Orchid – Hyacinth Orchid – Urn Orchid

Orchid – Hyacinth Orchid – Urn Orchid – plant care guide

Orchid – Hyacinth Orchid – Urn Orchid

Bletilla Striata, commonly urn orchid, is a temperate, terrestrial genus of orchids native of South-Asia. Orchids, Family: Orchidaceae are one of the most beautiful flowers around due to their large, crisp colors & long-lasting blooms usually found in white, purple, magenta, pink and yellow hues. They are often given as gifts to new parents as they symbolize fertility, love, and elegance.

Phalaenopsis (moth orchid), dendrobium, and oncidium are some famous varieties that bloom twice a year and lasts for more than a month. The Family: Orchidaceaehas has more than 880 varieties and over 21,000 species. Hybrids have been created by crossing different species to get desirable properties such as color, flower size, fragrance, and ease of care. Most tropical-orchids live as epiphytes or “air plants” in the wild, hanging on to trees for support, getting nutrients from decaying organic matter.
.Although the exact growing conditions vary with the species, In general Orchids prefer a lot of bright, indirect & filtered light and can be easily grown indoors under growth lights. They might not bloom properly if there’s insufficient lighting. However, direct sunlight should be avoided as it might burn the leaves.

Most orchids require nutrient-rich & fast-draining soil. Wood bark or moss based soil with a mix of rocks, cork, charcoal, sand, potting soil, should be used. Being epiphytes, they require shallow planting, as deep planting roots might lead to rot. They have thick stems called “pseudobulbs” which allows them to store and hold water for long dry periods in the forest. Allow soil to dry out between waterings.

Orchids thrive in tropical conditions, thus humidity above 50% is recommended, especially when kept indoors misting or using a humidifier works wonders. Fertilizing during new plant growth is suggested and repotting every second year promotes blooming. Most varieties are non-poisonous for pets, but some could be toxic. 

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