Plant trends 2023 - Orchids

Plant trends 2023 - Orchids

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Plant trends 2023 - Orchids

When you think of orchids, it’s probably the Phalaenopsis, or Moth orchid, that comes to mind, but Orchidaceae is one of the largest plant families. With over 25,000 known species, orchids can be found in virtually every corner of the world, from the steamy rainforests of South America to the cool alpine meadows of the Himalayas. And on top of that you have a multitude of different cultivars and hybrids, there are countless orchids to choose from.


Orchids are a diverse and fascinating group of plants that have captivated gardeners and botanists for centuries. One of the most striking features of orchids is their incredible variety. Some species, such as the delicate and ephemeral ghost orchid, Epipogium aphyllum, are so rare and elusive that they are considered to be among the most sought-after plants in the world. Other species, such as the colorful and showy cattleya orchid, are popular among amateur and professional growers alike.


New orchids on the market

Many new and different species are making their way into the market in the last couple of years. Terrestrial orchids such as the Macodes petola and Ludisia discolor are rising in popularity due to their striking foliage and epiphytic ones like Cattleya for their stunning flowers. Whether you’re after the great flowering display of a Cymbidium or a delicate Lepanthes for your terrarium, orchids are definitely on the rise.

One of the most important things to understand about orchids is that there are both epiphytic and terrestrial species. Epiphytic orchids, such as the popular phalaenopsis orchid, grow on other plants and receive their moisture and nutrients from the air and rain. Terrestrial orchids, such as the lady's slipper orchid, grow directly in the soil and receive their moisture and nutrients from the ground.

ludisia discolor orchid

Popular flavor that's derived from Orchids

One of the most popular and versatile flavorings in the world, Vanilla, is derived from the seed pods of a specific species of orchid called Vanilla planifolia, which is native to Mexico and Central America.

Despite their beauty and popularity, orchids can be both easy and difficult to grow. Some species, such as the hardy and resilient cymbidium orchid, are relatively easy to care for and can thrive in a wide range of conditions, even slightly colder temperatures. Other species, such as the delicate and finicky slipper orchids, require precise and specific growing conditions in order to survive.

vanilla orchid