Tips for a Successful Garden – Orchids

In our opinion orchids rank among some of nature’s most beautiful flowers. Once you understand their basic needs it’s easy to grow them yourself.

Most orchids require a moist, well draining media. There are several different types. A basic mix for growing orchids consists of coarse perlite, fir bark, and sphagnum moss. Different orchard varieties require different grades of bark. For instance, young orchids do best in a fine bark.

If you are growing orchids indoors make sure they have ample water, but they should be allowed to dry out between waterings. They also need adequate humidity, about 50 to 70%. If your environment tends to be dry you can increase the humidity by simply placing a pebble filled saucer under the orchid’s pot. In addition, you might find it helps if you mist the plant daily or get a humidifier.

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You’ll want to supply your orchids with east to south facing windows. Too little light can result in poor flowering, while too much light can scorch the leaves. Temperature is also important—orchids prefer the temperature to be about 10 degrees cooler at night than it is during the day.


Feeding your orchid plant

We recommend using “Watch Us Grow” all purpose liquid plant food, at a rate of 1 teaspoon per gallon of water. Feed your orchids weekly while they are producing new growth, and decrease feeding to monthly after they mature.

Additionally, orchids need to be repotted about every other year. Watch out for pests like aphids, mealybugs, or scale: these can usually be treated (and washed off) with an insecticidal soap.

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