Trends are changing
I have just spent a very pleasant, if somewhat hectic, weekend at an international orchid show at the Three Counties show ground at Malvern helping my other half out on his sales stand. It is always nice to meet up with other growers and exhibitors from around the country and abroad. The range of plants on display was quite spectacular with plenty of choice for the general public as well as the enthusiasts looking for an unusual orchid species to add to their collections.
This year I was particularly aware of the requests for orchids as house plants moving away from the popular Phalaenopsis (“Moth orchids”). Most of the people I spoke to over the weekend had begun their interest in orchids receiving or buying a moth orchid and were now keen to try something different.
A natural progression from moth orchids are the Odontoglossum-type hybrids, a bit of a mouthful I know, but luckily this group of orchids is more commonly known as Cambrias. I stress that this is a loose description as many different varieties fall into this category but they are a group of orchids that most people will get on with as the growing requirements are similar to moth orchids.
If you have a space on a windowsill, avoiding south-facing in summer, the range of this group of orchids can offer plenty of choice in both colour and form. Flower size within this group is also quite diverse, from masses of tiny blooms on arching stems to larger ones on upright stems. As an added bonus many orchids within this category are scented. What more could anyone wish for in an orchid.
If you too are ready to try something different this group of orchids may be just the answer.