As you begin or continue your journey to learn more about orchids, we've pulled together a listing of basic terminology that you may encounter while researching these beautiful plants. We hope you find this list to be useful.
Roots that are above the soil’s surface – usually grown for plant support.
The pollen producing part of a flower.
Found at the tip of the shoot and the root of the orchid. By continually dividing its cells, it causes the plant to grow longer.
A pseudobulb of an orchid that remains on the plant after the terminal growth has been removed as a division.
Also known as “blooming-sized orchid” or “packaged orchids” a Baggy Baby, grown and sold by Better-Gro, delivers the thrill of watching an exotic plant through all stages of its development.
A plant having two leaves on a pseudobulb.
The reproductive area of the orchid flower.
Any deviation from the normal growth structure or quality of a plant that is a continuous condition producing visible symptoms, thus affecting the quality or value of the plant.
A form of plant propagation in which new plants are separated from the parent plant.
The surroundings or conditions in which a plant lives or operates.
A plant that grows harmoniously upon another plant and derives its moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, and debris accumulating around it.
Also known as plant food. A natural or synthetic material which includes nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium compounds that, when given to a plant, increases its capacity to support growth.
A group of related plants consisting of two or more species possessing certain common characteristics distinct from any other group.
A plant that provides some or all the nutrients for a particular pest or fungus.
A plant that falls in the middle on a growing range – meaning it is not a cool grower (grows in colder environments) or a warm grower (grows in warmer environments), but rather it can be grown in most growing environments.
Baby orchids that sprout from an orchid’s flower stems. Literally translated, “keiki” is Hawaiian for “the little one” -- and that’s just what keikis are. They’re little orchid plants.
The part of an orchid where its primary function is photosynthesis.
One of the key factors for growing a healthy plant. Plants use energy from light to convert carbon dioxide into food.
The lower petal of an orchid used by flowers to provide a landing platform for its pollinators.
An identical plant which was produced from tissue culture of the apical meristem.
Having an obsession with orchids – inspiring scientists, collectors, and hobbyists alike.
A measure of the acidity in water. A measure of 6.5 pH is perfect for orchids.
The storage organ found on sympodial orchids.
Having one main stem which grows straight up.
Any organism that can cause disease or injury to a plant.
An underground stem that connects two pseudobulbs.
Having lateral continued growth (more than one stem) coming from a pseudobulb.
A plant that has roots that grow and receive nutrients from the soil.
Microscopic pathogen which can be spread by insects or unsanitized equipment.
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