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Fall for Orchids

Orchids are among the most spectacular of all flowering plants! Available in a myriad of colors, shapes and sizes there is an orchid for everyone. They range in size from a two-inch plant that can sit in the palm of your hand to five-foot giants. Some can be fragrant with luscious scents of citrus, raspberry, lilacs, coconut and even chocolate. No matter your preference, the beauty of the flower is undeniable.

Never grown an orchid before, no worries. Orchids make an ideal beginner plant and are relatively easy to grow given the right care. Because individual orchids have so many different growing requirements, it is important that you get detailed care information for your certain type of orchid, since the care can greatly vary depending on the type you have. For example, Cymbidium orchids prefer cooler weather, so be sure it is kept in a cool place year-round. Moth Orchids enjoy light so find a place near a bright window.

It’s all about getting a quality plant with the correct advice, and the McDonald Garden Center staff can help you select and advise you on the best way to encourage your plant to flourish for many years to come. McDonald Garden Center has one of the largest collections of orchids in Hampton Roads! Here are four you may like to consider:

Phalaeonopsis – also known as Moth Orchids, are thick-leaved plants with elegant, arching sprays of blooms that can be seen in many designer magazines and sitting on coffee tables across America. Color range includes whites, pinks, lavenders and yellows in both solid colors and mixes of stripes and spots, with blooms lasting as long as three months. Phalaenopsis are low-light orchids and will thrive in an east window, or a shaded southerly or westerly exposure.

Cymbidiums – produce large, attractive flowers that come in a rainbow of colors and are one of the most popular and desirable orchids in the world because of their beautiful flowers. These orchids make great houseplants, and are also popular in floral arrangements and corsages. Cymbidiums typically bloom once a year during winter and spring seasons, with blooms lasting for about four weeks. A few hours of weak morning sunlight and shady afternoons are ideal for this variety.

Dendrobiums – possess a long bamboo-like stem loaded with flowers and comes in a wonderful array of colors from white to purple, pink, and even green. This orchid loves the heat and will grow quickly throughout the summer. When choosing a spot for your Dendrobium, select a place in medium to bright light. These plants like strong, natural sunlight;.

Paphiopedilums – also known as the lady slipper, this is an excellent plant for the beginner, since it is among the easiest and most rewarding orchids to grow. Due to their waxy or lacquered appearance, they are often mistaken as being artificial. The blooms are available in broad array of colors, shapes and sizes with flowers lasting anywhere from one to three months. Place this orchid in or near a sunny window.

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