Learn about orchid care, and the many variety of orchids to consider when you shop at the California Flower mall.
Many potted orchids will thrive in bright shade outdoors during warmer months until it’s time to bring them back indoors in the cooler seasons. There are two dozen or so genera of orchids commonly used as houseplants, and many dozens of species and hundreds of cultivars within those groups.
Orchids have somewhat unique light needs. Although most are categorized as “part shade” plants in their natural environment, orchids grown indoors as house plants typically need quite a lot of light—either in the form of supplemental lighting or by being placed in a location where there is lots of diffused natural light. When potted orchids are moved outdoors—as can easily be done during suitable months—these “part shade” plants often react badly to even a few hours of direct sun. Outdoors, potted orchids should ideally be placed in a location that is shady but still relatively bright.