Orchid Care Basics

Welcome to everything you ever wanted to know about orchids and more!

The orchid family, Orchidaceae, is the largest flowering plant family on earth with about 880 genera and 28,000 species. It is also one of the oldest plant families, developing about 125 million years ago. To put that into perspective, that means that orchids existed with the dinosaurs! Orchids look exotic and are so diverse because they have had so much time to evolve. There are orchids of every color, every fragrance, every size, and every shape imaginable.

Growing orchids can be as simple as placing a potted Phalaenopsis orchid on your kitchen table or as involved as planning a greenhouse for your 1,000 plus orchid collection. Most of us are somewhere in between. In any case, it is important to have accurate information to know how to care for your orchids under varying conditions.

This section will provide you with everything you ever wanted to know about caring for orchids.

It is also important to know how varying growth conditions can affect your orchids. Click on the links below to explore 4 possible growth scenarios.