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Do you want to grow Vanda orchids in pots? If yes then you must know that secret of successful growing of Vanda orchids in pot lies in the care of its roots. I have also grown Vanda orchids in pots. It seems complex but with some care and by following some tips, it becomes simple and easy. Here are these tips:

  • Before bringing a Vanda orchid to your home, make sure that the plant is healthy and is not suffering from any visible problem like withered or discolored leaves and flowers.
  • Now you will shift Vanda orchid plant from container to your own clay pot. Fill your clay pot with large chunks of fir bark. Fir bark is needed to add in larger chunks as these chunks support potted orchid plants. As I mentioned earlier, roots of Vanda orchids grow outside container so if you see some roots outside existing container, spray them with water before putting plant in new pot. Misting the roots will make them more flexible and will save them from damaging while putting plant in new pot.
  • After doing this, you will now require choosing a suitable location for placing this pot. Vanda orchid pot should be placed in a moist location where it can receive air circulation as well as a lot of light. If you don’t know how much light Vanda orchid should have, you can see the leaves which indicate this fact by changing their appearance. If leaves become droopy, it indicates that Vanda orchid need more light. On the other hand, if leaves become red, it indicates that plant is receiving too much of light.
  • You will also require maintaining the humidity level in the location where your pot is located.   Humidity level should be kept at 80% and for this, you can use a humidifier. If you don’t have a humidifier, place potted plant on a tray filled with water and sand in equal parts. Continue replacing water in tray as it evaporates and measure accurate humidity level with a humidity meter.
  • Potted Vanda orchid should be watered daily in a way that medium soaks completely but medium should be dried in between two watering. During warmer weather conditions, water potted Vanda orchids more frequently as compared to that in cooler season.
  • Make sure that day time temperature does not exceed 95 degrees F and night temperature should be maintained between 60 and 70 degrees F.
  • Potted Vanda orchids will need to be fertilized once a week in summer but in winter fertilize once every two weeks. You can use all-purpose house plant fertilizer for this purpose. As far as amount of fertilizer is concerned, use 1/4th of amount suggested for houseplants.

These were some tips which are needed to follow to grow Vanda orchids in pots. Fulfill these requirements and have beautiful blue, red and yellow Vanda orchids in your home.

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Tropical orchids are actually uncommon plants whose structure distinguishes them from other plants. Tropical orchids are actually ornamental plants that are considered hard to care of. But you can make the process of taking care of orchids easy if you try to understand their nutritional requirements and habitat. Here I am going to provide you with some basic instructions that will help you take care of tropical orchids:

  • Most common tropical orchids are usually Dendrobiums, Cattleyas, Oncidiums and Vandas. Some of the species belonging to the above types are terrestrial but you will find that the majority of these are either epiphytic or lithophytic. Here I feel necessary to describe that epiphytic grow on tress while lithophytic grow on rocks while terrestrial grow on normal soil. Taking care of terrestrial tropical orchids is easy but to take care of epiphytic and lithophytic orchids is difficult. Most of these plants come from damp tropical rainforests of Asia, Australia and South America. You will have to keep in mind the natural habitats of tropical orchids before making a plan of their proper care.
  • Tropical orchids need bright light but too much exposure to sunlight may be harmful for them. Tropical orchids mostly grow under the shade of trees in rainforests so they don’t like direct sunlight. Vanda orchids require strong sunlight because they have small leaves. They can tolerate south-facing exposure with 30% shade while Dendrobiums, Cattleyas and Oncidiums require shadier conditions or morning sun.
  • Water and humidity is also required by tropical orchids but you should avoid wet conditions. Orchids like high humidity but they don’t want to be constantly wet. The ideal humidity level for tropical orchids is 50 to 75%. The best time to water tropical orchids is when you feel that the soil or growing medium has become dry. Only Vanda orchids require a humidity level up to 80% but other epiphytic and lithophytic orchids like to be dry in between watering. If you will leave your tropical orchids constantly soaked, it will be harmful for them as roots will rot and plants will suffer from various fungal diseases.
  • Tropical orchids should be protected from wind chills and at the same time, they should be provided with warm temperatures. Daytime temperature should be between 75 to 90 degrees F while night temperature should be not lower than 55 degrees F. If you are expecting that temperature will drop below 50 degrees, bring your tropical orchids indoors.
  • Air circulation is also a basic requirement of tropical orchids. Ventilation is necessary to keep the plants roots dry. Tropical orchids naturally grow among tree branches where there is much air circulation so you will be required to provide them the same conditions. So hang orchids in well-ventilated areas keeping in mind that too mush of wind can also lead to dryness.
  • Tropical orchids will need to be fertilized often but at the same time, in moderation. Use those fertilizers that are specific for tropical orchids but if you are using all-purpose fertilizers then dilute it to half the strength and apply it weekly instead of every two weeks.

