Linguaggio dei fiori Orchidea

The Orchid and its origins

To find the beginning of its “history”, we must go back to ancient Greece when the philosopher and botanist Theophrastus spoke of it in his botanical work, paying attention to its aphrodisiac abilities; but also Dioscorides, Greek physician and pharmacist, explained in his treatise how to feed on the Orchid to procreate a male or female child. Later also in Japan and China this flower was represented and texts related to the Orchid were written. In Europe, during the Middle Ages, the processing of elixirs of love, of youth using this type of flower, but also to create, albeit in a marginal way as an ingredient, potions of black magic had spread. During the Victorian period the English gave the Orchid the value of prestige,

The Orchid: Its Meaning

The Orchid, in the language of flowers, carries a meaning of thanks for the concession of love; it is a flower to be given to those who we know for sure will reciprocate this love of ours. In the East, with greater importance in China, the Orchid symbolizes the purity of children while in our culture it is considered as a message of love, a sign of affection, of a feeling that will last over time. For several centuries it has been a flower used as an aphrodisiac (as we said a little while ago, used for love potions), so a further meaning associated with it is that of sensuality and luxury. The Orchid is a flower that is used in various ceremonies and occasions, such as for example on Mother’s Day a bouquet of fragrant Cattleya orchids is given as a gift because they are similar to the charm of advancing age; further in Christian beliefs the spots that adorn these flowers would represent the blood of Christ and therefore on the occasions of Easter and Holy Christmas usually the altars of the Churches are adorned with Orchids.

The Orchid in mythology, art and literature

We find the Orchid within the Greek myth of Orchis, the son of a satyr and a nymph who, out of pity for the Gods, was transformed into one of these flowers for having courted a priestess; but many artists wanted to depict this beautiful painting in paintings that have become famous such as the French Monet who, in the second half of the nineteenth century, depicted a prostitute with an orchid in her hair to give greater emphasis to the symbol of sensuality that was represented there . But not only in the world of art this flower has been represented, but also in famous literary works of enormous success that are now classics of literature including “In search of lost time” by Proust where it is repeated several times and symbolizes the eroticism:

Language of flowers Orchid: The Orchid: how to grow it

As for the climatic needs of Orchids, their geographical origin must always be taken into account, but in Italy the cultivation of these flowers takes place in environments that are protected and carefully air-conditioned. But, in addition to all this, Orchids love the light but better if not direct exposure to the sun’s rays but the temperatures that come with the winter in our homes are usually satisfactory for their needs. When the cold temperatures go away and summer arrives it would be better to water them between 2/4 times a week; with species that are native to areas characterized by severe drought, they need more watering interventions in conjunction with these periods. Finally, since most Orchids, which are grown in greenhouses and are native to tropical or subtropical areas, do not find their vectors of particular diseases in our environments; for this reason they are usually subject to alterations due to temperature, light and humidity which are not favorable to their natural development.

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