Orchids are an excellent, easy-care plant choice for yourself or as a gift.
Outstanding new varieties of orchids are now in stock here at Stanley's. Create a focal point for your home with a delicate and colorful orchid. Orchids are easy to care for and can bloom any time of the year. Come into the greenhouse to check our selection of beauties!
Orchid Varieties We Typically Have in Stock
The phalaenopsis orchid is the most popular and commonly seen orchid because of its ease of care and length of bloom which can last for months. Phalaenopsis orchids can handle temperatures from 55 to 70 degrees, but like humidity from 50-75 percent. Using a water-filled tray of pebbles and misting the roots occasionally will help in the winter. Phalenopses do not need as much light as other orchid varieties such as cattelyas or oncidiums.
Even though the blooms of oncidium orchids are small, their prolific number of blooms create quite a spectacular display. The oncidium family of spray-type orchids include the Miltassia, Burregeara, Colmanara, and Allcara varieties. Plants can be large or small and produce large or small flowers with most falling somewhere in between. Color range can be varied but is usually yellow or pink/rose. What makes these orchids unique is their exotic markings. Some are sweetly fragrant and at least one popular hybrid has achieved fame from its fragrance alone, the “chocolate” orchid called Sherry Baby.
Dendrobium is one of the largest families of orchids with around 1000 species. These reliable orchids that can add a focal point to any room without being too difficult to grow. Dendrobiums can produce sprays of long-lasting flowers several times a year. From large varieties to minatures, they require bright filtered light when growing.
Vanda orchids are most commonly small plants with large flowers. Many vandas have a powerful fragrance. They come in a wide range of colors from blue, yellow, orange, fuchsia, and purple and have exotic markings.
Cattleyas are among the most commonly grown orchid plants due to their extravagant fragrance. These are also the orchids used for women’s corsages. Like most other orchids, Cattleyas are epiphytic, or air plants. They are accustomed to being dry at the root between watering and therefore, should be potted in a very porous, free-draining medium.
Paphiopedilum is one of the best orchids for home conditions, requiring only fairly bright light and normal conditions to provide some of the orchid kingdom's longest-lasting and most exotic blooms. Ladyslipper orchids can last eight to 10 weeks or more in bloom.
Although cymbidiums are some of the largest orchids and can have foliage that reaches over 2 feet long, it can be very rewarding to grow. The blooms are held on racks made up of about nine or so blooms per stalk and come in a variety of colors: white, yellow, pink, red, and green. Like a few other orchids, the cymbidium plant can stay in bloom up to 8 weeks.
For more information about orchids, check out our How to Care for Orchids blogpost on the Ideas You Can Use page.