12 Incredible Orchid Facts That No One Ever Told You Before from Plainviewpure.com

  1. Orchids are the largest family of flowering plants.
    They have also been around the longest as they are one of the oldest flowers in existence. Since varieties of orchids are found all over the world, it’s accepted that orchids were in existence prior to the separation of the continents.
  2. There are more than 25,000 documented orchid species throughout the world.
    This means the number of orchids on the planet is four times the number of birds and four times the number of mammals! That’s A LOT of orchids!!
  3. Although generally thought of as a tropical plant, orchids grow on every continent.
    From the Arctic Circle to the southernmost jungle (except Antarctica). They’re valued and thought of as beautiful across continents and cultures with varying meanings and customs surrounding their existence.
  4. The smallest orchid is the size of a dime.
    This amazing orchid is small enough to fit in a doll house!
  5. The vanilla orchid (and its vanilla bean) is the only commercially grown orchid crop (Vanilla planifolia).
    Orchids yummy enough to eat and cook with!
  6. Orchids have the tiniest seeds in the world.
    This makes them a challenge to grow and cultivate. They take forever to sprout and actually turn into a plant! Growing orchids from seeds is only for the patient and very green-thumbed.
  7. There can be up to 3 million seeds in a single orchid seedpod.
    You’ll never see them though, they are the size of a speck of dust and are only visible under a microscope. Part of the reason for their small size is that they lack an endosperm and have no nutrients within. They require contact with a particular fungus to germinate and grow. We find this fact particularly interesting!
  8. It takes patience to grow an orchid.
    The plant’s first flowers won’t appear until at least 5 to 7 years after germination. The houseplants you find in stores are often a decade old. From duck to swan!
  9. Some orchid flowers bloom for mere hours, while others last up to half a year.
    Phaleanopsis orchids are versatile enough to last in a cut flower arrangement longer than most. That’s why we like Phalaenopsis orchids the best!
  10. Orchid flowers always grow upside down when mature.
    The orchid can have enough blooms to be heavy enough for the orchid to hang down. Gravity always wins!
  11. Orchid plants can live to be up to 100 years old.
    Who said orchids are hard to grow?
  12. Orchids have become one of the most popular houseplants of all time. 


    Eikenhoff Nursery Open Day
    9th July 2018
    Eikenhoff Nursery, renowned for their iconic orchid plants, are very excited to invite you to their July Open Day taking place on Saturday 28 July from 9am to 1pm. Take a stroll through the nursery, ask all those questions that you’ve been dying to ask about the care of your plants.
    YOGA for Kids: Winter School Holiday Program
    19th June 2018
    Join Michelle, a registered Biokineticist, Pilates & Zenga & Kids Yoga Instructor, for a YOGA for Kids Winter School Holiday Programme. Michelle will guide your child in a fun, safe and calming space to connect their mind body and spirit.
    The Hermanus FynArts Festival
    7th June 2018
    One of a kind, Hermanus FynArts is a fusion of Festival and Winter School; a blend of visual, intellectual and creative stimulation with a vibrant social buzz, taking place from the 8th to the 17th of June 2018.

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