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Epiphytes air plants (majority of orchids) grow on trees Lithophytes air plants grow on rock surfaces Saprophytes air plants grown on decaying vegetation Terrestrials ground plants grow in soil
#3 Do orchids only last a short time? On contrary most species can last for years if taken care of. There are some plants which were propagated in 18th century and continue to live today.
#4 How often do they bloom? It varies according to variety and hybrid but they can bloom from once to 2 - 4 times a year. The blossoms can last for weeks to months which is a real plus.
#5 How old is my plant? Orchids can take years to come to maturity and bloom. Typically, plants are anywhere from 5 to 8 years old.
#6 Is conservation of orchids important? According to American Orchid Society this is a priority. Threats to orchids come primarily from loss of habitat and collecting. The AOS encourages purchase of only artificially propagated orchids.
#7 Should orchids be protected from a draft?,/b> This could be another orchid myths,but answer is no, orchids prefer moving air but should not be over a heating or air conditioning vent.
Bob has a website devoted to orchids with loads of information, orchids-plus-more.com. You will also see a large selection of stunning orchids.