How to Grow and Care for Orchids
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Is it Orchid Types Or Species?

Although there are many species and hybrids of orchids, there are actually two types of orchids. One type of orchid is the terrestrial orchid species growing on the soil. And the other type of orchid is epiphytic orchids that grow on trees, rocks or posts.

The species of terrestrial orchids are among the most popular orchids. Although terrestrial orchids have roots that grow beneath the surface, like most other types of plants, some are semi-terrestrial orchid. This means they have both underground and aerial roots. Cymbidium orchids are a terrestrial orchid that has 40 species and thousands of hybrids. They were one of the first species of orchids have been grown. These orchids are an excellent example of ground orchis, but can also grow on trees and rocks. They grow well in the bulk humus of decayed wood or rotting leaves. Cymbidium orchids can be found in their natural habitat, which are areas of southern Asia to Japan and can also be found in Australia. Cymbidium orchids are popular because they are easy to grow and are a perfect choice for beginners. Moreover, with proper care, offering beautiful flowers each year.

 The term epiphytic is not really restricted to a particular type of orchid. It is any plant that has a root system from the ground. Dendrobium is the most famous of epiphytic orchids. Although they are easy to grow, they require little more care than Cymbidium and does not flower as easily on a regular basis. There are over 1,000 species of them. They exist in their natural tropical conditions in northern India, Southeast Asia, Australia and Polynesia. Because they are in tropical conditions, Dendrobium thrive in warm, moist growing conditions. They should be kept moist. Another popular type of epiphyte is the Phalaenopsis orchid.They are easy to grow, and flowers throughout it's life. It is often seen at weddings and is available in different colors, including pink, yellow, and even bands.

 Epiphytic orchids grow on structures such as trees. Although they grow on the tree, they can not feed on the tree. They cling by their roots fleshy branches or bark of trees. Organic substances that accumulate in the roots and branches are used as a nutrient for plants. The roots of epiphytic orchids may also maintain the plant during wet periods and dry. The tough, fibrous core of the root is surrounded by a spongy-white envelope that can absorb water easily. When it rains, this cover absorbs moisture. When fully saturated, it becomes bright green. The roots of orchids to retain moisture and gradually release to the plant tissue. There are also some species of epiphytic orchids that cling to rocks. When they are hung on trees or rocks, epiphytes grow in filtered light and always in an open, airy situation.

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