Over 1000 Types of Orchids in Thailand
There are estimated to be over 1000 types of orchids in Thailand (Gluay Mhai in Thai language).
The beautiful, tropical flowers of the wild orchid can be seen flowering in January during the cooler season and again in August during the rainy season.
However, hybrid orchids can be seen in abundance throughout the year as they are used for decorations in drinks, food and girls hair. These types of orchids are from the Dendrobium genus.
When visiting Thailand, find time to amble around an orchid farm or nursery and photograph the great variety of beautiful blossoms and breathe in the intoxicating scents. Sainamphung Orchids Farm in Chiang Mai is a such a great place to visit if you are in the north of Thailand.
Many Thai gardens and resorts attach orchids to trees where they happily grow and produce their exotic flowers. Some orchids prefer the shade and some full sunlight but with over a thousand species of orchids in Thailand you can find one that suits your garden if you want to grow your own and bring a splash of color to your outdoor space.
Growing Your Own Hybrid Orchid
The growing process of a hybrid orchid often starts by taking the pollen from the male and transferring it to the female receptive organ.
After fertilization, the seeds may take anywhere from a month to a year to mature. When they are mature they can be harvested.
Most people skip the first two steps and start by germinating their purchased mature seeds in a bottle. Roots will sprout within a few days or may even take a few months depending on the strain of orchid.
After several more months the young orchid saplings can be moved from their bottles to small pots. Re-potting will be required in the future as the plant grows
The majority of our orchid photographs in this post were taken in Khao Saming district of Trat province during the annual orchid festival in February 2016.
Types of Orchids in Thailand