orchids were once considered very exotic and difficult to grow,
the availability of hardier varieties have grown by leaps and
bounds in recent years, evidenced by the fact that beautiful orchid
plants are now regularly on sale at local supermarkets and probably
even in your neighborhood grocers.
With their popularity also growing year after year, millions of houseplant
lovers have recently found that orchids make the perfect house
or office plant (with traditional bragging rights) when lovingly
cared for and given the proper levels of light, water, and humidity.
the easiest orchids to grow?
caring for orchid plants naturally begins with choosing the hardiest
varieties. If you have recently bought or been given a gift of
an orchid plant, most likely it is the Phalaenopsis variety.
Also known as the butterfly or moth orchid, the phalaenopsis is
a favorite among florists and greenhouse growers for their ease
- Potted orchids thrive in high humidity, although hardier varieties
will be happy with a daily misting. Alternatively, place the pot
in deep tray and fill it with gravel to catch the water runoff
to provide a constant source of humidity.
- In their natural habitat, orchids thrive in periods of complete
drenching rain alternating with a thorough drying out. Keep orchids
happy with a ONCE A WEEK dousing, and then allow the roots access
to life-giving oxygen before watering again.
- Orchids love warmth, although many varieties have
been found to adapt to a wide variety of temperatures - ranging
anywhere from 50 to 85 degrees - when also given proper amounts
of light and humidity.
- Although store-bought orchids can stand some hours
of mild morning sun, they are usually happiest when given bright
but indirect light for most of the day.
During the growing season, lightly feed with an all-purpose houseplant
fertilizer about once a month, or follow directions found with
fertilizers specifically formulated for orchids.
I repot orchids?
In fact, since
many store-bought orchids come in plastic pots, many experts recommend
repotting in clay pots to increase air circulation to the roots.
Repot only when blooming season is over, and use a light, well-aerated
Why are orchid leaves turning yellow?
may be several reasons (including too much direct sunlight, cold
drafts, or simply older leaves dying off) the most likely one
is overwatering. Inspect the soil to see if root rot has occurred
and, if so, it is probably too late to save it. Otherwise, avoid
the temptation to smother your orchid with love and attention
and remember to allow the potting medium to dry out thoroughly
my orchid buds dry up and fall off?
may be the culprit although "bud blast" may be caused
by a variety of factors including extremes of light or temperature,
too low humidity, or too much fertilizer. Chemical
odors such as found in a newly painted room, carpet cleaner, or
furniture polish may also interrupt blooming and cause the buds