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What rather rare and colourful orchid that you can't find in supermarkets could I order on Amazon as a Christmas gift for my mother?

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    Unless your mother is an orchid addict and grows many of them in a hothouse, a rare orchid might not be a good present. Those orchids sold in supermarkets are there because they make relatively easy care houseplants in ordinary rooms,but a lot of orchids, especially the more exotic kinds, need particular conditions to thrive which are not found in the home. – Bamboo Dec 5 '19 at 13:55
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    I think the orchids at the grocery stores are pretty much a one time thing , they last well but generally do not get the conditions necessary for re-bloom. Yes , I know many people on this site get them to re-bloom , but that is a small fraction of the total sold. – blacksmith37 Dec 5 '19 at 15:41
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    @blacksmith37 - I don't think that's true of Phalaenopsis, or Moth Orchid, which is the one you usually see in supermarkets - I've got friends who've had theirs for around five years, reblooming too, without anything other than minimal care of the order that's required for any houseplant. – Bamboo Dec 5 '19 at 15:59
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    Well it doesn't really answer your question, does it,that's why I did it as a comment...but if you think its a helpful response, I';ll post it so you can close the question if you want? – Bamboo Dec 5 '19 at 19:01
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    An easier-to-grow showy plant is any amaryllis. They live outside during the growing season, come inside before frost (and don't need watering at that point), and finally, after a few months' rest, some watering will set them to blooming. It takes about 6-7weeks after first watering for the plant to bloom, so it i possible to time this for Christmas, Valentine's Day, or Easter. I once timed one my plants to bloom on my daughter's wedding in Mid-May. – Jurp Dec 5 '19 at 20:21
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Unless your mother is already an orchid addict and grows many of them in a hothouse, a rare orchid might not be a good present. Orchids sold in supermarkets (usually Phalaeonopsis or moth orchid) are there because they make relatively easy care houseplants in ordinary rooms, but a lot of orchids, especially the more exotic kinds, need particular conditions to thrive which are not found in the home.

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