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Orchid Flower Meaning

There’s more to the orchid than meets the eye. With a delicate, sculptural beauty and historical rarity, these exotic blooms carry an unrivaled symbol of refinement, luxury and mystery. Check out these five interesting facts about one of the most popular flowers in the world! #1 There are more than 25,000 different types of orchids existing naturally. Believe it or not, orchids make up the planet’s largest group of blooming flowers. They grow in every continent but one (sadly, you won’t find them in icy Antarctica), and come in hundreds of shapes and sizes. Also, about 99% of orchids today are within reach and available for cultivation, while 1% of tropical varieties still grow in virtually inaccessible habitats and have only been seen a handful of times. #2 Orchids come in every color of the rainbow, with the exception of one. Whatever the occasion or mood, it’s likely there’s a color of orchid to express it. Orchids bloom in every color—from deep fuchsia to white to green—except for one: black! And although they’re rare, there are even true blue orchids, and ones that bloom in dual color combos like lavender and pink or green and yellow. That’s just one of many reasons why orchids can be so versatile, acting as stand-alone centerpieces or as exotic additions to other arrangements. #3 They’re still hunted and traded by avid international collectors. Despite their rarity, orchids are still sought out by international collectors, enthusiasts and hunters for their long-lasting and record-holding blooms. #4 Once an expensive and highly demanded commodity, orchids were believed to have healing, disease-fighting and protective properties. In traditional Chinese medicine, the orchid was used to help cure coughs and lung illnesses. 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. The Aztecs were known to drink a mixture of vanilla orchid flowers and chocolate to give them strength. And believe it or not—the Victorians were so mystified by the orchid’s irresistible beauty that they collected and displayed them like treasures. #5 The orchid flower gives us… VANILLA! (Yup, you heard right.) You know the vanilla extract you pour into all those cake and cookie recipes? It comes from the orchid! Vanilla is a species of orchid, and vanilla extract comes from the orchid Vanilla planifolia. It’s the only orchid that produces a fruit that can be eaten, which also means—you guessed it—vanilla is a fruit! Want to learn more about the orchid? Or planning something for National Orchid Day coming up on April 16th? Start with these guides below, then find more tips & tricks on our blog. How to Care for Orchids Orchid’s Popular Indoor Variety Radiant Orchid-Inspired Gifts for Mom Orchids vs. Other Flower Types
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Orchid Flower Meaning

Home>Flower Ideas & Inspirations>Meaning of Flowers>Orchid Meaning and Symbolism Meaning & Symbolism of the Orchid Shop for Orchid The most highly coveted of ornamental plants, the delicate, exotic and graceful orchid represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility. In fact, Greek women believed that if the father of their unborn child ate large, new orchid tubers, the baby would be a boy. If the mother ate small orchid tubers, she would give birth to a girl. During the Victorian era, orchid symbolism shifted to luxury, and today this sense of magnificence and artful splendor continues, with orchids representing rare and delicate beauty. The 14th wedding anniversary flower, pink orchids convey pure affection, and the popular cattelya orchid represents mature charm.View more on our Flower Type Meaning Page
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Orchid Flower Meaning

Meaning & Symbolism of the Orchid Shop for Orchid The most highly coveted of ornamental plants, the delicate, exotic and graceful orchid represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility. In fact, Greek women believed that if the father of their unborn child ate large, new orchid tubers, the baby would be a boy. If the mother ate small orchid tubers, she would give birth to a girl. During the Victorian era, orchid symbolism shifted to luxury, and today this sense of magnificence and artful splendor continues, with orchids representing rare and delicate beauty. The 14th wedding anniversary flower, pink orchids convey pure affection, and the popular cattelya orchid represents mature charm.View more on our Flower Type Meaning Page
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Orchid Flower Meaning

