Orchids forum: Arboreal/Terrestrial Orchids

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 5, 2014 9:34 AM CST
Is there a major difference between arboreal and terrestrial orchids. I was really surprised to find that the Vanilla Orchid was a terrestrial orchid.
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drdawg
Feb 5, 2014 11:50 AM CST
The basic difference, and this is not scientific nomenclature, is simply the way they grow in nature. Terrestrial orchids, and there are over 200 species, are considered woodland plants, and grow in the soil. The "soil" should be well-draining though. Common species include the cymbidiums, "jewel orchids", and of course the vanilla orchid. Some of these varieties require cold temperatures to initiate their blooming cycle, similar to many "bulb" plants, such as tulips.

Arboreal orchids, the vast majority of the orchid species, grow on trees in nature. They typically are more "warm-natured" and their roots require air for the plants to do well. Soil-like conditions would virtually suffocate their roots, killing the plants. Vanda species for example can grow perfectly fine in a pot or basket, with absolutely no planting media around the plant/roots, or even suspended by some sort of twine, wire, or monofilament.
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Feb 5, 2014 12:19 PM CST
Thanks for your reply .. I was thinking that it might involve root preference.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Feb 5, 2014 12:41 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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