids. As you will see, orchids come in wide range of blooms. In fact, there are so many different types of orchids there are many orchid societies and clubs around the world with enthusiasts always seeking new and interesting species and varieties. The American Orchid Society is one of the most prominent in North America.
Many of these orchids you see in the U.S. are grown in tropical locations such as Hawaii. To visualize the role Hawaii plays in orchid growth, I will take you on a photographic tour of the orchid growing process in Hawaii and share some care tips for a few of the most popular types of orchids.
Growing Orchids in Hawaii
Oncidium & Tolumnia Orchids
Want to know more about orchids? Check out these amazing orchid facts and grow your appreciation for the whole Orchidacaeae family.
Green Side Up,
Matt Kostelnick, Senior Horticulturist at Ambius
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