Depending on the species, the origin of orchids can be found around the world, from rural China to the greenhouses of florists in Lexington, KY. The plant had many uses and meanings in its history as well. In China, they were appreciated for their scent and their medicinal properties are listed in some of the oldest Chinese pharmaceutical texts. Orchids can also be found in Chinese artwork as a symbol of integrity and humility. In the Middle Ages, it was used in creating herbal remedies and for love potions. Often people would associate a specific emotion or symbol to the orchid flower. Love was a common emotion that was attributed to the plant, as was beauty and luxury. The orchid meaning was important when the flower was given as a gift or when they graced a person’s home. Even dreams gave flowers of an orchid meaning, as it was said to represent a desire for romance and gentleness in a relationship. The popularity of orchid plants increased dramatically in the early 1800s when the first Cattleya orchid was bloomed. The plant was seen as something new and unique and almost instantly orchids reached a high level of popularity and demand in Europe. This led plant explorers, or orchid hunters, to search for the plants across the world. Because collectors were willing to pay the large sums of money for them, the explorers were willing to face danger and illness to locate more orchids. Once found, large quantities of the flowers were often taken from forests, particularly when new, less common species were located.
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Orchid Flower Meaning

Orchids have many associations with symbolic values. For example, the orchid is the City Flower of Shaoxing, China. Cattleya mossiae is the national Venezuelan flower, while Cattleya trianae is the national flower of Colombia. Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’ is the national flower of Singapore, Guarianthe skinneri is the national flower of Costa Rica and Rhyncholaelia digbyana is the national flower of Honduras. Prosthechea cochleata is the national flower of Belize, where it is known as the black orchid. Lycaste skinneri has a white variety (alba) which is the national flower of Guatemala, commonly known as Monja Blanca (White Nun). Panama’s national flower is the Holy Ghost orchid (Peristeria elata), or ‘the flor del Espiritu Santo’.
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Orchid Flower Meaning

The most highly coveted of ornamental plants, the delicate, exotic and graceful orchid represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility. In fact, Greek women believed that if the father of their unborn child ate large, new orchid tubers, the baby would be a boy. If the mother ate small orchid tubers, she would give birth to a girl. During the Victorian era, orchid symbolism shifted to luxury, and today this sense of magnificence and artful splendor continues, with orchids representing rare and delicate beauty. The 14th wedding anniversary flower, pink orchids convey pure affection, and the popular cattelya orchid represents mature charm.View more on our Flower Type Meaning Page
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Orchid Flower Meaning

Orchid care varies depending on the type of plant. Ideally, one should check with a nursery regarding the specific orchid and its needs. There are, however, some basic instructions that a person can safely follow when caring for their orchid plants. Avoid planting them in soil, as most orchids will die in this type of medium. The plant requires a growing medium that allows for good drainage and aeration. Orchid potting mixes are made specifically for them. Clay or plastic containers work well, provided they allow adequate drainage. When keeping orchids indoors, place them in a location where there is plenty of indirect sunlight, ideally near a window. Watering them once a week is sufficient for most orchids, provided they are allowed to dry slightly between each watering and ensure that the pot is well-drained. They should receive at least 12 hours of light daily. Fertilize regularly using a water-soluble orchid fertilizer to ensure that it flowers and grows properly. Care should be taken, however, to avoid over-fertilization which can cause more harm than it will benefit. Decrease both the amount of watering and fertilizing after the plant has stopped flowering. Orchid plants also do well when there is moisture in the air. Humidity levels of 40 to 60 percent work well for most orchids.
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Orchid Flower Meaning

There are between 20,000 and 30,000 species of orchids in existence around the world. As a result, the orchid family has one of the greatest numbers of species amongst all plant families. Many of these species are categorized at the Amerian Orchid Society, which is outside of and sometimes performs flower delivery in Miami, Florida. The specific species affects many aspects of the flower, such as pricing and care. Careful consideration regarding species should be taken into caccount when selecting orchid plants. For example, not all orchid types are suitable for indoor growth. Common species of orchids that adapt to indoor growth include the orchid species that fall under the genera of Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, and Dendrobium.

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