The showy, multi-colored flowers of different orchid varieties have the ability to catch attention and add beauty into your indoor setting.
While growing orchids indoor can give you a therapeutic relief with stress and add attraction into your house, this can also be a good business since orchids are becoming highly in demand these days.
The process of growing orchids indoors is a real challenge and requires time, effort and patience.
Though each type requires different approach in growing and caring, the beauty and elegance of the blooms makes the cultivation process worth the time and effort.
Growing orchids indoors is no longer difficult as it used to be because hardier hybrids, potting mixtures and tools, and guidelines in growing this magnificent flower are widely available these days.
Here are six important guidelines you can follow when growing your orchids indoors: 1.
This is the first step.
If you are a beginner, choose a variety that is easy to care for such as Cattleya, Moth orchids, and Lady's slipper orchids.
You can check on your local supermarkets and specialized nurseries for different varieties of orchids.
While most supermarkets sell orchids, it is still best to make purchases on nurseries, because you can solicit advice and guidelines on how to properly take care of their stocks.
Pick orchids that have bright green and healthy foliage.
Avoid those with yellowed leaves and with brown or black patches of damage.
Provide good location.
Once you have chosen the variety of orchid you want, check its light preference.
Most orchids require bright, indirect sunlight to flourish and bloom.
Place it in a location that it can get enough light but should not be exposed under direct sunlight.
Most indoor orchids are epiphytes or tree dwellers, so they should be shaded under direct sunlight to avoid sunburn that can damage their leaves.
Orchids have three classifications when it comes to temperature: cool growing, intermediate growing, and warm growing.
Cool growing orchids require night temperature during winter around 50°F and a temperature of not over 70 degrees during daytime.
Intermediate growing orchids enjoy a minimum of 60° on winter nights and daytime temperatures from 70° to 85°.
Warm growing orchids should not have a winter night temperature lower than 65°, and a daytime temperature from 75° to 85°.
To ensure the success of growing orchids, make sure you understand their temperature needs.
When you wish to repot your orchids, choose pots that have a larger drainage holes.
Orchids flourished more when their roots are kept dry and not soak in water.
Potting mixtures should fit your orchid's requirements such as fir bark and sphagnum moss.
Excessive watering is deadly for orchids.
Water your orchids at least once a week depending on your climate.
You can check the moisture level of the potting mixture by inserting a dry stick in it, if the stick is moist, do not water the plant.
Orchids require a good amount of nutrients to grow and bloom.
Dilute a quarter strength fertilizer solution and apply it in watering your plant at least once a month.
Orchids that actively grow and showing new shoots need fertilizer, but do not fertilize those that are dormant and during winter.