Orchids, like many other types of houseplants, have very specific needs including light, water and nutrition. One of the most important aspects in regards to the overall health of your orchid plant is the kind of light that it receives. The amount of light can vary depending upon the species. Since orchids naturally are found within the tropical areas of the globe, they generally require a great deal of diffused light to thrive. The tropical areas they originated from normally have distinct patterns of sun and shade throughout the day. Therefore, in order to provide your orchids the cooler morning diffused light and prevent them from burning in the strong afternoon sun, place your orchid in an easterly facing window, where it should receive at least twelve hours of light per day. Granted, this is sometimes not feasible due to the very strong afternoon sun. However, your particular situation may be different.
In order to determine the growing conditions your specific orchid species will require, you will need to find out as much information about your particular orchid. There are several ways to go about doing this. First, talk to the nursery where you purchased your plant. Pick their brains with as much orchid growing instructions as possible. While you are doing your research, look up information about your orchid species online to find what would be best for your situation before you even purchase your plant. Some orchids thrive on receiving a lot of sun. While other species of orchids will wilt if they don’t get the required shade.
Among orchid growers there are two distinct ways to decipher which orchids like what type of light. Soft growing orchids mean they thrive in shady conditions. Hard growing orchids thrive in sunny conditions. Typically an orchid that requires soft or shady growing conditions will offer their owners the enjoyment of a healthy and thriving plant, but the blooms will tend to be small and infrequent. On the other hand, orchids that are grown in hard or sunny conditions will produce many blooms, but not many plants. There you will most likely find stunted orchid yellow leaves on such a plant.
One way of ensuring that your orchid will get the correct amount of light is to use a glow-light. By purchasing a grow light and a timer you will be ensured on providing your orchids the correct amounts of both light and darkness. It is also possible to use a florescent light to offer your orchids a light source that is not too over powering for their needs. For years it was thought that experienced horticulturists could only successfully grow orchids. But, with these simple tips of giving your orchids the right kind of light necessary, even the most inexperienced growers can now grow orchids. With a full understanding of the type of species, along with the natural sunlight, a grow light or florescent lights, you will be able to produce a gorgeous orchid plant that will give you wonderful, full blooms throughout their blooming season.
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