Did you that orchids are actually the most diverse family of flowering plants in the world?
There are a few varieties which are most commonly grown. We’ll help you to differentiate between these.
Phalaenopsis are the most common orchid sold today. They tend to have large, broad leaves that are produced from the crown of the plant. Phalaenopsis produce flowers in a wide range of colors on a long stem which can bloom for several months at a time.
Cattleyas are the orchids whose flower you typically see on a formal corsage. They typically produce 1 to 2 leathery leaves per stem on multiple stems, depending how old the plant is. New growth is produced at the base of stems with the plant growing along the soil line. Cattleya blooms last for several weeks, and they may be in a cluster of a few large flowers or several smaller ones.
Dendrobiums are typically more upright and grow taller than Phalaenopsis or Cattleya. They generally produce leaves along tall cane-like stems and can produce multiple stems of flowers at the same time.
Vandas can produce 30 or more symmetrical leaves, alternating along a central stem that can be in constant flower.
Paphiopedilum are often called the “Lady Slipper” Orchid because their flower resembles a lady’s slipper.
For more information, including identification of other types of orchids, click on the tab labeled “Orchid Varieties.”
Click here to watch our video on common types of orchids.