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Growing Orchids for Beginners

Posted May 3rd, 2016 by Robin Nichols in

Orchids are great plants and are always a welcome addition to the home. They are extremely beautiful and can brighten up any room with their flowers. The main problem though is that many people buy orchids and treat them like any other plant. This is a mistake many make because orchids are as delicate as they are beautiful and need to be well taken care of in order to flower and bloom properly. Growing orchids for beginners can be easy and you can’t fail using the tips below.

Watering

Water is perhaps the most important aspect in beginners orchid care. They need to be watered periodically,
usually once a week. Many beginner orchid carers make the mistake of over watering. Most orchids have very efficient root systems so will not need as much water as many other types of plants.

If you are a beginner growing orchids, use the following guide to know when and how much watering your plant will need:

Cattleya, oncidium and dendrobium orchids like to dry out between watering. An easy way to water is to put the plant in the sink and let water flow through the plant for about 20-30 seconds. Remember, let the water drain from the plant before putting it back into the decorative pot.

Plhalaenopsis orchids like to almost dry out between watering. To decide on the next watering is to stick your finger about an inch into the medium which should feel spongy and not bone dry.

Growing orchids like Paphiopedilum and epidendrum should be slightly moist so that watering can be twice a week.

Humidity

If you have low humidity in your home it can be a very good idea to mist the orchid occasionally or use a humidity tray, you can pick these up from any gardening store. Many orchid growers forget this step when they are beginning so make sure you aren’t one of them.

Lighting

Growing orchids for beginners requires the right light. It is the next most important element to growing orchid plants after watering. Generally most orchids will do really well in medium light behind blinds or curtains. Around 4 hours of light per day is a good amount. Of course different types of orchids may require different types of light (and you can learn more about this by following the link at the bottom of this article)

Temperature

Almost all orchid will be ok at room temperature. A tip for beginner orchid growers is not to put your orchid in any extreme temperatures, hot or cold. There should never be greater than a 10 degree fluctuation between temperatures during a full day.

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