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Little Background About The Orchids…

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Orchids are the largest and most varied family of flowering plants in the world.

* It is assumed by some that because orchids grow up in trees that they are parasites like mistletoe. This is not so, they only use the tree branches for support and take no nutrients from their host.

* There are around 33,000 different species of orchids in existence and some 200,000 plus hybrids registered.

* They survived where dinosaurs went extinct and expanded to every corner of the world except Antarctica. They did this by adapting to living in trees, rocks, cliffs, on the ground, in the mountains, tropical rainforest, bogs, and elsewhere.

Little Background About The Orchids...

Orchid Societies:

  • American Orchid Society
  • World Orchid Conference
  • Honolulu Orchid Society
  • South Florida Orchid Society
  • and Others…

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Note: Growing orchids is as easy as reproducing as close as possible the conditions which the particular orchid is used to in nature. Hybrids are more adaptable and will tolerate more extreme temperatures.

Location: When indoors, choose a southerly or easterly facing window. It is a good idea to have a curtain to control light as the seasons change.

You can move your orchids outdoors in the summer if desired. You’ll need to be careful and introduce them gradually for a few weeks. Be aware of the temperatures, amount of direct sunlight, and which type of orchid you have. Various orchids require different conditions.

Watering: Water your orchids about once per week. Allow water to run through the porous soil material and be careful not to allow the roots to become submerged in the water. Yes, you can over-water orchids and it will kill them. One of the conditions caused by over-watering is known as root-rot.

What Container to Grow in: You can grow your orchids on a tray filled with pebbles, marbles or similar. This allows you to keep water just below the roots and attains a constant level of humidity that orchids need.

Fertilizing: Orchids respond well to fertilizing because the growing medium used to pot them is lacking nutrients. In general, once per month use a water soluble fertilizer with a ratio of 20-20-20 or a specialized orchid fertilizer with a 30-10-10 ratio. Note: Different types of orchids will need various ratios of fertilizers.

Temperatures for Orchids: This varies according to the specific culture of orchids. Some are more tolerant to heat while others can handle colder temperatures better. You need to match the temperature needs to the specific orchid genus.