A healthy orchid is a beautiful orchid

Orchid

Many people are put off by the idea of growing orchids, as they are convinced orchids are difficult to grow. This is a myth and with the right care orchids can be grown quite easily. There are 25,000 species and 100,000 different hybrids to choose from, so with some research, you’ll be able to find a plant that’s well suited to the environment you will be growing it in.

Choose carefully

Picking an orchid can be a difficult task, as you need to be aware of your orchid’s needs. Choose an orchid that fits into your environment at home, while also choosing one that will blossom into a colour of your liking. Next, you need to manage the amount of light that your orchid is receiving, whether the light is natural or artificial. Some orchids can bloom for up to three months, given the right amount of light, and placing your orchids near a window will give them the maximum amount of light needed. Direct sunlight can damage your orchid, as the leaves can burn easily, so try and set up a curtain or a schedule to reduce the amount of light the orchid receives.

Temperature

Another important factor in growing an orchid is temperature regulation. The ideal temperature for an orchid is anywhere from 13-27 degrees Celsius, with the exact temperature depending on the orchid itself. If the growing temperature is higher than recommended, the buds will drop and the orchid won’t bloom. Watering the plant will help cool the temperature if needed, and air circulation will do wonders for your orchid.

The final factor to remember is nourishment for your orchid. Orchids receive the energy from both sunlight and food, and needs to be fed regularly just before they bloom. A solution of water and fertiliser is usual, and be sure to water the soil before feeding it. A healthy orchid will blossom magnificently, and make the effort worthwhile.

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