With literally thousands of orchid types to choose from, how can you pick the one that’s right for you?
Above all, the most important thing to consider is how well your new plant is going to adapt to the environment you’re able to give it.
To help you in choosing a plant that’s especially well-suited to YOU, here’s a “Top 10” rundown of the most popular types of orchids.
Cattleya: Cattleya orchids are perfect for you if you’ll be growing them in areas with a lot of natural light such as the Midwestern United States or Central or South America. These plants reward their orchid growers with an extravagant display of colorful blooms. They seem to be sending back out the very sun they soak up.
Phalaenopsis: Phalaenopsis orchids, or “moth orchids”, are ever popular among beginner growers because they’re one of the most resilient and sturdy orchid types out there. They can survive many of the inevitable beginner’s mistakes that would kill less hearty plants, and their blossoms put on a great show to boot.
Vandas: Vandas are one of those orchid types that does best in a hanging basket rather than a closed-in pot. While all orchids like to have sufficient aeration around their roots, these types absolutely crave it.
Dendrobiums: Dendrobiums are popular because they’re relatively easy to care for, and also come in a huge variety of shapes and colors. A good “all-purpose” orchid, dendrobiums can produce some of the most impressive blossoms of any orchid with relatively minimal maintenance.
Paphiopedilum: Paphiopedilum orchids are quite interesting. They tend to produce only a single blossom per plant, but the blossom is of such elegance and vibrancy that you have to see it to believe it! This unique quality makes the paphiopedilum a very popular orchid type.
Oncidiums: Oncidiums are one of the most diverse orchid types. They come in more than a thousand different variations of shapes, sizes, and colors. If you can support the environmental needs of an oncidium (ask your orchid supplier for the exact requirements depending on type), then you can certainly find a style that matches your desires.
Miltonia: Miltonias are orchids that reward you with a warm and pleasant fragrance in addition to the visual splendor of the flower. While all orchids have some kind of scent, the scent is the focus with Miltonias. This makes them perfect for indoor growing!
Phragmipedium: Phragmipedium orchids are interesting in that they are one of the few orchids to produce vibrant flowers in an intermediate environment. You see, normally it is the extremes of climate that produce the most interesting colors. But this type of orchid is great for you if you have a temperate and mild climate but desire bright blossoms.
Odontoglossum: Odontoglossums are recommended for you if you’re going to do your growing in an orchid greenhouse or if you can keep the humidity high enough in your home for them to thrive. These plants are relatively easy to care for and produce massive beautiful blooms. Treat them right!
Cymbidium: Cymbidium orchids always put on a show whether or not they’re in bloom thanks to their long thin leaves. These leaves, which sometimes reach up to four feet in length, can provide a stunning cascade effect that makes this orchid type very popular indeed.
Now after evaluating your environment and what you can provide, use this handy list of orchid types to choose your next orchid plant.
And to discover even more about the most popular orchids, download my totally FREE 5-Day Orchid Insider training course by going here: Orchid Care.