Indoor Orchid Plants

1Name: Phalaenopsis
Native to: Southeast Asia
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – Up to 3 months
Varieties – Popular varieties include the Clown Alley, the Phalaenopsis Mambo, the orange lip and the red lip.
Handling and Care – Fertilizing is important. To prevent wilting of your plant, fertilize your plant every season. This particular plant grows better when left in indirect sunlight. It‟s optimum temperature is between 70 to 80 degrees F. Water your plant early in the morning but do not water daily. Water every 4 to 7 days. After it has flowered the first time, cut the stem just above the node where the first flower bloomed.
Fun Facts – Phalaenopsis is Greek for Phalluna meaning the word “moth” and “opsis” meaning
resembling. Thus the name Moth Orchid came out of the Greek derivation.

2Name: Cymbidium
Native to: Southeast Asia and Australia
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – Up to 5 months
Varieties – Varieties include Peter Pan, the Maureen Carter and the Golden Elf.
Handling and Care – During the growing season, feed with a weak orchid fertilizer bimonthly. Be careful to avoid a high nitrogen fertilizer as this will cause rapid foliage growth at the expense of the bloom. Ensure temperatures do not exceed 40 degrees F when growing.
Fun Facts – The word Cymbidium has an interesting background. It comes from Greek word “kymbe” meaning “boat,” referring to hollowness seen in the lip of the flower.

3Name: Dendrobium
Native to: Southeast Asia
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – Up to 2 months
Varieties – Varieties include the Dendrobium nobile, Dendrobium speciosum, the Margaret Thatcher and the pink hybrid.
Handling and Care – Use fertilizer once every season. Water as needed but it is recommended you water your flower in the morning. Re-pot once every two years in Spring, after blooming, or when new growth starts. Keep the soil moist but do not over water. The ideal day temperature is 75-85 °F.
Fun Facts – Dendrobium were some of the first orchids to be widely planted simply because they are easy to take care of and have optimum temperatures, suitable for most environments.

4Name: Vanda
Native to: The South Pacific
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – Up to 3 years
Varieties – The Vanda Pachara Delight, Vanda tricolor and the Vandopsis lissochiloides are popular varieties.
Handling and Care – Use fertilizer once every season. Water as needed but it is recommended you water your flower in the morning. Re-pot once every two years in Spring, after blooming, or when new growth starts. Keep the soil moist but do not over water.
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 – 8 – 10 years
Varieties – The Lady Ackland’s Cattleya, Amethyst-lipped Cattleya, and the Golden-yellow Cattleya are well-known varieties.
Handling and Care – Fertilizing the plant with solutions like Peters 19-8-16. plant food with micro nutrients at least once a week during early spring and summer will ensure a beautiful growing season. Water daily but do not over water the soil as this can cause the flower to wilt. Do not water this flower at night.
Fun Facts – The Cattleya orchid is also called the “corsage orchid.” Back in the day, it was fashionably
acceptable to wear over sized Cattleya corsages to special occasions.

6Name: Lady Slipper
Native to: Asia and New Guinea
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – Up to 20 years
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 – Use fertilizer once every few weeks. Water as needed but it is recommended you water your flower in the morning. Re-pot once every two years in Spring, after blooming, or when new growth starts. Keep the soil moist but do not over water.
Fun Facts – The Lady Slipper has an interesting technical definition: “any of several chiefly American
wildflowers having an inflated pouch-like lip; difficult or impossible to cultivate in the garden.”

7Name: Zygos
Native to: South America
Availability – Year Round
Longevity – 2 – 4 years
Varieties – The Cardinal‟s Roost is the most popular zygos variety.
Handling and Care – Use fertilizer once every few days for the optimum results. Water as needed on an every other day basis. Re-pot once every spring and/or summer. Keep the soil moist but do not over water.
Fun Facts – The word zygospore (a part of the plant) comes from the Greek word “zygos,” which
translates to the word “joining.”