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6 Easy-to-Grow Orchids That Will Thrive in Your Home

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It just makes sense to buy orchids that will live happily in our homes. To that end, I have compiled a list of easy to grow orchids that make spectacular housemates. 

TOP 6 EASY TO GROW ORCHIDS

The purpose of this website is to help people, like you, to grow orchids in our homes without the necessity of a greenhouse. This means that I focus on the many amazing orchids that flourish in the same environment that we do. For example, I will not promote orchids that will shrivel up and die if they don’t receive 80% humidity. I call these easy to grow orchids that thrive in a typical home house happy orchids.

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Phalaenopsis

The easiest care orchid is the Phalaenopsis.  This orchid is readily available at most grocery stores.  And, little wonder, the blooms last for months and the stalk can be trimmed to encourage another spray of flowers.  Miniature varieties are power-packed with lots of flowers and usually multiple stalks.  These plants are happy in a bright, preferably east, window.  Before watering, let the plant almost dry out.  Keep indoor temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.  

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The glorious Phalaenopsis is the gateway drug to orchids. If you’d like to learn more about purchasing Phalaenopsis orchids online, click here.

 

Dendrobium

If you are looking for an orchid with lots of flowers, consider a Dendrobia Roy Tokunaga. These orchids are graced with white flowers heavily speckled with purple and darker lips.  The blooms will for three months, and each spike will bloom up to three times.  After the blooms are spent, simply cut just below the last flower and wait for more flowers.  Set this flowering powerhouse in an east window and water twice weekly when planting medium is almost dry.  

A couple of Dendrobium no-nos. First, they do not like to be re-potted. Only re-pot if you think you may lose the plant anyway. Second, they do not like wet feet. Do not leave in standing water.

Dendrobiums are a diverse variety of orchid with varied care requirements. Just be sure to talk to the vendor to be sure you are buying a Dendrobium that you can easily care for with your growing environment. To learn more about Dendrobium orchids, click here.dendrobium-house-happy-orchid

Dendrobiums are a diverse variety of orchid. If you’d like to give one a try, I’ve linked to an easy beginner Australian Dendrobium kingianum. Pictured above is a personal favorite Dendrobium Roy Tokunaga – another easy grower.

 

Brassia

If you are looking for an easy to grow orchid that will fill the room with aromatic flowers, you’ve found it in the Brassia. This flower is also called the spider orchid because the long, slender sepals resemble a spider. Water frequently when in bloom and less frequently when resting between bloom periods.  These orchids, like most others, prefer bright indirect light–such as that found in an east window. A south or west window will also work if you have a sheer curtain to diffuse the light. 

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The Brassia is an easy to grow orchid that blooms and reblooms like nobody’s business. BONUS: this orchid has a lovely fragrance. For more information on buying Brassia orchids online, click here.

 

Paphiopedilum

The Paphiopedilum, or the lady’s slipper, is the most rewarding orchid I’ve grown. I love watching the large, unique bud slowly open. The large lip is extraordinary.  These orchids have lower light requirements and can be grown in any window. Be sure to hang a sheer curtain if growing in a south-facing window.

There are many orchids that like to dry out between watering; the Paphiopedilum is not one of them.  Keep your plant evenly moist.  This is something that will come with practice. Unlike most orchids, the Paphiopedilum is semi-terrestrial and takes re-potting well. I love my Paphiopedilum; it’s totally exotic!

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If you don’t have a lot of light, grow a Paphiopedilum These easy to grow orchids doesn’t mind repotting and blooms once a year and many varieties have lovely dappled leaves. To check out online buying options for a Paphiopedilum, click here.

 

Cymbidiums

If you want large flowers, go with a Cymbidium. These orchids are characterized by a profusion of large flowers and long, grass-like leaves. While writing this, mine has 4 flower spikes in bloom with 1 more on the way. Depending on the size of your plant, several bloom spikes will grow at once. Like the Paphiopedilum listed above, cymbidiums are semi-terrestrial.

Most Cymbidiums available at the grocery store are the cold flowering variety.  That’s why they are often seen at Christmas time.  This is important when it comes to re-blooming.  A drop in temperature is vital to trigger re-blooming.  These plants can be brought outdoors for the summer and can stay out until the temperature drops down into the 40s.  Be sure to bring it in before it freezes! Once indoors, the more light you can provide this baby the better. Enjoy the flowers in the winter, and, if you wish, bring it back outside in the summer.

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Cymbidiums are easy to grow orchids and easy to bloom if you remember one thing: make sure it gets a winter rest with temperatures down in the 40s F/4.4-7 C. This is a link for a Cymbidium without such extreme temperature requirements. For Cymbidium online buying options, click here.

 

Oncidium

There are many varieties of oncidiums. To be extra confident that the Oncidium is house happy, my suggestion is to ask-before-you-buy. Ask the seller if the variety you are interested in buying will thrive in your home or if it is better suited for the greenhouse.

