The different varieties of orchids make them ideal for any gardener of any skill level. They come in different shapes, colors, and are hardy plants to boot. There are orchids, however, that are ideal for those who are still learning basic gardening skills.

Cattleya Orchid

This orchid is known for its fragrance and distinct colors of orange, pink, red, white, and yellow. It blooms twice a year and produces large flowers that will look great on a balcony garden. Remember that cattleya should be watered once or twice a week only.

Dendrobium Orchids

These orchids are used for flower arrangements because they can last for nearly 4 weeks. It doesn’t need regular watering, only once every other week or once weekly, but it should be kept away from direct sunlight to prevent wilting.

Oncidium or Dancing Lady Orchid

If you like plants that can produce a lot of flowers, the Dancing Lady Orchid is for you, because each cluster can have as many as 50 flowers. They are also known for their fragrance and their ability to tolerate bright sunlight and hot weather. Remember to water oncidium weekly or every other week.

Paphiopedilum Orchid

This type of orchid doesn’t need to be exposed to a lot of sunlight, so it can be grown indoors. The large flowers and the distinct mottled leaves give it an unusual appearance, making it an ideal decoration in the living room.

Phalaenopsis or Moth Orchid

This is the most common type of orchid you can find in shops in Singapore. They come in different colors and are known for their lengthy blooming season and durability. The moth orchid can be placed indoors with low lighting.

Tips for Growing Orchids

Orchids have different care requirements that you should observe, that is why if it’s your first time to grow orchids, you should stick to one or two types first to learn the basics.

  1. Do not use mixes or potting soils that are sold for other plants. Instead, choose potting mixes made specifically for orchids in flower shops in Singapore.
  2. A potting mix for orchids may contain any of the following: perlite, bark, vermiculite, moss, and others, to imitate their natural habitat in the wild, such as trees and rocks.
  3. Before purchasing an orchid, examine its roots, stems, and leaves for signs of diseases, insects, and rot.
  4. Make sure that the stems are strong, leathery and not brown or dark green in color.
  5. Place your orchids where they can get sunlight either during the early hours of the morning or the afternoon. Never place them in areas where they are hit directly by sunlight.
  6. If you choose to keep them indoors in your apartment, you can substitute sunlight with fluorescent lights.
  7. Do not overwater your orchids and make sure that the soil has proper drainage.
  8. Orchids are given water-soluble fertilizers only once a month or as needed.