Orchids have quickly become a favorite among houseplants due to their gorgeous blooms and their variety in species, colors and sizes. Like any other plant, orchids require the correct growing conditions in order to thrive. Part of offering your orchid the right growing conditions is giving your orchid the right amount of water. Since the amount of water required for your orchid can vary between different species of orchids, it is important to research your particular plant. But, it is helpful to understand orchids in general and where they come from.
Orchid plants are typically found in tropical areas of the globe. The areas where many orchid plants are found receive a tremendous amount of rain. It can also be very humid in their native habitats. In fact, the ideal humidity level for most orchid plants is 80%. Considering that a room that is kept at 80% humidity would be extremely uncomfortable for most human beings, you need to find other strategies in order to keep your orchids happy and healthy. An easy way to humidify your orchids is to provide them with a constant supply of water. Orchid owners can purchase a deep saucer and some pebbles. You should pour the pebbles into the saucer. Set your orchid pot on top of the pebbles within the saucer and then water the pebbles. Make sure that the water never touches the actual orchid pot. By doing this you are able to set up an artificial high-humidity climate around your orchids.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when caring for orchids is over watering them. Generally it is assumed by some owners that when the potting soil looks dry, the plant needs to be watered. This is not true especially when it comes to orchids. Although the potting bark may appear dry, the bark itself holds moisture. The rule of thumb is to water your orchid plant once a week or once every other week, sparingly.
When growing an orchid plant in your home, you should let the potting bark dry out completely before watering again. Some species of orchids grow on the trunks and branches of trees. In their native habitats it is normal for their roots to dry out before being given water again. Orchid plants also need to be fertilized but sparingly as well. You can buy orchid fertilizer at most garden shops or an orchid store within your area. Creating a good routine for watering and fertilizing your orchid is an excellent way to guarantee that you will be able to enjoy these exotic plants for a very long time.
Orchids will thrive in your home environment if they are given the proper care including the right amount of potting bark, the right amount of water, the proper amount of sunlight and if they are fertilized occasionally. Although they are quite beautiful, they can also be temperamental. But, by understanding how to care for them properly, orchids are not that complicated and you can grow these exotic and beautiful plants within your home.
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