Orchid types and how they differ

Of all the blooms you will find at your florist, orchids are one of the most exotic. They are known for being the longest-lasting of cut flowers which means that they can be included in cut flower arrangements or sent as potted plants if you prefer. When shopping, you will also notice that there are a number of orchid types. Here’s what you should know about the many varieties available.

Single or multiple shoots

There are more than 25, 000 species of orchid in the world. Of course, not all will be sold by your local flower shop. All orchid types are perennial which is great news if you want to buy one for yourself or as a gift. It means that they will bloom year after year. The stems of these plants do not become hard or woody and you can expect your plant to grow in one of two patterns: monopodial or sympodial. Monopodial means that they grow from a single bud while sympodial varieties grow from more than one shoot.

Cymbidium orchids

These are one of the most popular of all orchid types because of their amazing beauty. They have long leaves that, apart from the blooms, are one of the reasons why they have become so sought after over the years.

Sweet scents

Some orchid types do not offer much in terms of perfume while others have the sweetest scent. The Miltonia orchid is one which is loved for its sweet smell. It is one of the strongest-smelling orchids you will come across.


Some orchid types have a particularly odd appearance but this is one of the reasons why they are so beautiful. Paphiopedilum orchids only produce one flower at a time. Of course, when you see this bloom, you will realise that a single bloom is all this plant needs to strut its stuff!

Best for beginners

If you are new to growing orchids or plants in general, you might want to start with easy to grow orchid types. Phalaenopsis orchids, or moth orchids, are the top choice for first timers. They are the most forgiving of all and they are sure to brighten any room.


If you have successfully grown your first Phalaenopsis orchid, you may like to move on to Dendrobiums. They are just a little bit more temperamental but they are still easy to care for compared to most other orchid types.

The information you have just read is not only helpful for choosing orchid types for your own home, but also as gifts. It is always a good idea to send plants that are easy to grow since you can’t always tell if the recipient will have the time or skills to really tend to it.