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A guide to orchid types

Orchids are a very popular houseplant in the UK, as they inject some tropical colour. Picture them in a conservatory alongside some rattan garden furniture, adding a touch of the exotic to your home.

Not all orchids are the same though, so here follows a guide to the different types, with examples of each.

Cool-growing orchids

This type of orchid prefers an indoor temperature of 16-21℃ in summer and above 10℃ in winter.


This pretty type is simple to look after and comes in a fair few colours. They require an overnight temperature drop at night during mid-to-late summer.


Otherwise known as pansy orchids, these are often hybrids. They thrive in cool conditions, but can tolerate changes.

Intermediate-growing orchids

These grow best in temperatures between 18-24℃.


Cambria is a hybrid orchid, and widely available. They like to grow in dimly lit, cool conditions, and can sustain a fairly broad range of temperatures.


Oncidiums are normally autumn flowering. Hybrid forms are easily obtainable and also simple to grow. They prefer cooler temperatures, and can be placed outdoors during summer.

Warm-growing orchids

Some orchids prefer a temperature between 21-29℃ in summer and 18℃ or above in winter.

Phalaenopsis (Moth orchid)

This is the most widely available type, with a good range of colours. They are simple to look after if grown in the right bark medium, in a well-lit spot, and if possible in a humid room.


Vanda usually flowers between April and October. They thrive in hot and humid conditions, and require a sunny position.

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