Orchids – Care of Orchids and Feeding Orchids

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Feeding Orchids – Care of Orchids

When it comes to care of orchids, feeding orchids amazingly is a rather controversial matter and the beginner to orchid growing is advised not to feed their orchid plants at the start. Orchid plants grown in osmunda composts generally have enough nutriment provided for them, as this material breaks down very slowly. The various tree bark composts which can be used, are said to be lacking in some plant foods, so it is advisable to give weak applications of a liquid manure to the plants.

Some of the terrestrial types of orchids benefit from the addition of old cow manure to the compost. Examples of these specific types of orchids include the deciduous calanthes, thunia, lycaste and phaius. Cymbidiums and paphiopedilums, as well as the afore-mentioned genera, are able to take regular applications of weak liquid feeds.

When you are feeding orchids, care should be taken if they are to be fed – the weakest solution must always be used and then only given during the growing season, as well as only being given to those orchid plants with a full rooting system. The more feed an orchid plant is given, the more light it should be provided. As the climate in Britain does not always provide sufficient light for the ripening of orchid growths, these can frequently become soft as and when they are fed, and then disease problems can develop and the plants will fail to produce their usual number of flowers.


Orchids Care – Temperatures Required

The temperatures for the various sections within the greenhouse or orchid house must be regarded as being average only. During bright spells of weather, temperatures can frequently rise well above the stated maximum. In winter, the temperatures during the daytime should not be allowed to rise higher by forcing the heating system.

Warm section

In summer a temperature of about 70°F (21°C) at night and 70-80°F (21-27°C) during the day, higher during bright spells. In winter 65°F (18°C) at night and 70°F (21°C) during the day.

Intermediate section

In summer a temperature of about 65°F (18°C) at night and 65-70°F (18-21°C) during the day, higher during bright spells. In winter 55-60°F (13-16°C) at night and 60-65°F (16-18°C) during the day.

Cool section

In summer as near as possible to a temperature of 60°F (16°C) at night and during the day also. In winter at night, the temperature should go down to about  50°F (10°C) and 55-60°F (13-16°C) during the day. Cymbidiums prefer a winter night temperature minimum of 50°F (10°C); this can drop occasionally in very cold spells to 45°F (7°C). During the day 50-55°F (10-13°C). In summer at night a temperature as near 50-55°F (10-13°C) as possible and 55-60°F (13-16°C) during the day; this can rise to about 70°F (21°C) on particularly bright days.

Discover more about orchids:

1Orchid Cultivation Tips for the Orchid Grower

2Orchid Care Advice

22. October 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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