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Orchid Facts for the Trivia Lover in You

Because orchids are SO FASCINATING

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orchid fun facts

We prize orchids because of their exquisite, lasting flowers, but their beauty is not their only asset.  Read on for fun facts about orchids!

Orchid Facts

You already know that orchid are the most amazing flowers, but here are 5 more reasons to love orchids. In all honesty I don’t think there is any other flower that can even begin to compete with the virtues of our beloved orchid.

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1. Hypoallergenic

Do you have allergies?  Well, you have found your flower in orchids because they are great for people with allergies!  Orchid pollen is not airborne, rather, it is stored in a waxy substance, called a pollen packet.  This packet will stick to the pollinator that will then deliver the packet to another orchid.  What this means to you and me is that orchids are easy to live with. Orchids make a thoughtful gift for anyone (ourselves included).  

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2. Diverse Habitats

Not all orchids are rainforest natives.  In fact, Minnesota’s state flower is the pink and white lady’s slipper, the Cypripedium reginae.  Another variety, commonly called the bog orchid grows in most US states and Canada.

3.Variety

With over 30,000 orchid species and thousands of registered crosses, orchids can vary greatly.  There are far more orchid species than what we see at the grocery store!  Those usually found at the grocery store are called Phalaenopsis.  I love phals because their flowers can last for months. They are house happy and, if properly cared for (allowing for a rest period) will re-bloom indefinitely.  Miniature Phalaenopsis are becoming more and more available.  

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The exciting part is that we aren’t limited to Phalaenopsis.  Paphiopedilum (paff-ee-oh-PED-ih-lum)  (I love saying that!),  nicknamed lady’s slipper, is another beautiful, and forgiving, house-happy orchid.  Brassia is another hardy variety that will bloom repeatedly, and, as a bonus, has a delightful scent!

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4. Chocolate

Speaking of scents, did you know there is such a thing as a scented chocolate orchid? Check out Oncidium ‘Sharry Baby’.  Being in a room with one of these orchids is like unwrapping your favorite chocolate bar.  The scent is heavenly delicious–and they’re calorie free!

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5. Resilience

Despite their finicky reputation, orchids are, in reality, easy to grow.  Phalaenopsis orchids have been hybridized not only for long lasting flowers, but also for plants that can take a bit of a beating.  Many varieties, such as Brassia, Phalaenopsis and Dendrobium will bloom for months.  After periods of too much love, aka too much water, or neglect, an extended drought, orchids will usually rebound.  In fact, stress, such as a drop in temperature, can encourage some orchids to flower.

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A line from the movie The Perfect Man  says:

 Have you ever seen an orchid; how it floats in the water, so delicate and beautiful? When a woman gets an orchid; it’s, well she feels like she’s floating on a cloud of infinite possibility…

I love the feeling of infinite possibility that orchids share! Orchids have grace, and they’re tough, like us!

Orchids won’t make you sneeze. These beauties refused to be pigeon-holed as tropical plants.  There are thousands and thousands of orchid species and hybrids, They can smell like chocolate. They can be tough as nails. And that’s a fact!

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