Orchid named Britain’s favourite houseplant

Home owners looking for some inspiration for interior decoration might be interested to know that the Flower and Plants Association (FPA) has named the phalaenopsis orchid as the UK’s favourite house plant for the second year running.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the Guardian noted, British lounges were home to the parlour palm and the chrysanthemum, so what has sparked the rise in the popularity of orchids?

The FPA’s Sarah Holland said changes in growing techniques and breeding have made it easier for commercial gardeners to produce phalaenopsis orchids, also known as moth orchids, which has brought their price down.

Indeed, sales of orchids are up 30 per cent at Sainsbury’s year-on-year, while Homebase has seen its annual sales of phalaenopsis orchids rise by a quarter, the newspaper reported.

“Now orchids cost no more than an average bunch of flowers – but they last longer and look fantastic,” Ms. Holland added.

The FPA was formed in 1984 to promote the UK’s commercially-grown cut flowers and indoor plants.

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