My Oncidium, pictured below, sits in an east-facing window where it receives bright, but indirect light. I bought this orchid from Trader Joe’s. The tag identified it only as an “exotic orchid,” so I can’t be sure of the exact variety. There is one thing I am sure of: the lovely fragrance is very floral. There are other varieties such as ‘Sharry Baby’ that has become famous among orchid enthusiasts for its chocolate aroma. Another Oncidium with a vanilla scent is ‘Twinkle. 

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The fragrance from an Oncidium will fill a room. Some varieties will bloom more than once a year. For chocolate-smelling flowers try, ‘sharry baby’ and for a vanilla fragrance, try ‘twinkle’.

To read another article about Oncidium orchids, click here.

 

Your Turn

Now that you have some suggestions on easy to grow orchids, the next step is to select the healthiest plants. Check out my post on choosing an orchid.

Have you had success with these or any other indoor varieties? We, orchid enthusiasts, are always willing to try something new.

Bonus: To get you started, here’s helpful information about specific types of orchids, including amazing photos and care tips. To learn more, click here.

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17 Comments
  1. Beautiful photos and very useful information!

    1. Anna says:

      Thanks Tammy!

  2. Wendy Smith says:

    Thanks, Anna! I love orchids, but don’t know much…until now. So helpful. My lady slippers just finished blooming. They have survived for years on neglect.

    Wendy

    1. Anna says:

      Wendy, Many orchids die from too much attention, aka too much water. Your approach is working well.

  3. Nancy Tuttle says:

    Anna,

    I just bought an orchid with a ton of small blooms. It looks like an Oncidium. It’s just gorgeous as it happily blooms in my living room.
    Thanks for helping me figure out what I have!

    Nancy

  4. Laura says:

    I love your pictures! They are so beautiful! Do you have suggested suppliers? Maybe an online source? I don’t know if I’ve see any other than the Phalaenopsis at stores near me.
    Thanks!

    1. Anna says:

      Thanks Laura! That is a great question. I have purchased online from The Orchid Gallery through Amazon. I placed the order on a Monday and received the orchid the next Wednesday. I was very pleased with the packaging. The orchid also came with care instructions and an additional hand-written note on when to re-pot. I was very pleased and don’t have reservations about recommending them. Here is the link: http://amzn.to/2pw3ko8

  5. Thank you for all of your information about Orchids. It was very interesting and I plan to come and see you again. You answered a lot questions for me today. Thank you very much!!! See you soon.

    1. Anna says:

      Solange,
      Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad I could help. Let me know if you have any questions.
      Anna

  6. Chris Logan says:

    Thank you Anne ,i just lots a lot of my orchid in cyclone Debbie ,could you please tell me where i can get seeds for the orchid with all the monkey face n all the other funny orchid i just love to grow some , I would realy love it if you can tell me if anybody you know if you can help me .Thank you so much for evering you have told me about orchids ,Chris Logan

    1. Anna says:

      Chris,
      I am so sorry to hear your orchids were destroyed in hurricane Debbie.
      Here is an Amazon link to purchase orchid seeds.

      I have never grown orchids from seed, so I would love to hear how it goes.

      If you purchase through this link, I may receive a commission.

      Monkey Face Orchid Seed

      Warm regards,
      Anna

  7. Gint says:

    Hi Anna,
    Your articles are very interesting and informative. Thank you for this. I overwatered my few Phalaenopsis Orchids and now they are re-potted with a new media. However, they don’t have much roots left. The main core seems alright and don’t have major damages. Could you please advise how to propagate new roots? What do you think about creating a microclimate with a clear plastic Bag? Thank you! 👏

    1. Anna says:

      Gint,
      Creating a micro-climate with a clear, plastic bag can be very helpful as it will raise the humidity levels and help the plant grow more roots. You could also use a root stimulating fertilizer.
      Also, thank you for your kind words!
      Have a lovely day!
      Anna

  8. Joan says:

    What do I do with the roots growing outside of the pot when repotting?

    1. Anna says:

      Joan,
      Air roots do best if they are left as air roots -as they become adapted to growing in the air. But, you still have to be practical. If it is easier to pot them up when re-potting, pot them up. It can be tricky to tease out the air roots. The main thing is just to be gentle with them and try not to break them. I am facing the same issue with several of my orchids right now. I have a few that are growing in ceramic pots with holes and the roots have gone crazy, pushing in and out every hole. I hope I don’t have to break the pot to free the orchid…
      Best of luck to both of us,
      Anna

  9. Mike Omerzu says:

    Have several other orchid rebooking and growing reported twice in excellent health
    The there’ s Blc. Yen Surprise ‘Seiko’.
    Slow death stalk by stalk.. Leaves turn yellow then stalk. They have the same sun, watered weekly and drained, fertilized once a month just like the others. On same porch in central Florida generally 80+%.
    What am I doing wrong?

    1. Anna says:

      Mike,
      I would check the roots. It sounds like your cattleya may be overwatered – which may indicate that the potting medium has broken down since your other orchids are thriving.
      I’m feeling a little jealous that you live in a climate so conducive to growing orchids!
      Best,
      Anna

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