Orchids have become one of the most favorite houseplants. There are many different species of orchids that can be found naturally and there are even more species of hybrid orchids available . They are not difficult to grow with the proper amount of care including water, light, fertilizer and air. While many species of orchids do enjoy cooler conditions, several species do quite well in temperatures that are around 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
One of the easiest orchids to grow is the Phalaenopsis orchid plant. This species of orchid adapts well to the environment of a home or office. Different species of the orchid’s flowers will last for different amounts of time. From the time that the first Phalaenopsis bud opens, the sprays will remain in bloom for the next two to three months.Where as, the flowers on a Cattleyas orchid plant may last up to a month in bloom from the time that the bud opens. Some species of orchids will bloom once a year, while other species bloom several times a year and some even bloom continuously.
Another aspect of orchids that makes them so popular is their fragrance. Some orchids have wonderful aromas. But, the scents from fragrant orchid flowers vary considerably. Some species of orchid plants are subtle while other species can be quite overpowering. The scents can range from fruity to flowery. More amazing is the fact that many orchids have familiar aromas such as chocolate, raspberry, coconut, lilac or citrus.
Orchids should be planted in bark rather then typical potting soil because potting soil cuts off the air circulation at the roots and blocks the drainage of the water. They can also be grown in New Zealand sphagnum moss. Orchids need to be grown in pots that will supply good drainage. They should also be watered about once or twice a week. During the summer, your orchid plant may need to be watered more frequently about every four to five days. A good rule of thumb to follow is the more heat, the more water you should give your orchid. The less heat, the less amount of water. Orchid plants that are potted in New Zealand sphagnum moss should be water less often then those planted in bark. These plants can be watered once every seven to ten days.
Depending upon the species of orchid, they prefer a lot of light that is not too strong. They do very well sitting in an east-facing window. Since many orchid species can be found naturally in tropical conditions, they are use to receiving both sun and shade. Orchids that are suffering from either too much light will display yellowing leaves. If this occurs you should increase the shade that your orchid receives. Orchid yellow leaves may also indicate insufficient feeding. Orchid plants can be fertilized on a regular basis about every other week. You should also water your orchid plant before applying the diluted nutrient solution if the potting media is too dry.
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