ORCHIDS FOR BEGINNERS
By Janice Aulisio VCE Southside Master Gardener Orchids exhibit a delicate beauty and are long blooming whether they are full sized or mini orchids. Many people believe they are finicky and difficult to grow, but many of them are just as easy as your average houseplant. They will retain their blooms for two to three months and then have green leaves for the rest of the year till they bloom again in the spring. They make a stunning decorative touch to any room in your house. Start with an “easy” orchid (and very pretty) such as moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) which come in many different colors and patterns and they are also available in a mini size. Both do well in the home environment. Eighty percent sold in the U.S. are of this type and are the least expensive. These are the ones sold in most garden centers and nurseries especially now around Easter and Mother’s Day.