Orchids Are an Excellent, Easy-care Indoor Plant Choice
Outstanding new varieties of orchids are now in stock here at Stanley's. Create a focal point for your home with a delicate and colorful orchid. Orchids are easy to care for and can bloom all year. Come in to see our large selection!
Orchids Varieties We Typically Have in Stock
- The phalaenopsis orchid is the most commonly used orchid because of its ease of care and length of bloom. Nicknamed the "Moth Orchid", the bloomson the plant last for months . Phalaenopsis orchids can handle temperatures from 55 to 70 degrees, but like humidity from 50-75 percent. Using a water-filled tray of pebbles and misting the roots occasionally will help. Phalenopses do not need as much light as other orchid varieties such as cattelyas or oncidiums.
Care: Water phals early in the day and always wipe dry any water left on the leaves or in the crown of the plant (if left overnight this could lead to crownrot). Fertilize every two weeks when the plant is not in bloom. As the blooms all open, move the phal to an even lower light location. This will slow the plant down in growth and hold the blooms as long as possible. When all the blooms are gone, cut the bloom stalk back as close to where it joins the plant as possible. This will enable new buds to start building. Start feeding the plant every other time you water to initiate bud growth. Also up the light slightly. Water thoroughly and do not water again until the plant is nearly dry throughout the pot. Repotting is best in the spring.
- Oncidium orchids are known to be a spray-type orchid that even though the bloom is small the combination of blooms creates quite a spectacular display. There are different sections to the oncidium family as Miltassia, Burregeara, Colmanara, and Allcara. Plants can be large or small and produce large or small flowers with most falling somewhere in between. Color range can be varied but is more commonly yellow or pink/rose. What makes these orchids unique is the exotic markings. Some are sweetly fragrant and at least one popular hybrid has ahieved fame from its fragrance alone, the chocolate orchid callled Sherry Baby.
Care: Sufficient light is important for growth and flower production. Abundant air movement and 40-75 percent humidity. Whenever outside growing conditions are available, the plant will respond quicker to budding.
- Dendrobium is one of the largest families of orchids with around 1000 species. Dendrobiums are steady orchids that can add a focal point to any room without being too difficult to grow.Dendrobium orchids can produce sprays of long-lasting flowers several times a year. From large varieties to minatures, they require bright filtered light when growing.
Care: The ideal humidity for dendrobiums is between 50-75 percent. They should be watered and left to dry out before watering again.
- Vanda orchids are most commonly small plants with large flowers. Many vandas have a powerful fragrance. They come in a wide range of colors--from blue, yellow, orange, fushia, and purple--and have exotic markings.
Care: Vanda orchids need to be watered more often than the other orchids as they do not have the water storage capabilities that the others have. Vandas also like to be fed. They have aerial roots which make displaying in the home a bit of a challenge. Grow baskets are usually used. Humidity needs to be 70-90 percent with 25-30 percent filtered light.
- Cattleyas are among the most commonly grown orchid plants. Like most other orchids, Cattleyas are epiphytic, or air plants. They are accustomed to being dry at the root between watering and therefore, shoud be potted in a very porous, free-draining medium.
Care: Light is important to growing and blooming cattleyas, and they prefer 50-80 percent humidity. This can be provided at home by filling trays with gravel so that plants stand above the water. Fertilizer must be given on a regular schedule. Occasionally you might use a blossom booster (10-30-20) to make sturdy growths and promote healthy blooming. Feed every two weeks when plant is growing – taking care to flush with clear water once a month to prevent fertilizer salts build up.
- Paphiopedilum is one of the best orchids for home conditions, requiring only fairly bright light and normal conditions to provide some of the orchid kingdom's longest-lasting and most exotic blooms. Ladyslipper orchids can last eight to 10 weeks or more in bloom.
Care: Paphiopedilums prefer night temperatures from 55-60 degrees and daytime temperature of 70 to 85 F with humidity of 60 - 70 percent. Place a tray of moistened pebbles to help with humidity. Mature plants should never dry out between waterings. Fertilize regularly - although paphiopediums will grow and flower with less.
- One of the largest orchids, the Cymbidium orchids strap foliage is sometimes over 2 feet long and can be very rewarding to grow. The blooms are held on racks made up of about 9 or so blooms per stalk and come in a variety of colors: white, yellow, pink, red, and green. Like a few other orchids the cymbidium plant can stay in bloom up to 8 weeks.
Care: The cymbidium orchid can spike with blooms with cool night time temps. When you bring the orchid in from spending the summer in part sun/part shade exsistance outdoors, you can go to an extra room of the house and leave the heat off. Provide plenty of water even during the winter, this orchid likes to be submurged in water weekly when growing.