10 most beautiful Orchid s plants types
Prized for their exotic flowers, orchid come in a vast range of shapes and colors, and some also have scented blooms.
The stars of any show, use one as a focal point in a bright room, or recreate their natural inclination to cling to trees by growing those with aerial roots on bark or a log.
While some of these divas demand lots of attention, others—most notably the widely available moth orchids (Phalaenopsis)—will thrive without too much fuss.
1 – SPIDER ORCHID (Brassia species)
TEMPERATURE 55–75°F (12–24°C)
LIGHT Bright indirect
HEIGHT & SPREAD Up to 3 x 3ft (1 x 1m)
Like colorful spiders crawling along arching stems, the unusual blooms of this orchid comprise long, thin, yellow or green , with brown or maroon stripes or spots, attached to a rounded central lip.
The spidery flowers also have a delicious spicy scent and appear in late spring and summer, while the pseudobulbs (swellings at the base of the stems) each produce two or three long, strap-shaped green leaves.
Allow the top of the potting soil to dry out between waterings in spring and summer. Partly submerge the pot in a tray of unsoftened water for half an hour, then leave to drain.
In winter, the plant needs a rest and should be kept drier, watering just enough to prevent the pseudobulbs from shrinking.
Mist the leaves daily from spring to late summer and stand the pot on a tray of wet pebbles, or install a room humidifier.
Apply special orchid fertilizer every other watering from midspring, when new growth emerges, to late summer.
PLANTING AND CARE
Plant the spider orchid in a 4–8in (10–20cm) clear pot in special orchid potting medium (or a 6:1:1 mix of composted bark, perlite, and charcoal).
Do not cover the aerial roots, which should be left exposed to the light.
Set in a bright position, out of direct summer sun and away from drafts, and provide good ventilation.
Cut the flower spike down to just above the first node after blooming, then place in lower light.
The orchid likes to be cramped, so only repot when growth starts to suffer.