13 Most Popular Orchid Plants for Growing Indoors

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Many Orchids can successfully be grown as houseplants. An orchid is a great addition to any houseplants collection.

Growing an orchid indoors is easy and only requires providing the required growth essentials.

Good filtered light, high humidity, good air circulation and free draining light soil are essential for the proper growth of Orchids.

Orchids also require that cold draughts be avoided as they can cause sudden changes in the temperature.

We have outlined here below 13 of the most popular orchids that can be grown indoors successfully.

The Most Popular Orchids for Growing Indoors

1. Boat Orchids (Cymbidium Orchids)

Boat Orchid

Boat Orchids are some of the easy to grow Orchids that grow indoors successfully. They are regarded as the beginner's orchid.

Boat Orchids bear large waxy flowers arranged on unbranched flowering stem which arises from the base of the pseudobulb.

The Boat Orchids are prolific bloomers with several flower spikes bearing up to 100 blooms per season.

Some species of Boat Orchids have thin leaves but in most species the stems are modified to pseudobulbs. Read more »

2. Brassavola Orchids (Brassavola Orchids)

Brassavola Orchid

Brassavola Orchids are popular due their very fragrant flowers with a citrusy smell but are only fragrant at night.

The Brassavola Orchids seem to bloom the year-round; several times in a year. The leaves are long, thin, tubular and may appear unrolled or flattened.

The pseudobulb in Brassavola Orchids is much smaller so the leaves appear to emerge from the rhizomes.

In their natural habitat, Brassavola Orchids are epiphytes where they grow on the bark of trees. Read more »

3. Catts Orchids (Cattleya Orchids)

Cattleya Orchid

Catts also called Corsage Orchids are popular and easy to grow indoor orchids.

The blooms in Catts occur in clusters of 2-6 are large and colorful and can last for weeks.

Catts bear a cylindrical rhizome from which the fleshy noodle-like roots grow and the leaves grow from the top of the pseudobulb.

Catts are available in pink, white, red, purple, blue and yellow flowers. Read more »

4. Dancing Lady Orchids (Oncidium Orchids)

Oncidium Orchid

Dancing Lady Orchids are also called Golden Shower Orchids or Spray Orchids.

The Dancing Lady Orchids produce a profusion of small flowers with a dominant enormous lip which partially blocks the small petals and sepals.

Dancing Lady Orchids are magnificent bloomers and if well cared for they can produce 6-7 branched sprays of flowers which look like a cloud of buttery butterflies which can last for weeks.

Flowers in Dancing Lady Orchids are available in shades of yellow, red, white and pink. Read more »

5. Dendrobium Phalaenopsis (Dendrobium Orchids)

Dendrobium Orchid

Dendrobium Phalaenopsis Orchids also called Hard Caned Dendrobium Orchids are easy to grow Indoor Orchids.

The Dendrobium Phalaenopsis Orchids bear large, long-lasting flowers arranged along an unbranched flowering stems.

The flowers in Dendrobium Phalaenopsis Orchids range in color from white, green, yellow, pink, purple and often contrasting colors in the lip.

Dendrobium Phalaenopsis Orchids are branching herbs with cylindrical roots arising from the base of the pseudobulb. Read more »

6. Lady Slipper Orchids (Paphiopedilum Orchids)

Paphiopedilum Orchid

Lady Slipper Orchids also called Venus Slipper Orchids or Slipper Orchids are easy to grow and care for.

Lady Slipper Orchids are popular orchids due to their unusual and curious form of flowers where the pouch-like lower lip looks like lady slippers and hence the common name.

The flowers in Lady Slipper Orchids are long-lasting and can last for weeks. Flowers range in color from soft pastels to any combination of rich, earthy tones.

Lady Slipper Orchids lack a pseudobulb and grow robust shoots, each with several leaves which are typically mottled. Read more »

7. Laelia Orchids (Laelia Orchids)

Laelia Orchid

Laelia Orchids are grown for their strikingly colorful flowers and for their ease to grow and care for.

Flowers in Laelia Orchids comprise of petals which are of a thinner texture than the sepals but both are of similar shape but the sepals are narrower.

The blooms in Laelia Orchids are long-lasting and can last for weeks. Varieties are available in pink, white, red and purple blooms.

Laelia Orchids are mostly herbs with laterally compressed pseudobulb. Read more »

8. Leopard Orchid (Ansellia africana)

Leopard Orchid, Ansellia Orchid

Leopard Orchids also called Trash Basket Orchids are popular orchids that are easy to grow indoors.

The Leopard Orchids bear numerous, delicately fragrant, leopard-like spotted flowers hence the common name 'leopard orchids'.

These Leopard Orchids have white, needle-like aerial roots which point upwards, taking the form of a basket around a large, cane-like , yellow pseudobulb hence the common name 'trash basket'.

In their natural habitat, this basket catches the decaying leaves and litter upon which the plant feeds. Read more »

9. Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis Orchids)

Moth Orchid

Moth Orchids also referred to as Phals are some of the easy to grow Orchids.

The Moth Orchids bear long-lasting, flat-faced, often fragrant flowers arranged in a flowering stem that often branches near the end.

Moth Orchids bloom easily where the flowers opening successively with each spike holding more than 20 flowers.

Several of these flat-faced flowers blooming along an arching stem look like moths in flight and hence the common name, 'Moth Orchids'.

Moth Orchids are monopodial meaning they grow from a single point, adding leaves to the apex each year while the stem grows longer accordingly. Read more »

10. Nun Orchids (Phaius Orchids)

Swamp Orchid

Nun Orchids also called Swamp Orchids are easy to grow and are considered ideal for a beginner.

The upper sepal in Nun Orchids is curved and the petals are white on the back side resembling a nun's cap and hence the common name.

The blooms in Nun Orchids are produced on tall spikes each bearing a cluster of 10-20 flowers.

The flowers in Nun Orchids are delicately fragrant and are long-lasting. Flower colors range from brown to maroon, often with a white or pink lip. Read more »

11. Spider Orchids (Brassia Orchids)

Brassia Orchid

Spider Orchids are called Spider Orchids in reference to their spider-like flowers.

The Spider Orchids are notable for their characteristic long and spreading tepals which lend them the common name 'spider orchid'.

Spider Orchids are popular orchids due to their numerous, delicately fragrant, long-lasting blooms.

The flowers in Spider Orchids can be spotted yellow, cream brownish or green. To bring Spider Orchids to flower requires a rest period of about 6-8 weeks. Read more »

12. Vanda Orchids (Vanda Orchids)

Vanda Orchid

Vanda Orchids are popular due to their showy, fragrant, long-lasting and intensely colorful flowers.

The numerous flowers in Vanda Orchids grow on a lateral flower spike arising from the central stem.

Most flowers in Vanda Orchids show a yellow-brown color with brown markings but they also appear in green, red, white, red, orange, purple, pink and burgundy shades.

The growth in Vanda Orchids occurs from a single stem and leaves are highly variable and adapted to their natural habitat.

Vanda Orchids do not have pseudobulbs but they have leathery, drought-resistant leaves. Read more »

13. Zygopetalum Orchids (Zygopetalum Orchids)

Zygopetalum Orchid

Zygopetalum Orchids are popular due to the ease of growing and their colorful, fragrant, waxy, long-lasting blooms.

The flowers in Zygopetalum Orchids occur in multiples in shades of green, purple, burgundy and raspberry with several patterns.

The Zygopetalum Orchids blooms are held up by tall, upright stems and will fill a room with a delightful fragrance.

These Zygopetalum orchids have a robust growth form and bear large, ovoid-conical pseudobulbs which are deciduous. Read more »

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