With its full and boldly colored (and often multicolored petals) the orchid is one of the most beautiful plants on Earth. Their popularity across the globe has spawned many hybrids varieties. Orchids are the largest family of plants in the world with more than 30,000 different species. At least a third of them can be found specifically in the tropics.
Orchids are often associated with Hawaiian leis or elegant hotel lobby center pieces or even a fancy wedding and can be very expensive. These days however, you can find your everyday “garden variety” in most supermarkets of even Ikea. The Moth Orchid more commonly known as the Phalaenopsis orchid is very affordable and easier to grow and take care than you might think. No need for a green house or temperature specific climate. The hardy plants will adjust and grow just about anywhere!
If you enjoy the amazing colors of this plant you can pick them up for as little a ten dollars. While they can be a little finicky, the care of them are simple. Most come in a disposable starter pot or container. When the petals die and fall people often throw the plant out thinking it is dead. It’s not. If placed in a sunny window or well-lit area the bloom can last up to a month and sometimes longer. Depending on the size of the plant it requires about a quarter of a cup of water per week. I recommend putting it in the kitchen sink and let the cool water soak the bark of the plant when you first get the plant. Adding a few drops of liquid orchid food at each watering will give it extra nutrients.