|Worldwide there are over 20.000
different botanical varieties of Orchids. Just a small amount of these 20.000
are suitable for commercial production, while Orchid lovers collect the
other varieties. All these varieties grow over different continents and
in variable conditions. Some varieties grow in certain mountain areas in
Asia and others on trees in the rainforest in Brazil. Because Orchids grow
under so many different conditions it is hard to give general growing advise.
In order to know how to treat a certain Orchid it is important to check
how it grows in its natural habitat. Orchids that grow on trees are called
epiphytes. These plants attach themselves on the tree and take up nutrition
from the rain that runs along the trunk. Terristic growing plants live on
the soil. Examples of these are Cymbidium and Paphiopedilum. Usually they
grow in the shade of trees. However there are a few varieties that grow
in open areas where they catch more sunlight than they would require.
The Orchid claims its name because of the tubers that are visible with ground-orchids. It is derived from the Greek word orhis = testicle.
In the living room
| Many Orchids are suitable for growing in the
living room. How to do it? Your exotic roommate requires some attention,
but not more then any other ordinary houseplant. A regular temperature for
the living room, around 20ºC, should be suitable for most varieties
from the enormous Orchid family. On this website we will give brief information
about the most common varieties.