More than 30,000 species of orchids grow in the wild, and there are millions of cultivated hybrids. Specific types of orchids are grown as houseplants offering literally an orchid for everyone. Each plant is differentiated by the requirements of its growing conditions, light and water needs, and flowering schedules. Types of yellow orchids include the Abbeville, stardust and Geyser Gold.
The Abbeville orchid is a member of the Cattleya family. The orchid blooms with large yellow flowers in the late winter or early spring. The flowers last up to four weeks, according to "Easy Orchids," by Liz Johnson. The Abbeville orchid grows well in daytime temperatures between 68 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperatures above 57 F. Avoid placing the plant in direct sunlight during midday. Abbeville thrives in high humidity.
The stardust is a hybrid of the Dendrobium nobile orchid. The orchid blooms in bright yellow flowers from mid-winter to early summer. The stardust prefers daytime temperatures up to 68 degrees Farenheit and nighttime temperatures above 55 F. The orchid has a chill requirement of 46 F for three months to produce good flowers. Water frequently during the growing season and stop during its rest period, recommends "Simon & Schuster's Guide to Orchids," edited by Stanley Schuler. The stardust and its family of orchids are among the easiest orchids to grow as houseplants.
Geyser Gold is a hybrid from the Odontoglossum family of orchids and is one of only two members of that family that can be successfully grown as houseplants. The plant blooms with blotchy yellow flowers in the spring. This orchid prefers cooler temperatures, according to "The Orchid Specialist," by David Squire, but can tolerate temperatures warmer for short periods of time. Place the plant in indirect light and water thoroughly, letting the soil dry between waterings.