Cat-Friendly Plants Ideas: Orchids

Cat-Friendly Plants Ideas: Orchids have seen as a symbol of love, luxury and beauty. It looks like butterflies are flying around in the air in an elegant manner. They can come in many colors and sizes, let’s find your own one and enjoy its noble beauty along with cats!

Orchids

Sapphire Orchid

Sapphire Orchid (westerlay ORCHIDS)

Orchids History

orchid magenta

Orchid (Flower Meaning)

The Aztecs were known to drink a mixture of vanilla orchid flowers and chocolate to give them strength. They cultivated the seed pods of the Vanilla orchid, which is the only orchid that produces an edible fruit, as flavoring (vanilla extract) which has since become the most popular flavorings in the world.

The Victorians were so mystified by the orchid’s irresistible beauty that they collected and displayed them like treasures.

Scientifically, biologist Charles Darwin wrote volumes on orchids and their pollination. Angraecum sesquipedale from Madagascar is sometimes called Darwin’s Orchid because he posited from its composition that a specific moth must exist with an unprecedented 13 inch long proboscis in order to pollinate it.

Orchid Symbolism

white orchid

White Orchid (google.com)

In traditional Chinese medicine, the orchid was used to help cure coughs and lung illnesses. And at the time of Confucius, called orchids The Plant of the King’s Fragrance.

Purple orchid

Purple Orchid (google.com)

In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility and male fertility, the belief being that if women ate orchid flowers, they would bear a son to continue the family tradition, therefore used in love potion as aphrodisiacs.

Orchids Care

orchids in modern vases

Orchids in modern vases (Pinterest)

Care of indoor orchids are easy once you learn how to grow them properly. These unique-shaped flowers can be found in a range of colors and sizes depending on the variety.

Orchids need ample water, but should be allowed to dry out some between waterings as most plants do so.

Green Orchid in a glass jar

Orchid in a glass jar (Pinterest)

Most orchids require moist, well-draining conditions. Also they need adequate humidity, about 50 to 70 percent. You can place a tray of pebbles beneath them, mist them daily, or use a humidifier.

Phalaenopsis or moth orchids in blue and white china po

Phalaenopsis or moth orchids in blue and white china pot (Pinterest)

Large ceramic orchid deskbowl

Large ceramic orchid desk bowl (Pinterest)

Orchids require shallow planting. Place orchids in an east to south-facing window or room. They prefer bright, indirect light. Insufficient light results in poor flowering. Never put them in the direct sun, which would scorch leaves.

Orchids

Orchids (Google.com)

While Orchids tolerate cooler or warmer temperatures throughout their norming growing season, they need to be about 15 degrees cooler at night than during the day in order to bloom sufficiently.

Orchids bloom in every color except black, so you can choose the ones which works best for your room. Taking good care of them benefits not just for you to have its unusual, yet attractive flowers, but also the intoxicating fragrance in your room!

Reference

Orchid Growing Tips: How To Take Care Of Orchid Plants Indoors (gardening KNOW HOW)
 The History & Meaning of the Orchid: 5 Surprising Facts (ProFlowers)
 A SHORT HISTORY OF ORCHIDS (www.ctu.edu.vn)
 Orchid History (OREGON ORCHID SOCIETY)

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Originally published at Johnny Times.

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