Real World Gardener Orchids for Beginners in Plant of the Week

February 15th, 2017

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at  and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.


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red%2Bcrucifix%2Borchid.jpgCrucifix Orchid.

Epidendrum ibaguense


For some people, orchid growing successfully eludes them but there’s a reason why.

Most supermarket chains sell the gorgeous and enticing moth orchid, but they’re not for beginners.

If you’ve failed with a moth orchid, (Phalaenopsis  spp.) you need to go for something tough and easy that you can practically throw onto the ground and it will grow.

Let’s find out about this plant.I'm talking with the plant panel- Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal and Jeremy Critchley, The Green Gallery wholesale nursery owner.


Crucifix orchids are constantly in flower and don’t have any trouble clinging to rock, as their roots work their way into tiny crevices and cracks.


Epidendrum ibaguense


Crucifix orchids have tough, leathery leaves along reed-like stems, which can be up to 1.2m long. The clusters of starry flowers appear at the end of each stem and come in red, orange, yellow, purple, white and salmon.


This is the perfect orchid for beginners as they’re incredibly tough and can be grown in any free-draining mix in pots or the garden, or simply tucked into a rockery.