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Show #15/2802.Tropical Plants

Orchids Are A Great Houseplant

TODAY ORCHIDS CAN BE FOR EVERYONE. Although most of us can't grow Mangoes or Avocados, most everyone can grow or enjoy Orchids. Today they're readily available and there are thousands of species and it's believed there are thousands that have yet to be discovered. Considering the way they're propagated today and the many places they're sold there is no reason we all shouldn't be growing Orchids. Karen had a fear of growing Orchids, thinking they were difficult to grow. She received several Orchids as gifts, when they stopped blooming she didn't want to throw them away so put them on the side of her house and forgot about them for months. One day she went outside to that part of her yard and they were blooming. She thought that if anything can survive neglect and is anxious to live they can't be that hard to grow. That's how she became interested in Orchids. The Phalaenopsis is a very easy Orchid to grow. It's readily available all around the country. They can be grown indoors or outdoors. It has a great bloom, many are quite large and the blooms last 6 to 8 weeks minimally. They can be trimmed and they'll actually bloom again. Thus the little plant can be in bloom much of the year. They thrive in semi shade and can be grown indoors as long as they get some light. Water them once a week, they're easy. It's harder to grow African Violets than an Orchid. Even if the Orchids were to bloom only for 6 to 8 weeks compared to cut flowers where one might spend say, $20 and they last 2 or 3 weeks at the most, it's still a bargain. Here one spends less than that and gets a minimum of 6 weeks of bloom. And, if taken care of Orchids will most likely bloom longer and they will come back. Orchids really are for everybody.


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