Orchid Flowers

Basics of Growing Orchids

Posted on: November 8, 2010

Orchid is not a new name for garden lovers and nature lovers. It is one of the most desired flower plants among gardeners. Orchid flowers are most beautiful and sophisticated flowers but growing these flowers needs special care and attention. Gardeners are required to provide them with most accurate atmospheric conditions. There are several types of orchid flowers plants and each type has different features. If you carefully observe needs of your orchid plant then your orchids will really embellish your garden. You must be aware of commonly grown types of orchid flower plants. These types include:

  • Phalaenopsis
  • Paphiopedilum
  • Dendrobrium
  • Oncidium
  • Vanda
  • Epidendrum

Here is information about basic needs of orchids that should be in knowledge of all gardeners and flowers lovers:

Humidity

Orchid plants need about 60% of humidity. Greenhouse is the best place to grow orchid plants as there is best humidity level for orchid plants. You can also grow these plants in humidity tray that can be bought from store. You can also make your humidity tray at home. Take a saucer or tray and fill it with water and rocks and keep orchids in it.

Light and Air

If you are growing orchids inside then sunlight is not required but ventilation is very important for indoor orchids. Switch on the fan or open window of room to keep your orchids free from pest and bacteria.

Water Needs

Keep checking the roots of your orchids to know if it needs water. Filtered water is best option to keep your orchids fresh. Prefer week fertilizer solution for your orchids. Wait for 3-4 watering intervals after one fertilizer to next fertilizer application. If you maintain this routine of watering and fertilizer application then you will keep your orchids in good health.

Temperature

This is the feature that can be compromised with as it is not important for orchid growth. Some orchids need warm temperature but most of orchid plants are friendlier to cool temperature. If you feel that your orchids got hotter than cool them with water.

Potting Needs

Change their pots after every 1-2 year. It is the best time to change the pot when you see your plant has become old.

Pests

Decide which pesticide you will apply either natural or artificial. If you have decided to use artificial one, then identify the pests and select pesticide accordingly. Do these precautions to prevent your orchid from pests and bacteria:

  • Repot your orchids
  • Blend some dish washer in water. Remember the water’s quantity should be much more.
  • Make a mixture of water and bleach. Water’ quantity should be in greater proportion.
  • Another very important remedy for indoor orchids is to keep only inside the house.
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