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Exotic, beautiful, with thousands of species and as many hybrids, orchids are popular with homeowners and can be an obsession for the serious collector. And contrary to popular belief, they're not difficult to grow.

Many orchids thrive in Florida's heat and humidity, like Cattleya and Phalaenopsis, and can do well in the home and around the yard. Orchids can be grown in different media, such as bark, porous stone, and charcoal. Choose from containers made of plastic, clay, wire, or redwood. Some orchids can be mounted on a piece of cork or other bark.

Most orchids need to be repotted every few years, and many can be divided into smaller plants. Orchids typically prefer at least partial shade or filtered sunlight, and should be protected from cold temperatures.


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