Orchid Facts

Orchids have very easily become one of the most favourite houseplants for individuals to grow. There are many different varieties of orchids that can be found naturally and even more hybrids. They are not difficult to raise with the right amount of care which would include water, light, fertilizer and air. While many kinds of orchids prefer cooler conditions, several orchid species do particularly well in temperatures that are between 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

growing orchids - orchid information One of the fastest growing orchids is the Phalaenopsis orchid plant. This particular species of orchid adapts well to growing in the home. Different species of orchid flowers will last for different lengths of time. From the time that the first Phalaenopsis bud opens, the sprays will remain in bloom for the next two or even three months. Whereas, the flowers on a Cattleyas orchid plant may only last up to a month in bloom from the time that the bud opens. Some species of orchid will only flower once a year, while other species will bloom several times a year and some even flower continuously.

Another aspect of orchids that makes them so common is their scent. Some orchids are wonderfully fragrant. But, the scents from fragrant orchid flowers are extremely variable. Some species of orchid plants are subtle and other species are extremely robust. The scents can range from spicy to lavish. More amazing if the fact that many orchids have familiar aromas such as chocolate, raspberry, coconut, lilac or citrus.

Orchids should be selected and planted in bark rather then typically potting soil. They can also be grown in New Zealand sphagnum moss. Orchids need to be grown in pots that will give them with good drainage. Typical potting soil is awful for orchid plants because it cuts off air circulation at the roots and hinders the drainage of the water. They should also be well watered about once or twice a week. During the summer, your orchid plant may need to be watered more frequently about every four to five days. A good principle to follow is the more heat, the more water you should give your orchid. The less heat, the less amount of water. Orchid plants that are potted in New Zealand sphagnum moss should be properly watered less often then those planted in bark. These plants can be watered once every seven to ten days.

Based on the species of orchid, they prefer a lot of light that is not too strong. They do very well sitting in an east facing window. Since many orchid species can be found naturally in tropical conditions, they are used to receiving both shade and sun. Sun exposure that is too strong. Orchids that are troubled from either too much light will display yellowing leaves. If this occurs you should increase the shade that your orchid will get. Yellowing of orchid leaves may also indicate insufficient feeding. Orchid plants should be fertilized on a regular basis about every other week. You should also water your orchid plant prior to applying the diluted nutrient solution if the potting media is dry.

Discover more about:

1Types of Orchids and Growing Orchids

2Orchid Care and Feeding Orchids

12. September 2010 by John Chance
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