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Orchids are beautiful and unique flowering plants that you can keep in your home. Often considered difficult to care for, there are varieties that can be grown in the home. They do require good light, some humidity and proper temperatures but most anyone can keep one of these plants with a little care and patience.
There are thousands of types of Orchids but only a few can be kept successfully in the average home. These include Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, Cymbidium and Dendrobium orchids. You will find one or more of these are usually available at most stores that sell indoor plants.
Before you purchase an Orchid, make sure it is healthy with no apparent problems. Avoid plants that have dropped many flowers, have brown or soft spots on the foliage as this may be a sign of bacterial or fungus infections.
It is best to purchase an Orchid that has 4 to 5 open blooms and a few buds ready to open. Make sure foliage is green with no spots or blemishes. If possible purchase plants soon after they arrive at the store from the growers as they will be in their best health.
Protect your Orchid when you take it home. Do not expose it to cold temperatures or hot sun that can burn and damage the plant. If it is cold outside, you can set it into a large plastic bag and tie the top closed to keep it warm for transport in the cold. Do not leave in a hot car either as this will damage the plant.
When your Orchid arrives home, it should be placed in a window. An east or west facing window is ideal but be sure it is sheltered from hot afternoon sun. Direct sun, especially through glass, can damage any plant. My orchids have always tolerated morning sun and bright, indirect afternoon light quite well. A room with humidity is great or place on humidity trays. Daytime temperatures should be between 60° and 70° F with a night time temperature drop of about 10°.
I have had the best results with Orchids that were planted in moss rather than bark or soil mixes. Orchids planted in soil or bark have had more instances of bacterial or fungal diseases. So if you have a choice, pick an Orchid planted in moss.
Your Orchid should have a good, healthy root system. It is normal for the roots to grow out of the pot and these roots should be left alone and not removed. However, if the roots appear shriveled or are soft and mushy, they should be cut back to healthy, firm tissue. And you may want to review your watering habits.
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Watering Orchids - I have found that Orchids can be watered much the same as other plants. Let the potting media dry down about halfway and then water thoroughly, although this does depend on what type of media the Orchid is planted in. Do not leave an orchid standing in water. Use room temperature water and do not wet the leaves.
Phalaenopsis Orchids will drop the blooms if you keep them excessively moist or wet. Be very careful with your watering. This can even happen when they are in a good lighting situations. Check the media before you water.
If you plan to re-bloom your Orchids, increase the moisture content of the media somewhat while they are starting to bud. Keep in mind, this advice is for the standard home environment, not for keeping in a greenhouse or conservatory.
Pinch off blooms as they start to die and remove leaves if they start to spot or discolor. Split the leaf that you want to remove down the center all the way to the main part of the plant. Then gently pull each half away from the plant, removing completely. It is always best to remove completely as any wounds are openings for disease to enter the plant. Wash hands and tools before and after using on your plants to avoid spreading any pests or disease from plant to plant.
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