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A Quick Guide to Growing Orchids

Mar 28, 2008
If you select the right orchid for your hometown climate, you can be sure to grow bright and beautiful orchids in your own home. This is provided of course, if you look after the orchids correctly. You will still need to provide the right amount of light, water, temperature and humidity to ensure that your orchids bloom.

Sunshine

You should place your orchid in an area which receive large amount of sunlight most of the day and is away from any sort of drafts. A window sill that is exposed to the sun all day is an excellent choice.

If you don't have a suitable window or don't live in a sunny climate you can try using fluorescent lighting. You should keep the lights on for at least 12 hours to get the best results as far as growth and blooming is concerned.

Watering Your Orchid

For most orchids, you should water your plant only when the soil is dry. However, some orchids can tolerate soaked soil and in fact, can flourish in it. However, check the watering requirements for your species of orchid.

What is the right temperature for your orchid?

Again, what temperature your orchid needs varies from species to species. Most commercially available orchids need temperatures in the 60 degrees F mark and harder to grow species require 70 degrees F or more. You orchid doesn't like the cold. Be sure to keep it warm during cold nights.

The Right Humidity Level

Placing pots of orchid plants on decorative pebbles in a water-filled tray increases the humidity level to a desirable degree. You can also regular "mist" your plants with a spray bottle filled with distilled water but be careful not to soak them or you will risk fungal diseases developing.
About the Author
Orchid lovers who are looking for articles on growing orchids for beginners or where to buy orchids can obtain a wide range of easy to grow orchids from Jared Mair's internet orchid store.
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