Butterfly Orchids

Butterfly orchids, one of the best looking, diverse, and brightly-colored orchids, are also one of the easiest genuses of orchids to grow. They are considered the most exotic orchid flower ever lived.

Many admire the true beauty that butterfly orchid flowers possess. Any person will surely take pride of growing such an incredible variety. Butterfly orchids are very popular in Taiwan and in Hawaii. They are the major growers of orchids that are sold worldwide. Orchid growers that breed butterfly in their homes were rewarded with beautiful results. Flowers of butterfly orchids are most of the time yellow or brown in color. Purplish stripes or spots adorn lips of the butterfly orchid.

Growing orchids like butterfly orchids is in no way difficult. Like most epiphytic types of orchids, butterfly orchids prefer more bright sunlight. They favor warm environments like those in the tropical regions of Southeast Asia. Most butterfly orchid favors growing in the wild. They can be found on oaks, pines, and on mangroves. A temperature between 60 and 80 Fahrenheit is ideal for a growing butterfly orchid. It will initiate flowering. When flowering season is coming, maintain the temperature below 90 to avoid bud drops and slow growth. Moderate humidity levels between 60 and 75 percent must be kept most of the time. To maintain humidity, you can place your plant on top of a saucer with water and pebbles in it. Take care that the pot only touches the pebbles and not directly into the water.

Water butterfly orchids thoroughly and make sure that the growing media is not completely dry before watering them again after a week. Watering once a week or after ten days is a good interval. Never allow your butterfly orchid to stand for days without water or it will shrivel.

Repot butterfly orchids only when it is required. If the orchid has outgrown its pot and whenever roots are starting to become soggy, it is therefore time to repot. Another reason why repotting is needed is when the growing media no longer works for the orchid. The media is either damp and has decomposed that it no longer sustains air circulation. Repotting is necessary to replace the old growing media. When you have decided to repot some of your orchids, you can use potting mixes that includes perlite, orchid bark, and sphagnum mosses.

Under artificial conditions, you can actually grow your own butterfly orchids. It would be nice if you can grow more of their varieties in your home.