Once you discover a passion for orchids, you may quickly find yourself overwhelmed by the vast amount of information out there.
Simply put, an orchid is any flower with 3 petals and 3 sepals. Although you might scratch your head if you try to see how these can all be in the same flower group.
Most orchids grow with their roots attached to trees or rocks, absorbing moisture through the air and when it rains. This makes their growing needs different from terrestrial plants.
An orchid’s roots need to breathe. They will suffocate if they are not able to receive some air, and they will rot if kept too wet. Most orchids available commercially enjoy the same temperatures you do in your home. They do not require direct sun, just a degree of bright shaded light depending on the varieties you grow.
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