Hybrid Orchids -House Plants
by: James Connor
Hybrid by definition means the cross pollination of two cultivar, variety or species of a plant. This combines the genetic make up of the two parents. The off spring of these hybrids are also considered hybrids. Orchids are the largest family of the plant kingdom. There are currently about 25,000 species and about 100,000 hybrid orchids. This makes talking in general terms difficult. Hybrid orchids come in most any color except blue. Blooms on a plant can last upto one month, but after cutting they can last two to three weeks. These flower are very beautiful, with an understated elegance. It has been documented that even Confucius felt this way by stating, "the association with a superior person is like entering a hall of orchids".
Hybrid Phalaenopsis have made their way into many households. They may be one of the most popular house plants, some thing other orchids have not been able to achieve. This plant boasts pink flowers with beautiful barred leaves that is very attractive even when not in bloom. When they are in bloom, give off a soft rose fragrance. These have been a very popular plant with orchid enthusiasts since their discovery. They are easy to find and puchase.
Orchid Light Requirements
Phalaenopsis have a very low light requirement. This plant, in general, enjoys quite shady conditions but it maybe able to tolerate more light, especially if there is a fan close by. As with a lot of other hybrid orchids, these plants do not tolerate direct sun light. Temperature is another consideration to maintain the optimal growing conditions for these orchids. In general these plants do not do well in temperatures below 60 degrees. Although in the fall, evening temperatures of around 55 degrees are needed to encourage flower spikes.
Hybrid Orchid Potting Soil
The types of potting soil that you may use varies depending on the area, the climate and the growing conditions. Northerners may chose a potting mix that is moisture retaining along with a plastic container to help keep the plant moist. While hybrid orchids grown in the south may prefer a coarser potting mix that may include lava rock to help open up the soil and a clay pot that will encourage moisture evaporation. This combination helps keep the roots cooler. Another option for these wonderful plants is to place them in a hanging basket. This allows for a natural droop of the leaves. These can make a very attractive and graceful presentation.
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