Growing Orchids

If you can grow house plants you already know the basics of growing orchids. 

Orchids are one of the modern house plants. They come in a variety of sizes and flower colors.

Growing Orchids and How to Care for Orchids is EasyBeautiful Cattleya Orchid

Orchid care is easy. Just like any other house plant they need;

Light

Water

House Temperatures

and they like a little Fertilizer, too.







getting started growing orchids

When starting out buy mature plants

Many orchids take several years before they flower.

With mature plants you can enjoy these beautiful gifts of God without waiting for years.

Phalaenopsis are an exception, they flower while they are very young.

But even a young phalaenopsis may take a year to flower.

So to be safe, purchase orchid plants that are already flowering.

Growing Orchids and How to Care for Orchids is EasyBeautiful Cattleya Orchid

Orchid care is easy. Just like any other house plant they need;

Light   ---   Water

House Temperatures 

and they like a little Fertilizer, too.



getting started growing orchids

When starting out buy mature plants

Many orchids take several years before they flower.

With mature plants you can enjoy these beautiful gifts of God without waiting for years.

Phalaenopsis are an exception, they flower while they are very young.

But even a young phalaenopsis may take a year to flower.

So to be safe, purchase orchid plants that are already flowering.


Watering Orchids

Correct watering is the most important part of taking care of orchids.

I learned the hard way how to water orchids, learn from my mistakes.

  • In order to prevent leaf disease water early in the day.
  • Don't water until the potting medium is dry on top.
  • Water until you see water coming out of the bottom of the pot.
  • Give the plant a chance to dry out before you water again.
  • If the roots stay constantly wet, they will rot and die.
  • Too much water is the most common cause of orchid death.
  • Not enough water is better than too much.
  • Terrestrial orchids and epiphytic orchids have different requirements.
Learning how to water orchidsDon't Water If The Pot Still Feels Heavy
Terrestrial Orchids such as Phals need constant moistureDon't Water If The Pot Still Feels Heavy
  • In order to prevent leaf disease water early in the day.
  • Don't water until the potting medium is dry on top.
  • Water until you see water coming out of the bottom of the pot.
  • Give the plant a chance to dry out before you water again.
  • If the roots stay constantly wet, they will rot and die.
  • Too much water is the most common cause of orchid death.
  • Not enough water is better than too much.
  • Terrestrial orchids and epiphytic orchids have different requirements.

Learn from my mistakes and growing orchids will be easy for you.


Fertilizing Orchids

Use an orchid fertilizer about three times during the warm growing months.

  • Make sure there is moisture around the roots of the orchid before applying fertilizer.
  • It the plant is dry without enough water in its system, the fertilizer will be too strong and will result in burning the orchid.
     
  • If the plant is dry, water it one day and fertilize it the following day to prevent fertilizer burn.

Fertilizer is called "plant food" but it is just actually salts and minerals. Plants pick up water and minerals (fertilizer) through the roots, but they require carbohydrates for food.

The carbohydrates (food) for the plant are produced in the leaves of the plant by photosynthesis. Photosynthesis only works with light.

Fertilizing OrchidsBeautiful Phaleanopsis

Orchids need light to make them grow and flower. A lack of light means not enough food to produce the beautiful orchid flowers.

Fertilizing OrchidsBeautiful Phaleanopsis
  • Make sure there is moisture around the roots of the orchid before applying fertilizer.
  • It the plant is dry without enough water in its system, the fertilizer will be too strong and will result in burning the orchid.
     
  • If the plant is dry, water it one day and fertilize it the following day to prevent fertilizer burn.

Fertilizer is called "plant food" but it is just actually salts and minerals. Plants pick up water and minerals (fertilizer) through the roots, but they require carbohydrates for food.

The carbohydrates (food) for the plant are produced in the leaves of the plant by photosynthesis. Photosynthesis only works with light.

Orchids need light to make them grow and flower. A lack of light means not enough food to produce the beautiful orchid flowers.


Light for Orchids

Growing orchids need bright, diffused light.

In nature they grow in or under trees in dappled sunlight. Rarely would you find them growing in the direct sun.

Our homes provide the diffused light they require.

You should place them at or near a window, in a porch, patio or in a sun room.

East and south facing windows are good for growing orchids.

