Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Have Fun with Orchids

What kind of visions come into your mind when you hear someone speak about orchids? Most people would recall one or the other wedding celebration where the brides table were brimming with orchids. But that is not the only thing you could use it for.

There is so much more that can be done with orchids. Just think how nice it will look if you had a photo frame adorned with two to three beautifully pink orchid flowers. It sure adds an exotic touch both in your home and garden. When home grown, you will know when your lovely orchids are ready to be picked as they would produce beautiful colorful blooms.

How Do Orchids Reach Full Bloom?

Admiring lovely orchid flowers are one of the few luxuries we get to enjoy. Having fun in using these beautiful flowers, coming from the orchid plant, for all types of decorations is a privilege indeed. But do anyone think how long it took for the orchid flower to reach full bloom?

What if you were told that it may take the orchid plant a few years to produce beautiful flowers. Especially if it was propagated from seeds. Lets take a closer look at the different stages of the orchid plant when grown from seeds:

  • Orchids grown from seed would take a couple of months before it would develop leaves that would be hardly visible at first.

  • Should you propagate orchids from a back-bulb, then you can expect any roots or leaves to start appearing in about 3 to 4 months time.

  • Orchids would reach full maturity within a period of three to eight years, depending on which variety or orchid you are growing.

  • Once the orchid flowers are there it would only be natural for its seeds to be transferred to other areas thanks to natural pollinators such as birds, bees, flies and moths

Ensuring Healthy Growth in Orchids

For anyone to have fun with orchids it would require that one takes good care by providing orchids with an environment that will help ensure strong growth.

Amazingly, each orchid variety would have their own unique seeds where the individual seeds would prosper under 40 to 60 percent humidity under indirect sunlight

Flushing of the orchid plant would be encouraged at least once a month to ensure that there is no chance of any salt building up. Many are fascinated by the lovely flowers orchids produce, and are amazed at the way the orchids would bend at the top as if the plant is planning on getting closer to you. When asked, each orchid lover will have a different answer. It should not come as surprise as the orchid species sports well over 30,000 different plant species and over 800 genera.

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