Fun orchid facts!
- There can be up to 3 million seeds in a single orchid seedpod.
You’ll never see them though, they are the size of a speck of dust and are only visible under a microscope. Part of the reason for their small size is that they lack an endosperm and have no nutrients within. They require contact with a particular fungus to germinate and grow. We find this fact particularly interesting!
- It takes patience to grow an orchid.
The plant’s first flowers won’t appear until at least 5 to 7 years after germination. The houseplants you find in stores are often a decade old.
- Some orchid flowers bloom for mere hours, while others last up to half a year.
Phaleanopsis orchids are versatile enough to last in a cut flower arrangement longer than most.
- Orchid flowers always grow upside down when mature.
The orchid can have enough blooms to be heavy enough for the orchid to hang down.
- Orchid plants can live to be up to 100 years old.
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