Paphiopedilum species do not require high light to grow and flowerPaphiopdeilum Species
Paphiopedilum species do not require high light to grow and flowerPaphiopdeilum Species

In nature they grow in or under trees in dappled sunlight. Rarely would you find them growing in the direct sun.

Our homes provide the diffused light they require.

You should place them at or near a window, in a porch, patio or in a sun room.

East and south facing windows are good for growing orchids.

too much light

West windows get too hot and may cause the plant to burn.

Only use west windows that have an awnings or shade cloth.

The danger of too much hot sun is that the plant will transpire (evaporate water from the leaves) in an effort to cool itself.

If the orchid plant can't keep up or if it runs out of water, the leaves will burn.

The only type of orchid maybe, safe to grow in a west window would be a dendrobium orchid or the mule-ear type of oncidium because they have heavy leaves.


Cattleya Orchids require high lightCattleyas Require High Light
Cattleya Orchids require high lightCattleyas Require High Light

Only use west windows that have an awnings or shade cloth.

The danger of too much hot sun is that the plant will transpire (evaporate water from the leaves) in an effort to cool itself.

If the orchid plant can't keep up or if it runs out of water, the leaves will burn.

The only type of orchid maybe, safe to grow in a west window would be a dendrobium orchid or the mule-ear type of oncidium because they have heavy leaves.


Not Enough Light

North windows may not provide enough light for orchids.

Some paphiopedilums may be an exception, but put them right up by the window.

If the orchids do not flower, move them to another location. If there is not enough light where you are growing orchids, they may grow leaves, but they won't flower.

If you don't have windows for growing orchids, you could put them under artificial lights, florescent lights.

Make sure you buy a full spectrum light that is made for growing plants.

Paphiopedlium Orchids may grow in North windowsLady Slippers May Grow In Low Light
Paphiopedlium Orchids may grow in North windowsLady Slippers May Grow In Low Light

Some paphiopedilums may be an exception, but put them right up by the window.

If the orchids do not flower, move them to another location. If there is not enough light where you are growing orchids, they may grow leaves, but they won't flower.

If you don't have windows for growing orchids, you could put them under artificial lights, florescent lights.

Make sure you buy a full spectrum light that is made for growing plants.


Temperature for Growing Orchids

Caring for orchids in the home is easy because orchids like the same temperatures people enjoy, 60-80 degrees.

Cattleyas, dendrobiums, onciduims and hybrid paphiopedilums like 55-60 at night and 65-75 during the day.

Phalaenopsis, vandas, and tropical paphiopedilums like 60-65 at night and 70-85 during the day.

Many orchids will not flower properly if the temperature is maintained below 60 degrees.

However, paphiopedilums and cymbidiums are cooler growing orchids. They would be happy at 50-55 during the night, and 60-70 during the day.

During the winter keep the cool loving orchids growing near the window glass.

Keep the orchids that like it warmer away from the window, so they get the warmth from the room.

Orchids like our house temperaturesCattleya Orchid
Orchids like our house temperaturesCattleya Orchid

Cattleyas, dendrobiums, onciduims and hybrid paphiopedilums like 55-60 at night and 65-75 during the day.

Phalaenopsis, vandas, and tropical paphiopedilums like 60-65 at night and 70-85 during the day.

Many orchids will not flower properly if the temperature is maintained below 60 degrees.

However, paphiopedilums and cymbidiums are cooler growing orchids. They would be happy at 50-55 during the night, and 60-70 during the day.

During the winter keep the cool loving orchids growing near the window glass.

Keep the orchids that like it warmer away from the window, so they get the warmth from the room.

types of orchids

There are more Types of Orchids throughout the world than any other plants.

The orchids suitable for home culture  are phalaenopsis, cattleyas, dendrobiums, paphiopedilums, oncidiums and cymbidiums.

Growing orchids is very rewarding because they are so amazing and beautiful.

I hope you enjoy growing God's beautiful gift of orchids!


When I was learning Orchid Plant Care my first two orchids CROAKED.

I share my mistakes to keep you from doing the same things.


The orchids suitable for home culture  are phalaenopsis, cattleyas, dendrobiums, paphiopedilums, oncidiums and cymbidiums.

Growing orchids is very rewarding because they are so amazing and beautiful.

I hope you enjoy growing God's beautiful gift of orchids!


When I was learning How To Care For Orchids my first two orchids CROAKED.

I share my mistakes to keep you from doing the same things.








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