HOW TO GROW ORCHID
Updated: May 30, 2020
Do you have beautiful orchid at home but not sure how to care for them? Don’t worry we have some tips for orchid beginners.
Orchids represent the largest family of flowering plants on Earth, with more than 25,000 species and over 200,000 hybrids. Their diversity is unparalleled due to their ability to adapt and the longevity of their lifespan. Fossilized orchids have been found dating back millions of years.
While orchids can be found from the arctic tundra to the equator, most cultivated species are native to the tropics. They generally grow high in trees rather than the forest floor which is why they require specific lighting and air circulation for healthy growth. If you take the climate of their environment and the location of their natural habitat into consideration, it becomes easier to understand the basic care requirements of orchids.
Most orchids bloom annually, but if they are really happy, they may bloom more often.
More orchidsare killed by over-watering than drought.
Orchids usually remain in bloom for six to ten weeks.
Many orchids deal poorly with re-potting, and usually will not flower for at least a year after they have been disturbed.
Are orchids difficult to grow?
Many of them are. In fact, some are almost impossible to keep alive, much less bring into bloom—even for professional growers. But there are dozens of varieties of orchids, and hundreds of hybrids, that are perfectly happy growing on a sunny windowsill or under lights.
For beginner, start by choosing one of the less fussy varieties that is adapted to the type of growing conditions you can provide. Buy the most mature plant you can afford (young plants are much more difficult to please), and, if possible, buy it in bloom, so you’ll know what you’re striving for.
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