Is Your Orchid an Epiphyte?

Author: Melanie DearringerNo Comments

Care and Culture, Growing Outdoors

Epiphytes are plants that grow anchored to other plants. They are non-parasitic and absorb their water and nutrients from the rain, air, and other debris that collects nearby. Epiphytes make up approximately 10% of all plant species and are common among bromeliads, ferns, orchids, and many more plant groups. Epiphytes have different care requirements than those of their terrestrial counterparts. So understanding exactly how they grow in the wild can help ensure that they receive the proper care in our homes and offices. Epiphytes in the Wild Most epiphytic orchids are found growing in tropical areas below the canopy of trees. They […]

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