National Orchid Day

Being a relatively new worldwide-recognized national day, the story behind the formation of National Orchid Day is just as beautiful as the plant itself. Read on to know more!

When is National Orchid Day?

National Orchid Day is celebrated on 16 April each year.

National Orchid Day.


You’ll probably be full of questions about the day. To help solve some of your queries, we have answered some FAQs below.

When did National Orchid Day start?

In 2010, after volunteering at an orchid reserve in Chiapas, Mexico, Mike and Faith Young were so astonished by the enjoyable experience that they decided that, if they had a daughter, they would name her Orchid.

However, they lost her on April 16, 2014, during labor. To honor her death, a year later, they decided to begin the National Orchid Day, and the campaign, carried out with the help of their friends and family, was a success, leading to the recognition of the day worldwide.

How do I observe National Orchid Day?

A great way to commemorate the story behind this day, you can grow orchids in your home or donate to other reserves, like the one Mike and Faith went to. However, an even better way would be to share the story of Orchid Faith on social media and make it unforgettable, helping honor her.

Are orchids good houseplants?

Although they are pretty difficult to grow, orchids can be quite rewarding house plants. This, combined with the fact that there are over 26,000 recognized orchid varieties, which can withstand even extreme conditions, makes orchids an excellent option for your garden.

Do orchids prefer sun or shade?

Even though they thrive in strong light, direct sunlight can burn the plant, and, therefore, indirect sunlight is recommended.

Fun Facts

With more than 26,000 discovered species, a number that is growing every day, there are more known orchid species than mammals or birds!

Because of their weight, mature orchids start to grow upside down.

Orchids can live up to around 100 years, and just the time between their germination and flowering is approximately five to seven years.

Because of the myriad of species, while some orchids take just a few hours to bloom, others, the larger ones, can have flowers measuring over 3 feet long.

Orchids can grow in any place globally except for Antarctica (Yes, even the Arctic)!

More Facts About Orchids

Orchids are so old that scientists now believe these to have existed even before the continents separated.

The vanilla orchid is the only species to have been grown commercially.

Orchids have the tiniest seeds, and there are over three million seeds in a single orchid seed pod.

The petals of some species, like the Bee Orchids, resemble that of the female insects to attract the male and ensure pollination.

Some orchids can make their food through photosynthesis and instead obtain food from the fungi that live on their roots.

All orchids have either rhizome, tuber, or aerial roots, not the regular ones.

Notable Orchid Lovers

Hercule Poirot (fictional detective created by Agatha Christie)

Raymond Burr (Perry Mason actor)

Nero Wolfe (Rex Stout’s fictional detective – owned 10,000 plants)

Caring for Your Orchid Video

Orchid Question and Answer Jokes

What does a botanist do when he/she finds a new orchid?

What does an orchid therapist ask her patients?
Are you feeling bouquet?

Did you hear about the orchid who gave an ultimatum to her husband?
She told him once and florally.

Did you hear about the florist who died in an accident?
Turns out he was an orchid donor.

What does an orchid say when they’re offering you a job?
Take it or leaf it.

Did you hear about an orchid that was struck in a hit-and-run?
She was leafed for dead.

What does the youngest orchid flower child say?
Last bud not least!

How do two orchids greet each other?
Hey bud, how’s it growing?

Why are orchids so good at problem-solving?
They know how to nip things in the bud.

What did orchid say when he wanted a second chance?
I’ll grow on you.

More Jokes

What was the conversation like at the dinner party with all the boring flowers?
Like pollen teeth.

How many orchids love their friends?

What did the flower write in his mother’s day card?
I’m proud to be orchid.

What is an orchid’s favorite Journey song?
Don’t stop be-leafing.

What do you say when you want an orchid to drive faster?

What did the orchid say after he told a joke?
I was just pollen your leg!

What did the orchid say when her son went off to college?
I be-leaf in you.

Orchid Puns and One-Liners

A friend of mine keeps insisting on skipping through an orchid garden. I think he has a gamboling problem.

I’m so glad I’m y-orchid.

Let’s get to the root of the problem.

Stealing orchids is an awful crime. It’s de-flora-ble.

Once and flor-al.

Someone keeps sending me bunches of orchids with the heads cut off. I think I’m being stalked.

So I wanted to buy my wife a nice yellow orchid for her birthday, but then I swapped it for a red rose at the last second. You could say it was a quick change of plants.

You can’t plant orchids if you haven’t botany.

Dual income, no orchids.

Can’t wait to see what’s next in storchid.

Orchid Quotes

The orchid is Mother Nature’s masterpiece.

If I see an orchid that’s fantastically expensive, I’ll buy it. It’s worth it, for no other reason than it gives me pleasure.
Lee Radziwill

Orchids were not made by an ideal engineer; they are jury-rigged from a limited set of available components.
Stephen Jay Gould

An orchid blossoms for its own joy.

I try to always have orchids in the house. I have a florist in Chinatown, and they deliver orchids every two weeks.
Phillip Lim

Orchid hunting is a mortal occupation.
Susan Orlean

Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality.
Leatrice Eiseman

My hobbies are cooking and gardening, especially growing orchids.
Juliet Mills

The graceful and elegant orchid epitomizes love, luxury, strength, and beauty.
Maria Duhita

Orchids lead to positive thoughts, and every positive thought propels you in the right direction.

Orchid roots find stability in a well-grown root system before producing flower spikes.

Orchid Captions for Instagram

  • Bring me orchids and talk for hours.
  • Orchids are like friends; they bring colors to your world.
  • Where orchids bloom, so does hope.
  • Let’s dance in the sun wearing wild orchids in our hair.
  • An orchid is enough to brighten up my day.
  • Beautiful orchid = Happy me.
  • Be honest, be nice, and be like an orchid.
  • Every orchid is a soul blossoming in nature.
  • An orchid blossoms for its own joy. So do we.
  • Orchids under the sky.
  • Sky, clouds, and orchids.

More Captions

  • Like orchids, you must allow yourself to grow.
  • Orchids remind us why the rains are necessary.
  • Love in the air, orchids in my hair.
  • Bride and Bloom.
  • But darling, you’re a pretty wild orchid.
  • Orchids can’t solve all problems, but they’re a great start.
  • You’re that pink that I’m hopelessly in love with.







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