Hybrid Vigor

Ever since orchids exploded in popularity in Europe in the 1850’s, orchid lovers have crossbred them. By blending genes of different species, and then choosing the best and sturdiest offspring, breeders have developed combinations with hybrid vigor. Complementary traits from both parents produce tougher plants. Hybrids are easy to grow and flower, and hardy enough to survive a little neglect. They often have larger, more frequent, and longer-lasting blooms. With basic orchid instructions, they’re as easy as any houseplant. These 6 examples are a drop in the bucket of countless orchid crosses.

Fragrant Phal hybridOncidium hybridDendrobium hybrid

Lady slipper hybridPhal hybridCattleya hybrid

Hybrid vigor makes these excellent choices for orchid beginners. If you’re buying from a supermarket or department store, you’re probably buying a hybrid. If you’re buying from a florist or garden center, it’s likely to be a hybrid, but ask if you’re not sure. Orchid species have more finicky care needs, and are better suited for experienced growers. If it’s a gift for Mother’s Day, a birthday, or to cheer somebody up, the superior qualities of a hybrid will brighten the day.

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10 Comments on “Hybrid Vigor”

  1. AboutOrchids » Blog Archive » Mother’s Day Orchids Says:

    […] Most orchids sold today are sturdy hybrids, and you can care for them with a few tips[…]

  2. Roberta Boyle Says:

    Important information for me. Thanks for really competent informative article. Ill be in touch with U

  3. nancy Says:

    I want that Oncidium Bumble Bee. How cute!

  4. Mara Dempsey Says:

    This makes sense. If inbreeding makes weak offspring, then hybrids make strong offspring. Its a good thing all the ones for sale at the markets are hybrids.

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  10. Charlotte Says:

    That’s way more clever than I was expectnig. Thanks!