The Beauty Of The Orchid Behind Its Fickle Nature

28Jul 2016

growing orchids

The orchid has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the most notable and recognisable flowers around the globe. It is a beloved flower that comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. Here are some interesting facts about this flower:

•    Not all orchids come from the ground - Some of these flowers are considered ‘air plants’, as they can be found growing on trees.

•    There are many kinds of orchids - It is estimated that there are around 25 000 types of orchids in the world. Some of them only grow in certain countries.

•    All orchids share a similar structure - Two regular petals and one that is called the ‘lip’ make the flower of the orchid.

•    Orchids don’t reproduce easily - All orchids require bees, insects and birds to spread their pollen and reproduce.

•    Hybrid orchids occur in nature - when a pollinator spreads pollen from one orchid type to a different one, it is possible to create a hybrid orchid.

•    Orchids don’t grow well in gardens - Orchids in the wild meet specific conditions, such as partnership with fungi and other plants.

•    Orchids can be produced in greenhouse settings - Presently, orchids can grow under strictly controlled conditions and special preparatory process for the seeds.

Orchids are without a doubt some of the most intriguing flowers in nature. They are so rare that they are actually protected by law in most countries and picking one is considered a violation of said laws.

These flowers are representation of nature’s finest plants - able to grow in specific areas and not in the average garden. If you happen to see one, don’t pick it up - it might be the only one remaining in that area!

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