Orchid Types Explained – A Mesmerizing Flower

Orchid Types Explained – A Mesmerizing Flower

(STL.News) Multiple different orchid types grow throughout the world, and they can be confusing if you don’t consider yourself a gardener.  Since they hail from all parts of the world, they have different career requirements and instructions, so it’s essential to check before purchase.  Orchids are divided into three groups: cool, intermediate, and warm.

The Different Orchid Groups

While any orchid type will look great in your living room, only a few types of these flowers will thrive outside during spring, summer, or fall.

Cool orchids like the Dendrobium, Cymbidium, Miltoniposis, and Odontoglossum only thrive in springtime temperatures and can’t exceed 70°F.  Intermediateorchids like the Oncidium, Paphiopedilum, Cambria, and Cattleya can’t exceed75°F while warm orchids like the Vanda Phalaenopsis are comfortable at 80-85°F.

Let’s look at each type of orchid more in-depth.


The Phalaenopsis orchid is the most common type you’ll find orchid plant delivery services.  Also known as Moth orchids, they have flat, wide, and dark leaves and carry long stems.   Moth orchids come in a wide range of colors and need humidity and tons of light and heat and grow.


A cool orchid that can thrive in mild temperatures, these cylindrical and or cone-shaped flowers shave less coverage on the base of their leaves. 

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