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The Best Orchids for Your Office

Posted on Aug 9, 2014

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Orchids are beautiful plants that can be grown indoors and provide the room with an instant uplift. As Orchids become more and more popular, they are commonly found in gardens, homes, offices, and just about everywhere else you can think of. With over 20,000 Orchids species available, you are sure to find one that fits the conditions you can provide.

Wild Orchids can be found in just about all climates in the world besides the arctic. You will find Orchids on every continent and at any elevation. Each species has a specific temperature and moisture requirement and grows best in a small area that meets those requirements. For this reason, you will typically find that there are low numbers of each Orchid type, but the large number of species balances it out.

With all of the species available, you shouldn’t have any problem finding one that will suit any office. The most important aspect to consider is the amount of light the plant will receive. You want to ensure that you provide your Orchid with just the right amount of light. Figure out where you want to place the Orchid and then find a species that will fit in perfectly. For more information on the different types of Orchids, visit this page on Orchid types. H

Phalaenopsis Orchids

yellow orchid flowers isolated on white

Nicknamed the “Moth Orchid”, these Orchids are the most commonly grown indoor Orchids. Most Orchids that you see being sold at stores are of this species. They are very resilient and will live through a forgotten watering for a few days. They are also very good at alerting you that they need to be watered by giving off a wilted appearance.

This Orchid should be placed somewhere that gets a lot of indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight will burn the leaves and you will end up with a dead plant. Water your Phalaenopsis Orchid once a week by allowing water to run through the pot for a few seconds. This will wash out all the extra salts left behind by your last watering. You can also find variations of this species that can be watered with ice cubes once a week.

Phalaenopsis Orchids produce beautiful flowers with a large assortment of patterns. Flowers can be any color except black or blue, unless they are dyed to provide that color temporarily. This is a very common indoor flower, because they stay in bloom for months before the flowers fade away. They can also be moved anywhere that doesn’t receive full sunlight while they are in bloom, making them perfect for display pieces.

Cattleya Orchids

Red cattleya orchid isolated on white

These Orchids produce some of the largest and most fragrant flowers you will find. Flowers can reach up to 8 inches across if cared for correctly. Before Phalaenopsis Orchids became the Orchid to have, this was the queen of Orchids.

Cattleya Orchids need bright locations because sunlight directly encourages flowering. If you do not

provide this plant with enough light, it will not flower. Provide this Orchid with plenty of direct sunlight to produce the best flowering. They can also be adjusted to small amounts of direct sunlight if that is all you can provide.

These Orchids are native to swampy conditions and need to be watered heavily during the growing season. Check for moisture daily and water if it will not stay moist until the next time you check. Do not let the growing medium dry out, but do not let the plant sit in water either.

Those are the two most common Orchids grown in offices around the world. They are perfect for locations that provide a steady temperature and a good amount of sunlight. The spectacular flowers that they both produce will add an instant wow factor to each and every room of your workplace.

Many offices keep a few of each type in a growing area and rotate them out to display only when in bloom. This is a great way to ensure that you’re always displaying a perfect Orchid!

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