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Orchids - Beauty and Care

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Orchids are some of the most beautiful flowers I've ever had the joy to experience. However, I've always been intimidated by the elegant flower because of the care I imagined they needed. It is true that some orchids need very specialized care, but those that are classified in the temperate species can often be found at nurseries and grown in personal greenhouses or even homes. A few of these orchids are:
  • Ophrys apifera (Bee Orchid)
  • Gymnadenia conopsea (Fragrant Orchid)
  • Anacamptis pyramidalis (Pyramidal Orchid)
Anacamptis pyramidalis orchid
  • Dactylorhiza fuchsii (Common Spotted Orchid)
Dactylorhiza fuchsii orchid

If you're like me and can kill a houseplant with just a look, consider bringing orchids into the home for decorating. The plant has several flower buds which will open over a few weeks time and can continue blooming for months. How's that for a lasting live decorative accent?

As with any plants, the threat of insects is real even when grown in the safety of an enclosed and well lit greenhouse. One such aggravating pest is the aphid. Especially during winter months, aphids attack the young shoots and are also found on flower buds. As long as there are only a few of these pests, they can be removed manually or killed by spraying with a soapy water mixture.

Growing orchids to enjoy in the home is well worth the effort. These elegant flowers will add not only long lasting beauty, but also brighten the room with their colors and mystery. Ahh, we all love the magic of mystery.

"Take the bitter with the sweet."
~American Proverb~

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