All About Orchids

Most people find orchids a mystery and think that they are fairly elusive. However, it only takes a little basic knowledge to get orchids growing.

Orchids

First of all, terrestrial orchids are orchids that grow in leaf litter or soil, which includes most of the orchid types in North America.

The orchid family is one of the largest in the world, and there is a huge diversity of orchids. There are about 25,000 species, and there are orchids growing on each continent, with the exception of Antarctica.

There is only one kind of orchid that is edible and grown as a food crop – this is the Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia).

The fragrance of orchids is one of the most popular thing about this kind of flower. The attractive smell they produce is used to attract pollinators and to prevent predators from eating them.

Epiphytic orchid is the most common kind of orchid, this type of orchid is also known as the “air plant.” These kinds of flowers do not require soil to grow, hence the name. Instead these flower latch on to the trunks of trees and their branches, they get their nutrients from the host tree or from other debris collected in their leaves, as well as from rainfall or other humidity.

[Via: The Gaston Gazette]

All About Orchids was last modified: July 11th, 2018 by admin
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