Interesting Orchid Facts
Did you know…
- Orchids are one of the largest family of flowering plants, consisting of 25,000 to 30,000 species.
- Although generally thought of as a tropical plant, orchids grow on every continent, in every climate, from the Arctic Circle to the southernmost jungle (except Antarctica).
- Orchids have the tiniest seeds in the world, making them a challenge to grow and cultivate. And there can be up to 3 million seeds in a single orchid seed pod!
- It takes patience to grow an orchid – the plant’s first flowers will not appear until at least 5 to 7 years after germination. And they can live to be up to 100 years old!
- Some orchid flowers bloom for mere hours, while others last up to half a year.
- The smallest orchid is the size of a dime, while the largest weigh several hundred pounds.
- Orchid flowers always grow upside down, in their natural habitats. And in their natural environment, each orchid species is dependent upon a specific type of insect to carry out its pollination.
- Orchids have become one of the most popular houseplants of all time, recently surpassing even the popularity of African Violets.
- There are two principal types of orchids: terrestrials, which feature extensive below-ground root systems, and epiphytes, characterized by their aerial or exposed root system.