These were some basic requirements which you should fulfill if you really want to take care of your tropical orchids in the best possible way.

Mokara orchid is a hybrid of Ascocentrum, Arachnis and Vanda orchids and was first grown in 1969 in Singapore. Mokara orchid is among those orchid types which are very easy to grow and once these orchids are grown with care, they produce beautiful and exotic-looking blooms. If you are also interested in growing Mokara orchids in your home then this post is going to be proved very helpful for you because this post contains the basic tips for growing Mokara orchids.

Choosing Mokara Orchids: Before purchasing a Mokara orchid for growing, make sure that you have carefully noticed its leaves and roots. Roots of Mokara orchid should be healthy and plump without having withered tips. As far as leaves are concerned, they should be green and strong. These two features indicate that a Mokara orchid is healthy enough to be grown in your home.

Location: Mokara orchids are mostly grown indoors so place the pot containing Mokara orchids in an east-facing window so that it can receive full sunlight in morning. Orchids have a heavy top so you can place a few river rocks around the base of pot to prevent your orchid from leaning over.

Watering: Mokara orchids should be watered in morning. While watering, you are required to ensure that you are running room temperature water through the potting mix for quite a few minutes. Yes, Mokara orchids should be watered in this manner. During hot weather, water Mokara orchids several times a week. Another thing you need to keep in mind is that your Mokara orchid should never stand in water as it is harmful for their growth.

Fertilizing: After watering thoroughly, fertilize orchids with 50% dilution of 30-10-10 orchid fertilizer. Fertilize after every four days in their growing season that starts in spring and ends in fall but during winter, Mokara orchids need to be fertilized only once a month.

Air Circulation: After setting a fan at Low, place it in the room containing Mokara orchids as good air circulation and humidity helps Mokara orchids in tolerating high temperatures.

That was all about growing Mokara orchids. These tips are proven and quite reliable to grow Mokara orchids so follow these with full faith and have beautiful Mokara orchids in your home.

Vanilla orchid is a tropical plant and likes humid conditions to grow well. This plant produces flowers and seeds pods from which we get vanilla extract. It is the only type of orchid that grows in form of vine. Depending on different varieties, vanilla orchid plants can grow up to ten feet tall. Although vanilla plant is tropical, with some efforts it can be grown in any climate. Today’s post is all about growing vanilla orchid plants so if you are an orchid lover, you will definitely love this post:

  • Start process of growing vanilla plants by setting the cuttings in potting mix and wood mulch. You are required to set the cuttings deeply enough so that roots are covered.
  • Now insert a wooden stake next to the plant and then tie plant to stake. Are you thinking why it is necessary to tie plant with a wooden stake? As I mentioned earlier, vanilla plants grow in form of vine, so it needs to be attached with a stake for support.
  • Next, you will require setting up hot and humid place for growing your vanilla plant. As these plants are tropical, they require damp environment to grow well. As far as temperature requirements are concerned, vanilla plants require 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit in day time while at night they like a temperature between 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. To provide such an environment to the plants, you will require using heating lamp and glasshouse. You can find these things at any nursery near your home.
  • Your vanilla plant will also need a good fertilizer to grow healthily. Fertilize vanilla plants with a fertilizer having equal quantities of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus in it.
  • Vanilla plants require to be watered twice or thrice a week but while watering ensure that soil gets wet but not over-watered. Over-watering will damage roots of your vanilla plant. To maintain a humid environment, I will suggest you misting the glasshouse every few days.
  • Pollinate the flowers with hands within 12 hours of their opening. You will do this with the help of a thin bamboo skewer. All you need to do is that you will have to lift the flap of flower and then press the skewer against anther. Anther is the part of flower that contains pollen grains. After brushing pollen on stigma, pollination process will start to produce pods.
  • When you see that bean pods have ripened, remove them from plant and enfold them in dark but clean cloth. After doing this, you will need to expose these beans to sunlight for 5 to 6 hours every day. After exposing beans to light, wrap them again in cloth and repeat the process of drying for approximately two weeks.
  • After two weeks, place beans at a clean and cool place for final drying. Your vanilla pods will now become ready to be used.

Follow above mentioned steps to grow vanilla plants in your garden. These tips are really useful and reliable so you can follow them without any hesitation.

