An opulent flower that needs no introduction, this week we shine our Flower Focus light on the elegant and beautiful Orchid. With over 100,000 different hybrids, 25,000 species and 800 genera, Orchids come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Grown best in tropical forests, Orchids were once only available to a select few countries. However, with its every-growing demand and new hybrids, Orchids are now widely available and grown in almost every country and continent – except Antarctica.
At FarEastFlora.com you will find that most of our hand bouquets and table arrangements, consists of Orchid Ann, Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis. Not because the other Orchids are any less beautiful, but because these Orchids are a better fit for arrangements (not too flimsy, sturdier stalks, etc.).
In Asia, the Phalaenopsis (pictured above) is especially loved and sought-after. This is not only because of its long-lasting flowering heads, but also, they are believed to bring its owner luck and good fortune which is why many choose the Phalaenopsis for business gifting. Don’t believe us? The next time you walk into an office building or hotel, look around, you would most likely find a grand display of Phalaenopsis near the main entrance.
Orchids of all types generally symbolize love, strength and beauty. However, depending on the color of their petals, they each carry slightly different meanings
Color of Orchids
|Innocence, purity, elegance and reverence|
|Strength and courage|
Grace and joy
Royalty, dignity and respect
Friendships and new beginnings
Good health, blessings and longevity
Speaking of Orchids, there might not be a more famous Orchid in Singapore than our very own National Flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim (pictured below). Also known as Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim, it has been Singapore’s National Flower Since 15 April 1981. This purple and white Orchid was chosen amongst 40 other flowers because of its vibrant color, hardiness and resilience, qualities of which reflect the spirit of Singapore.
Here’s another fun-fact before we conclude this Orchid-adventure. Did you know that Vanilla Pods or Beans come from Orchids? These aromatic herbs do not grow on trees or on shrubs, but on Vanilla Orchids that are native to Mexico and Guatemala.