Growing Great Orchids – Information
Hello and welcome to Orchid Care Resources – Growers Guide.
Whether you are a seasoned orchid grower or about to adopt your first orchid plant you will find an incredible amount of informative and interesting information within these pages. If you scroll down on the bottom-right you will see more topics.
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Orchids are one of, if not the most, popular plants people like to grow. This can be attributed not just to the many different species and hybrids you can choose from, but also that they are relatively easy to grow once you know how. If you stick to the proper care including correct watering, lighting, humidity, temperature, fertilizing and air circulation needs found here and in the mini-course, you should enjoy an orchid plant that is the envy of all of your friends.
Of the many types of orchids – Phalaenopsis is one of the easiest orchid plants to grow. It adapts well to an office or a home environment and you can expect the Phalaenopsis spray to bloom for two to three months from when the bud initially opens. The Cattleyas, another popular orchid plant, may only last a month or so from when the bud opens.
When choosing your plant you may want to also consider how often the orchid plant blooms. Some bloom once a year, others bloom twice a year and some orchid species even bloom all year around
The fragrance from an orchid is another reason for its popularity. The variety and range of beautiful scents is astounding – some being very strong while others are subtle and range from flowery to a more fruity smell and strangely enough can even have a chocolate, coconut, lilac or raspberry fragrance.
When planting your orchid it is very important not to block the drainage and strangle the roots by using soil. It is recommended they be planted in bark or other suitable orchid media such as New Zealand sphagnum moss. As mentioned orchids require good drainage so choosing the right pot is also crucial.
Watering is only required about once or twice a week depending on the orchid species, growing media and growing environment (including time of year – summer more often than winter) etc;
Orchid Lighting is another very important aspect of caring for your orchid, and optimizing it will help the health of your plant. Generally speaking they like a good amount of light but not too strong. Some orchids do well with a good amount of sun light, while others should be kept away from too much direct sun. Moving it a little further away from the window (if inside), or place it in an area that provides more shade will help.
Orchids are naturally found in rain forests, so imitating that environment as much as possible is advantageous. One example is spraying the leaves with a water mist especially in summer.
Fertilizing once a month is normally all orchid plants require, but make sure you use a “food” that is made for your type of orchid, and follow the recommendations of the product. You may also be interested in making your own orchid food which is not only fun but very healthy for your plant and can also save you money.
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