Cut Orchid Flowers

1Name: Phalaenopsis
Native to: Tropical regions
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 5 – 8 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – Popular varieties include the Clown Alley, the Phalaenopsis Mambo, the orange lip and the red lip.
Handling and Care – The water in the flowers vase should be kept fresh. Replace the water every 3 days with cool to cold water. Re-cut 1/2″ from the base of the stem using a trimming knife. Remove any flowers that may be wilting.
Fun Facts – The first major advance in breeding was made in 1920. Dr. Jean Gratiot from France began
making hybrids of several orchids, creating the cross between the P. amabilis and the rimestandiana
form. The orchids he created became popular in Europe.

2Name: Cymbidium
Native to: Southeast Asia and Australia
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 7- 12 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – Varieties include Peter Pan, the Maureen Carter and the Golden Elf.
Handling and Care – The water in the flowers vase should be kept fresh. Replace the water every 3 days with cool to cold water. Re-cut 1/2″ from the base of the stem using a trimming knife. Remove any flowers that may be wilting.
Fun Facts – The species Cymbidium is considered a delicacy in Bhutan. It traditionally cooked in a spicy curry or stew and called “olatshe” or “olachoto,” adding spice and flavor. It is one of the few plants that is added to foods.

3Name: Dendrobium
Native to: Southeast Asia
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 5 – 7 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – Varieties include the Dendrobiumnobile, Dendrobiumspeciosum, the Margaret Thatcher and the pink hybrid.
Handling and Care – The water in the flowers vase should be kept fresh. Replace the water every 3 days with cool to cold water. Re-cut 1/2″ from the base of the stem using a trimming knife. Remove any flowers that may be wilting.
Fun Facts – This flower was discovered that by a person named Dendrobiumdearei, and her Philippine sisters. However, the genus Dendrobium was named and officially established in 1799, by the Swedish botanist named Olaf Swartz.

4Name: Vanda
Native to: The South Pacific
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 4 – 7 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – The Vanda Pachara Delight, Vanda tricolor and the Vandopsislissochiloides are popular varieties.
Handling and Care – The water in the flowers vase should be kept fresh. Replace the water every 3 days with cool to cold water. Re-cut 1/2″ from the base of the stem using a trimming knife. Remove any flowers that may be wilting.
Fun Facts – In the Indian Vedic scriptures and Indian cultures, there are mentions of the plants under the name “Vanda”, which has been adapted as not only the most beautiful orchid, but the most well-known. Most of the orchids are perennial herbs with simple leave formations and structures.

5Name: Cattleya
Native to: South America
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 7 – 10 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – The Lady Ackland’s Cattleya, Amethyst-lipped Cattleya, and the Golden-yellow Cattleya are well-known varieties.
Handling and Care – Keep the ends of the stems (1/2‟‟) trimmed for a longer vase life. Keep your flower in cool location out of direct sunlight and change water every other day.
Fun Facts – The Cattleya orchid is known as the “lost orchid.” William Cattley, a patron of horticulture in Barnet, England, flowered one of the largest lavender orchids in November 1818. After that, he started one of the most intense collecting adventures in horticultural history. The Cattleya became popular for the next 150 years after the public’s perception grew fond of this orchid.

6Name: Lady Slipper
Native to: Asia and New Guinea
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 5 – 7 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – Popular varieties include the Ram’s-head Lady’s-slipper, the Pink Lady‟s Slipper and the Yellow Lady‟s Slipper.
Handling and Care – The water in the flowers vase should be kept fresh. Replace the water every 3 days with cool to cold water. Re-cut 1/2″ from the base of the stem using a trimming knife.
Fun Facts – The plant became the state flower of Minnesota in 1902. Because of its rarity, it was protected by state law a few years after. Also, it is illegal to pick or uproot a Showy Lady Slipper flower in
Minnesota without facing legal fines.

7Name: Zygos
Native to: South America
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 5 – 7 days
Dries well – No!
Varieties – The Cardinal‟s Roost is the most popular zygos variety.
Handling and Care – A zygos needs a cool environment in order to survive. As with most orchids, it needs plenty of water, but not on a daily basis. To keep your orchid from rotting re-cut at least ¾‟‟ on the flower stalk leading to the stem.
Fun Facts – The blossoms of the zygos have a very strong fragrance resembling that of Hyacinth or Narcissus. Most of the zygos species are terrestrial, but there are also a few epiphytic species within the genus. South and Central America house the largest number of zygos, with the Brazilian mountain ranges being its prime location.