Are you worried about the care of your black jewel orchids???? Don’t worry. I myself grew black jewel orchids in my home and did a lot of search on tips to take care black jewel orchids. During my search, I found a number of useful tips which I also used to take proper care of my black jewel orchids. For your help and convenience, I will share these tips with you:

  • According to my research and experience, black jewel orchids require low light level because too much light will spoil color of its leaves and they will start looking dull. If leaves of your black jewel orchids have become yellowish or reddish then it means that they are receiving more light than required. Moreover if you are feeling that leaves are warmer than surrounding air, it also means that plants are receiving too much light so be careful in this regard and place a thin curtain to protect plant from excessive sunlight.
  • Black jewel orchids should be watered early in morning so that it may become dry before night. I made a mistake of watering my plants in afternoon and as a result wet leaves of my plants caught nighttime chills so don’t do this mistake. I will add one more thing here. Always remember that wet leaves are easily attacked by fungus so water plants twice a week in summer and once a week in winter season. Make sure that you are keeping potting medium moist instead of wet. I will recommend you to use rainwater for watering purpose instead of tap water as rainwater contains fluoride.
  • Black jewel orchids require well-draining potting medium so I will suggest you to use a mixture of bark and coconut peat along with frayed isolite. These plants also grow in regular potting soil that is mixed with peat moss, gravel or sand.
  • As far as fertilizing is concerned, black jewel orchids need to be fertilized during their growing season to boost up flowering. While fertilizing, make sure that you have watered the plants because fertilizers can burn plant roots.
  • If orchids are grown indoors, they can be easily attacked by pests like mealy bugs, scale and spider mites. To control pest attack, use soapy water instead of those insecticides containing harsh chemicals. Solution should be directly sprayed on insects to kill them all. To kill mealy bugs and scale, use rubbing alcohol.

That was all about taking care of black jewel orchids. You can follow these tips with full faith as they have followed by me as well.

Black orchids are not actually black but they look like black because of their dark blue color. Many amateur and professional gardeners grow black orchids in their garden. I have also grown black orchids and collected a number of tips to grow them properly. If you are also interested in growing black orchids then read this post as I have shared some important tips here:

Potting and Soil Requirements: After purchasing black orchids, plant then in a pot having appropriate size and sufficient soil required by these plants.

Location: Black orchids need to be placed in a shady area because if they are exposed to too much sunlight, they can be burnt permanently. When I grew black orchids for the first time, I made this mistake by placing my orchids in direct sunlight but after it, I made a lot of research and came to know that most of the orchids need about 60% of shade.

Temperature: I will also recommend you to keep orchids in a pleasant and stable temperature so during day time temperature should be 65 to 85 degree Fahrenheit and night temperature should be between 55 and 75 Fahrenheit.

Watering: Black orchids should be watered when they need it so don’t over-water them and make sure that you are not watering its flowers directly. Actually this plants tells itself when it needs to be watered. Black orchids should be watered when you feel that its leaves are becoming wrinkled. With the passage of time, you will come to know how much water your black orchids need.

Fertilizing: Fertilize black orchids every couple of weeks for which you are required to find a good fertilizer. As far as fertilizing instructions are concerned, you can see the labels on fertilizer bags.

Repotting: When you feel that your black orchids are over-growing, re-pot them. Also re-pot them when their pot becomes unable to support black orchid plant.

Follow these tips to grow black orchids successfully. I assure you that following these tips will enable you to have beautiful black orchids in your garden.

Moth orchids are epiphytic as they cling to trees and get dampness from trees bark instead of growing in soil. These orchids are mostly grown in houses and need special care to make them bloom. Do you also want to make your moth orchids bloom? Are you looking for some simple tips to make it possible? Don’t worry as this post contains simple and helpful instructions in this regard:

  • Moth orchids should be planted in such an orchid mix that is made for epiphytic orchids and this mix should be able to retain dampness. You will also require keeping the mix damp all times. Since moth orchids don’t store water, their roots need to be moisturized.
  • Moth orchids don’t like direct sunlight so place them in brightly-lit area that is out of reach of direct sunlight. For this, a brightly-lit window will prove to be the best. Proper lighting is necessary to make moth orchids bloom.
  • Humidity requirements for moth orchids also need to be considered carefully so keep humidity level at approximately 50% to 80%. To make moth orchids bloom quickly, place a humidifier in room.
  • While moth orchid is growing, you are required to fertilize it once a month with an orchid fertilizer. If you want to encourage blooming process, I will recommend you to add 1 tea spoon of water soluble fertilizer to the potting mix before watering moth orchids.
  • Let’s come toward the temperature requirements. During day time, temperature should be between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit while at night temperature should be relatively less and it should be between 60 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool nighttime temperature encourages moth orchid to bloom quickly.

Follow above mentioned instructions with proper care to make your moth orchid bloom quickly and beautifully.