Flower Focus: Orchids

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.

Cymbidium Orchids

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.).

Phalaenopsis Orchids

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

Specific Meaning


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 PapilionanthMiss 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.

Vanda Joaquim
Vanda Miss Joaquim, Singapore’s National Flower

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.

Looking for some elegant Orchids to adorn your home or office? Head on over here to browse the entire range! But if you are looking to learn more about flowers and plants, click here.

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