When orchid growers talk about their collection, one question always comes to mind. And that is, how addicted are you to orchids? Some say addiction is too strong of a word when it comes to describing their love for orchids. But the truth is addiction is the perfect word. True orchid lovers rarely keep just one of these plants. And as time goes by, their love for these plants becomes worthy of a session with Dr. Phil.
It’s funny reading about posts like this, especially because they are true. And while back I found a really good article describing the levels of orchid addiction, quite detailed might I say. And somehow it brings a smile to my face because I know I’m not alone. With the years I spent growing orchids I’ve lost count on the number of orchids that I have. And I confess… I am an orchid addict.
This article is really quite unique because each level describes and enumerates the things that orchid addicts have. Like for example, a level one orchid addict has one to five orchids, knows how to mist and has one basic orchid care book.
Level three is described by having 20 or more plants, having a mini greenhouse especially for orchids and being involved in an orchid society. Level 6, which I believe I am on the brink of, is described as having no idea of how many orchids he/she owns, hunting orchids in various parts of the world and writing personal stories about orchids. It’s quite fascinating.
I mean, who can blame us for being addicted to these amazing plants?
They are intriguing in every possible way you can think of – an orchid’s structure, flowers, leaves, culture, history, etc… Not to mention the happiness it gives us growers when we see other people become interested too. It is true that there is something magical about these plants.
So be careful for all of you people wanting to grow orchids because these plants are no ordinary house plants. Once you start, it’s virtually impossible to stop. And know that there will be others out there who will have the same passion as you do. So go on. Be addicted. I dare you!
Are you an orchid addict? How deep is your addiction? Leave us a comment.
And to feed your addiction, here are some must-have orchid care resources to add to your collection.