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Orchids: Wide-ranging species diversity in all shapes and colours

The orchid is often referred to as the queen of flowers. They were introduced to Europe at the beginning of the 19th century and have been a fixed component of our windowsills ever since. Given the great diversity of orchids, each species has its own care requirements. Find out more about the different orchid species and the specific care they need here.

phalaenopsis

Phalaenopsis

The most famous orchid

Despite enduring popularity, many orchid species are largely unknown. The Phalaenopsis, also known as the moth orchid, is the most popular orchid species. Its upsides include relatively uncomplicated care and flowering almost all year round. This makes it the perfect orchid for beginners. In comparison to others, the genus is rather small with just 60 species. Like many other orchids, it grows as an epiphyte on trees. Its flowers are usually abundant and are characteristic of orchids. Their size can vary between 1.5 and 10 centimetres, depending on variety. The Phalaenopsis prefers a semi-shaded but bright location. The temperature should be between 18 and 20 °C and not drop below 16 °C at night. High humidity is important. The plant should never dry out completely, but it should not be watered too much to avoid waterlogging.

Orchid species and caring for them

The oldest orchid

Cattleya

The orchid for beginners

Coelogyne

The challenging one

Vanda

The diverse one

Paphiopedilum

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Orchid plant guide

Find more tips and tricks for caring for your orchids in our plant guide.

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Find more information on caring for orchids here

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