The Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colourful and fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants.
Horticultural techniques have been devised for germinating orchid seeds on an artificial nutrient medium, eliminating the requirement of the fungus for germination and greatly aiding the propagation of ornamental orchids. The usual medium for the sowing of orchids in artificial conditions is agar agar gel combined with a carbohydrate energy source. The carbohydrate source can be combinations of discrete sugars or can be derived from other sources such as banana, pineapple, peach, or even tomato puree or coconut water. After the preparation of the agar agar medium, it is poured into test tubes or jars which are then autoclaved (or cooked in a pressure cooker) to sterilize the medium. After cooking, the medium begins to gel as it cools.
Keeping Orchids and Indoor House Plants is Good for Your Health
Improved Air Quality
Plants absorb carbon dioxide from their surrounding environment and release oxygen back into the air. Since humans do the opposite, plants provide the perfect complement to our environment. Placing plants around your home can help encourage deep breathing, which can even help you sleep better. You may want to consider putting an orchid on your dresser or the bedside table in your bedroom.
The presence of plants can have a calming influence. Decorating your home with orchids can help you relax and reduce stress, which, in addition to improving your mood, can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses.
Reduced Seasonal Ailments
Plants help increase the humidity content of their environment, which can help you avoid seasonal ailments like sore throats, coughs and dry skin. Some research suggests a higher humidity level can even decrease the likelihood of the flu to spread, so it’s even possible that your orchids could keep your home safe from a flu outbreak.
It’s no coincidence that plants are a popular gift to bring to a patient in the hospital. Since their mere presence can reduce stress and improve air quality and humidity in a room, plants can improve healing times after surgery or illness. Plus, brightening up a dreary hospital room with a colorful orchid is bound to make anyone feel better.
A University of Michigan study found being around plants helps improve concentration and productivity and can even increase your memory retention up to 20 percent. Improved focus and productivity can lead to an overall improved quality of life. So, next time you need to buckle down at work, consider bringing an Orchids to your office.
“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”