5 Things you Should Know When Caring for Orchids

For some reason, many people have believed for a long time that caring for orchids was either too difficult, or that raising orchids was a hobby reserved for the wealthy. However, anyone can find an orchid that they can care for easily without it costing a fortune or requiring hours of training and skill, as there are over 25,000 unique species and over 100,000 hybrids available to choose from.

The amount of tending needed for an orchid plant is not unlike what you would devote to other plants in your home. However, there are certain considerations for some types of orchids. Before you begin caring for orchids, it’s important that you know what you will need to do to provide proper care to your plant.

It would be difficult to find a plant with as lovely flowers as the orchid. They are very popular as house plants and this is one of the many reasons why. It is possible to maintain your orchid at the level you purchased it if you are careful to give it the proper care.

The most common orchid species is phaleanopsis orchid. This is the well-liked white or purple orchid; they are preferred due to the fact that they are easier to care for than some of the less common varieties of orchid plants.

If taken care of effectively according to care guidelines, most orchids can bloom for at least 3 months out of each year. Your orchid needs to get sunlight throughout the day, so it should be placed near a sunny window. However, midday sun can sometimes be too strong for orchids, so try to get your new plant only morning and evening sunlight to avoid any problems. The eastern side of your home is the best place to keep an orchid to ensure it doesn’t get too much midday light.

It is reasonable to substitute sunlight with fluorescent lighting. You should still be sure to limit the plant’s exposure to normal daylight hours and place your fluorescent bulbs at least 12 inches above your flower.

The optimum temperature for an orchid is between 55 degrees and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If your orchid is kept in weather that is over 90 degrees, it will either stop blooming or lose its buds. When caring for orchids temperature must be watched carefully.

Orchids must stay moist, however it is important to know that the roots should never be over watered, as this condition can actually kill off the floral blooms. The climate that you live in will regulate the frequency of the watering of your orchid. Most climates will require once a week watering in the winter months and twice a week watering in the warm or dry summer months.

If you can fertilize the plant prior to blooming, you will be able to keep your orchid in bloom for longer periods of time throughout the year. Fertilization isn’t needed again at this point once the orchid has gone into bloom. You should also take special care to prune your orchid while it is in bloom as another means of extending the length of your bloom time. If you prune at this time you will see a second set of flowers begin to develop.

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Caring for orchids can be very rewarding. When given the appropriate care and love orchid plants can beautify your home throughout their season. You will see that this hobby is tremendously enjoyable and very easy to get into by following these few helpful hints when caring for orchids.

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