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Terrestrial

Guest Author - Susan Taylor

The last major group of orchids are referred to as Terrestrial because they grow on or in the ground. However, they do not grow in the same soil that most of us understand as potting soil. They grow in humus or leaf litter accumulated on a forest floor. This humus is an extremely open and porous medium which can be duplicated with a fine bark mix in cultivation.

Examples of terrestrial orchids are cymbidiums and most of the slipper orchids.
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Content copyright © 2013 by Susan Taylor. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Susan Taylor. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Anu Dubey Dharmani for details.

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