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Home Grown Orchids:

Common, Easy to Grow


According to the AOS (American Orchid Society), if you can grow houseplants, you can grow orchids. Like any other plant, orchids must have the growing conditions they need in order to survive, yet they are amazingly sturdy and resilient.


Some of the easier orchids with which to start your collection include Cattleya, Phalaenopsis, Cymbidium and the Paphiopedilum. Let’s get to know each and then you can make a decision.


Cattleya, often abbreviated as Catt. It is also known as the Corsage Orchid if you colors like white, lavender, red, yellow, orange, green, etc. Their varieties are like Saffron Satin, Fiesta, Lemon Chiffon, Serendipity and Hawaii Peach.


Phalaenopsis, also known as the Moth Orchid, made up of sprays of blossoms with colors like white, yellow, pink, red, green, etc. Varieties are Ruben (red in color), Roman Holiday (light yellow with heavy red spots and pink center), Plantation (white with heavy red spots), Crownfox Superloaf (white), and Leopold (orange with pink center).


Cymbidium, one of the common orchids, colors are in white, green, yellow, pink, red, etc. Varieties are like 1902 (yellow), Amaranth (dark pink), Apple Tea (light pink), Ballerina (pink) and Cafeteria (red).



Cymbidium Orchid



Paphiopedilums, also known as Lady Slippers, this orchid is very unique in appearance. There is a pouch hanging from the petals and often, they have stripes or spots on them. Varieties include Nike, Krull’s Leopard, Florida snow and Amy Book.


The American Orchid Society (AOS) maintains a series of downloadable informational sheets on orchids including orchids for the home. Culture sheets for beginners are available for the following orchids: Cattleya, Cymbidium, Phalaenopsis and Paphiopedilum – not a co-incidence.


Culture sheets for the intermediate grower include the following: Cattleya, Cymbidium, Dendroblum, Lycaste, Masdevallia, Miltonia, Oncidium, Ondontoglossum, Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilum, Stanhopea and Vanda.


So here listed are available downloads for beginners – and then you can move on to the more intermediate grower – how great is that? Check out the AOS website for this.



Esther Smith, author 

Now you not only have some idea of the easiest orchids to grow at home, but you can choose the color that most appeals to you – with great success refer back to this article and choose your second one. I’m betting it won’t be long before you are classified as an “intermediate”. For more orchid information=>