It's still in full bloom and as beautiful as when I got it in early May. And shows no signs of losing its flowers.
There are many different types of orchids, ranging in a variety of colours, leaves and blooms. Some are easy to grow, others not so much. Mine is in the phalaenopsis family, and relatively easy to grow. It has thick leaves with an elegant, arching spray of blooms.
There are about 60 species of phalaenopsis; they are native to tropical Asian countries including the Philippines, Borneo and Java. These plants have been extensively hybridized, and there are thousands of phalaenopsis hybrids, ranging from the stark, classic white hybrid (often called a moth orchid) to jewel-like miniatures with clouds of yellow and candy pink blooms.
I've heard of many people who tried growing orchids, but once they stopped blooming they were unable to keep them alive, let alone getting them to bloom again. I'll try my best to keep mine healthy and hopefully it will repay me with flowers again, some time after it loses the ones it has now. I bought special orchid food for it and have it beside an west window. In the books I've read about growing orchids, I learned that's where they usually thrive.
Did you ever try growing an orchid? Please share your story in the comment section.