Orchids Are Tougher Than You Think

If that beautiful orchid you received as a holiday present is now causing you panic attacks and nightmares, take a deep breath. With some basic care info, you’ll realize that many orchids are tough plants, and their finicky reputation is a myth. It will help to identify your orchid to determine its specific light, temperature, and water needs. The most common orchids sold today are Moth Orchids or Phals, so they’re a good place to start.

It’s quite possible that your gift orchid started its life in Taiwan, the world’s leader in commercial orchid production. This great article from the San Jose Mercury News (article no longer available) tells the story of Taiwan’s growing orchid industry, and how mass production technology has brought down prices. Orchids that may have cost thousands of dollars a few decades ago now sell in garden centers and grocery stores for just $10-$15. In addition to lowering prices, Taiwan’s growers have created many tough hybrids capable of being shipped around the world, and able to survive abuse and neglect. Is that holiday present looking a little less scary now?

Just a few decades ago,

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6 Comments on “Orchids Are Tougher Than You Think”

  1. Joy Blake Says:

    Its amazing how they can be shipped all to the US, Australia, China, Europe and survive the process.

  2. Peter Says:

    LOL! My orchids cause me panic all the time, but maybe thats jsut the way I am!

  3. Elisa Says:

    Thanks for the interesting info!

  4. laura s Says:

    the news article has some neat pictures. thanks for the news.

  5. Ben Says:

    I think cymbidiums are more common than moth orchids, so check them out too.

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