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12 Incredible Orchid Facts That No One Ever Told You Before

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12 Incredible Orchid Facts That No One Ever Told You Before

12 Incredible Fun Orchid Facts That You Need To See Immediately:

  1. Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants.
    They have also been around the longest as they are one of the oldest flowers in existence. Since varieties of orchids are found all over the world, it’s accepted that orchids were in existence prior to the separation of the continents.
  2. There are more than 25,000 documented orchid species throughout the world.
    This means the number of orchids on the planet is four times the number of birds and four times the number of mammals! That’s A LOT of orchids!!
  3. Although generally thought of as a tropical plant, orchids grow on every continent.
    From the Arctic Circle to the southernmost jungle (except Antarctica). They’re valued and thought of as beautiful across continents and cultures with varying meanings and customs surrounding their existence.
  4. The smallest orchid is the size of a dime.
    This amazing orchid is small enough to fit in a doll house!
  5. The vanilla orchid (and its vanilla bean) is the only commercially grown orchid crop (Vanilla planifolia).
    Orchids yummy enough to eat and cook with!
  6. Orchids have the tiniest seeds in the world.
    This makes them a challenge to grow and cultivate. They take forever to sprout and actually turn into a plant! Growing orchids from seeds is only for the patient and very green-thumbed.
  7. There can be up to 3 million seeds in a single orchid seedpod.
    You’ll never see them though, they are the size of a speck of dust and are only visible under a microscope. Part of the reason for their small size is that they lack an endosperm and have no nutrients within. They require contact with a particular fungus to germinate and grow. We find this fact particularly interesting!
  8. It takes patience to grow an orchid.
    The plant’s first flowers won’t appear until at least 5 to 7 years after germination. The houseplants you find in stores are often a decade old. From duck to swan!
  9. Some orchid flowers bloom for mere hours, while others last up to half a year.
    Phaleanopsis orchids are versatile enough to last in a cut flower arrangement longer than most. That’s why we like Phalaenopsis orchids the best!
  10. Orchid flowers always grow upside down when mature.
    The orchid can have enough blooms to be heavy enough for the orchid to hang down. Gravity always wins!
  11. Orchid plants can live to be up to 100 years old.
    Who said orchids are hard to grow??
  12. Orchids have become one of the most popular houseplants of all time. 

We would like to think that all or our customers have at least one phalaenopsis orchid plant in their home to enjoy. We get to enjoy a whole greenhouse of Phalaenopsis Orchids .
How many orchid plants do you have in your home?

Adapted from Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens.  and http://mamiverse.com/orchids-facts-59621/

Aneta Zurawski

Aneta is your "go-to" person here at Plainview who will answer your questions on how to best care for your gorgeous new Plainview Growers plant. She wears many hats, and serves as our photographer, plant stylist and nascent flower blogger.

9 Comments
  • Posted at 2:20 PM, November 18, 2015

    I have about 30 orchids -and one vanda orchid. I purchase a lot to bring back to life. I love watching them grow. Have new leafs but no bloom stems yet. Gotta love them.

  • MARY-GRACE DUFFY
    Reply
    Posted at 2:51 PM, February 7, 2017

    Last December I went orchid crazy. Purchased several orchids from a home improvement store others from a super market and around Christmas I was at Lowe’s and purchased two more, and the dollar amount was higher, but very attractive and had this strange looking piece of wood in them. I changed media on all my orchids and wanted to create a center piece for my table. Well, all lost their flowers and some just died except the two I bought from Lowe’s, it is now the beginning of February and they still have all their flowers. Today I went looking for the instructions that came with the plants and found this web site printed on the instructions and I want to say thank you. I will certainly look for this grower orchids in the future. I mentioned Lowe’s since this is not on your list of places to buy. Definitely look for this company went buying orchids well worth the extra $$$.

  • Mary Worthy
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    Posted at 3:01 PM, February 12, 2017

    Just bought one of your color infused purple orchid. I have a number of orchids but this is the most vivid orchid I have ever seen. Was a little pricy but is covered with many buds. I wanted to know when it blooms again next year what color might I expect it to be.

  • Posted at 2:34 PM, February 20, 2017
  • Lucinda Ashman
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    Posted at 7:19 AM, May 9, 2017

    I received my first Plainview orchid at Easter this year 2017. It is so beautiful in color (purples) and looks to be healthy. I really want to make it survive and so far I’ve lost two flowers. How often do flowers fall off? I have moved it to another location. I’ve watered it twice since Easter. Most of my worry comes from watering it. Some tell me to use ice cubes therefore I would not overwater. One a week they say. This was not mentioned on your instructions. Thank you for your help.

  • Deb
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    Posted at 7:46 AM, May 26, 2017

    My husband bought me 2 of the most beautiful green orchids in a ceramic pot, for my Birthday which is the day after St. Patrick’s Day. They lost their blooms n the stem died, but the leaves are still green n at the top of the soil a whitish green thing is sprouting what is it? Should I repot them in a pot that has drainage or are they dead n I should just throw them away? We went by the instructions! This really hurt me, because my Daughter has had hers for 5yrs. n have never lost a bloom. Her friend raises them n she told Teresa every few mos. put 3 ice cubes in them. This bothers me, Teresa has a “Black Thumb” when it comes to flowers. Hopefully you can help me!!

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