Yellow Orchid - A Guide to Yellow Orchids

Yellow Orchid

Yellow orchids are amazing! Bright and cheerful, yellow orchids bring an elegant feeling to any floral arrangement. A delicate beauty for the eye, the yellow orchid is a striking flower, a perfect compliment for anyone who receives it!

Yellow Orchid Description

  • Family: Orchidaceae
  • Origin: Yellow orchids date back in ancient Greek times when they were seen as flowers representing virility, as the word itself, “orchid”, comes from the Greek “orchis”, meaning testicle. Moreover, it was thought that if the husband ate large orchid tubers, the child would be a boy and if the wife ate small orchid tubers the child would be a girl.
  • Sun exposure: Yellow orchids require either full sun in order to bloom, either half-sun exposure after flowering.
  • Height: Yellow orchids grow up to 14 inches tall.
  • Soil: Yellow orchids need a very well-drained soil to develop.
  • Leaves: Green or lime green in color, they are long and egg-shaped. They remain at the bottom of the stem, while the latter grow higher and higher.
  • Blooming time: Between July and September.
  • Maintenance: Light and warmth are the two essential things that must be taken into consideration when growing yellow orchids. Adequate lightning needs to be constant and temperature should vary from day to night.
  • Propagation method: Yellow orchids may be propagated using six methods: through division, by keiki, areal cuttings, meristem or tissue culture, which is a scientific method of propagating yellow orchids and last but not least, yellow orchids may be propagated through seeds.

Yellow Orchid Species

There are two main types of yellow orchids: terrestrial (which grow on the ground) and epiphytes (which grow on trees). Nevertheless, yellow orchids can be found in various heights, shapes or yellow shades. So, if you were wondering what are the specific names of the yellow orchids you just saw in an exotic Asian garden, here are a few: Doritaenopsis, Stanhopea anfracta, Stanhopea nigripes, Trichopilia undulatissima, Trichoceros antennifer, Gongora rufescens, Cymbidum orchid, Oncidium cebolleta, Dendrobium fimbriatum, Dendrobium senile, Mediocalcar decoratum, Trichocentrum splendidum, Phaius flavus, Oncidium marshallianum.

Yellow Orchid Meaning

Yellow orchids are bright, vigorous flowers that enrich our life with their breathtaking magnificence. Generally known as flowers of love, yellow orchids have a rare and delicate beauty that might take your mind in a land of fairytales. Also, yellow orchids are a symbol of royal elegance.

Yellow Orchids Arrangements

Yellow orchids arrangements are used both in weddings and for showing sympathy. This is because orchids have a sort of luxurious aspect that is needed in both cases.

For a sympathy yellow orchid arrangement, you might want to try mixing yellow orchids with red roses, star lilies and snapdragons placed in the middle of the arrangement and set on an easel.

On the other hand, yellow is a very sweet color for wedding floral arrangements. And, if you choose yellow orchid arrangements, your wedding will have a very romantic vibe for sure! Also, yellow orchids alongside greenery set as centerpieces will add cheerfulness and natural happiness to the whole room!

Yellow Orchid Bouquets

Yellow orchids bouquets are ideal in many cases, as they are long lasting even when cut.

Pageant bouquets are the perfect shape for yellow orchids. If mixed with white cymbidium orchids, small green dendrobium orchids, bear grass, babies breath and tied up with a hot pink ribbon, the bride will have an astonishing and exotic yellow orchid bouquet. Also, single yellow orchids look beautiful if tied with a silk white bow.

Cascade yellow orchid bouquets are another option, if combined with green cymbidium orchids, purple orchids, bear grass and fern.

If you want to mix other colors in your yellow orchid bouquet, the best options are white, purple or light blue.

Yellow Orchids in Gardens

Yellow orchids will embellish your garden for sure with their cheerful color and exotic look. For a proper growth you should always fertilize the soil in which they are planted. Also, you should position them in a full-sun spot until their first bloom, and then try to protect them against direct sunlight, otherwise their blooms will perish and the foliage will turn yellow.


Yellow orchids bruise easily if not treated with the greatest care. Some types of yellow orchids should be handled by using gloves, or with wet hands, as any brutal touch might upset the bloom. Moreover, they do not like to be touched, so try to minimize this action if possible. To keep them happy, place flower food in their water and spray their blooms with water from time to time.

Lovely and graceful, yellow orchids help you make it through the day. They are happy flowers that smile every time you look at them. In ancient times, the Aztecs thought of them as power and strength- giving flowers and the Chinese as curing plants, helping them heal lung diseases and coughs. Nowadays, yellow orchids are used primarly for their ornamental purpose, as they are ideal for tropical weddings!