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Orchid Plant Care

There is nothing more beautiful and awe-inspiring than an orchid in full bloom. However, getting them to that state requires hours of tender loving care, and may not be a task everyone wishes to undertake. At our flower shop, this exotic blossom is one of our most popular plants due to its stunning presentation and long life. In order to help you keep this beauty thriving, here are a few tips we have learned over the years from experts and through trial and error./p>

Lighting

An orchid will only bloom for around three months. During this time, they will need more sunlight than they do the rest of the year. It is good to note that orchids grow beneath a canopy of trees in tropical rainforests, so they are used to receiving filtered and indirect light. Therefore, avoiding direct sunlight is best.

Since orchids are delicate, the best way to ensure your orchid receives the right amount of light is by making use of an adjustable light that emulates natural sunlight. These ultraviolet lights and their handy storage racks for plants are available from most greenhouses, and allow you to place the plants away from windows while regulating the light exposure at the same time.

Environment and Watering Restrictions

As we said, orchids can be a delicate plant and this applies to more than just their restrictions on sunlight. Unlike a lot of houseplants, orchids do not require watering. A quarter cup of water every 7-10 days is generally enough, and a daily misting of the leaves will tide the plant over until the next watering. The general idea is to keep the moss or bark moist, but not so much that the roots take on too much and begin to rot. A surefire way to make sure that it gets only as much water as it needs is to place the pots in a shallow tray to allow drainage (but be sure to not leave the plant sitting in water).

Orchids thrive in a warmer environment than most other houseplants. The ideal room temperature for orchids should be between 12°C (55°F) and 32°C (90°C). If they get too warm, any growing buds will fall off the plant, and it will not bloom. Check with your florist or local greenhouse for ideas on creating a regulated area for best growth.

Special Care Tips

Because orchids only bloom for a short amount of time, you have to pay special attention to their care as soon as you see buds forming on the plant. When the buds first form, it is proper to fertilize orchids, adding a small amount to the soil every week. Once the buds have reached their full size, stop fertilizing, and within a few days you should be able to see fine lines forming on them. This means that they are about to bloom and further feeding will not be necessary.

If you carefully prune away portions of the plant that are not currently blooming, you should see another set of buds begin to form. Resist the urge to fertilize during their growth, or you may damage the original blossoms. For further advice on raising orchids from scratch, or for fully developed flowers to start your new hobby, feel free to contact our customer service department at Nature’s Wonders Florist.