Moth Orchid Color Varieties
The Moth Orchid comes in a multitude of colors
The Moth Orchid comes in a multitude of shapes and colours. We have managed to keep several beautiful examples alive for several years now. In the past trying to keep these plants at home was almost impossible.
The much loved white moth orchid favoured by brides, is often the focal point of the wedding ceremony as it represents purity.
From the deep blues to the striking bright reds, and just about every other conceivable colour in between. There is a perfect orchid for every occasion. Hybrid cultivators have added to the choice available.
There are approximately 30,000+ varieties globally. There is a flower for every occasion. Due to the widespread adoption of central heating it is now possible to grow these delicate and expensive plants at home in colder climates; like the UK.
Of the 60 or so varieties in common cultivation, there are several plants that have similarities, in terms of the shape of the flower heads.
The Phalaenopsis Group
The term Phalaenopsis (pronounced phonetically fael a nop sis (my phonic) is a neo latin word from the Greek for forum, looks like, or just 'alike types.' In this case, flowers that 'look like moths'in general.
The [Phalaenopsis orchid] 'looks like' a Moth in flight. It is part of a group of flowers that share these common characteristics. The reason for the long winded introduction, is because the term hasn't been around long.
Many dictionaries do not even carry a definition for this term. ' Phalaenopsis Orchid ' Without wanting to get into the whole naming process that goes on the scientific community.
Suffice it to say, it takes a long time to name anything in science. It doesn't detract from the beauty of these incredible plants.
Infra Red Image
On the naming of flowers. (Phalaenopsis)
Do not worry I am not going to name each flower. With over 30,000 known types it would take all afternoon. They are mostly found in the tropics and survive in a variety of habitats from tropical rain forests to dry parched deserts.
This wide variety is both natural, and the results of hybridization by gardeners, and specialized flower producing companies.
When it comes to classifying plants and animals. We tend to lump together things that look alike.
For example. if we think of dogs we can say they all share some common characteristics. Four legs, A Tail, Similar Jaw bones and teeth to name a few of these characteristics.
When we consider that there far less dog breeds, compared to the over 30,000 varieties.
Lumping things together because they look alike has it's drawbacks. Consider the eel, it is a form of fish. Yet it looks like a snake. A snake of course is a reptile.
They look similar but are not related at all? You can see where naming something can become tricky?
These beautiful flowers common characteristics are, their petals that look like Moth's wings, The stigma also resembles the body of some moths.
The Force Of Attraction
Many insects see in a much wider range of the light spectrum than we humans. Some flowers use colour and fragrance to attract insects and other animals, to assist in their pollination process.
At night when colour is of little use, then fragrance plays a vital role in attracting insect to help in pollination.
The design of the petals, stigma and anthers along with the colour and fragrance 'guide' the insects, birds and animals, to the area of the flower where pollination can take place.
10 Flowers for you to view
Please take a few moments to look at these ten flowers.Sorry there is no smelly vision at the moment. I am sure that will be coming soon too! : )
There is a poll below, where you can vote on which flower you like the most.
Moth Orchids are native to the Tropics
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For the Home & Garden
With the widespread use of central heating in homes. It is now possible to keep these exquisite flowers at home, in more northern climates. The opportunity to have these exotic flowers in the home, give a much needed splash of colour on those gloomy grey days.
Some varieties have been breed and hardened off, for planting in the northern hemisphere garden too. They make a great gift, they are long lasting, and can act as a pleasant reminder, of the occasion, when the gift was given.
Although symbolically associated with, beauty, love, strength and of course luxury. Most people will not be aware of this symbolism, and just love them for their true beauty.
Brides and Weddings
It is no surprise that these flowers and especially the white orchids are very popular with brides and have become an essential wedding floral arrangements. Wedding finance planning will always include floral display.
Flowers are an essential element of just about any wedding ceremony. As mentioned above the symbolism of the floral component, in the wedding ritual cannot be underestimated.
Particular flowers, such as white moth orchids send clear signals that reflect love, purity, fertility, fidelity and abundance. They are vitally important to traditional marriage. In earlier times these plants were seen as extremely difficult flowers to grow, in cooler climates. This is not the case today.
Once prohibitively expensive, whilst today they are, in no way cheap, they are affordable and they can last for many months. Even years if carefully tended too. It is easy to love these amazing creations, both natural and hybrid. Thanks for taking the time to look at these beautiful specimens.
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Which Orchid Did You Like The Best?
Caring for your Orchids
Orchids are now quite easy to grow and care for
There are a multitude of colours to choose from.
- With good light, warmth and humidity, this variety can flower almost all year round.
- When the flowers have dropped off, cut back hard to the second joint from the base.
- Ideal temperature range is 62° - 68° (16° -30°) Mist once or twice a week. In winter keep in a very light bright place.
- Water once a week by soaking the plant thoroughly. Make sure to let the excess water drain away.
- Feed once a week in summer and every 2 -3 weeks during winter months. Use half strength diluted orchid feed in winter.
Hope these simple tips will help you have a great time caring for this gorgeous flowers.