With their exquisite and spectacular blooms, exotic orchids make beautiful house plants. Yet despite their exotic looks, they can be simple to look after, as long as you understand the conditions they enjoy.
Orchids that naturally grow on trees are known as epiphytes. These are often sold in transparent pots so that light can reach their roots, or are mounted on bark sheets or driftwood. Those that grow on the ground in soil are known as terrestrial orchids and sometimes require moister compost than epiphytic orchids.
Many orchids are endangered, so always purchase plants from reputable suppliers to ensure they haven’t been taken from the wild. The following 10 varieties should all be readily available and are well worth growing.