Guide To Growing Orchids For Beginners'
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Orchids are exotic flowers that most garden lovers will love to grow. However, many people mistakenly believe that growing orchids as house plants is difficult and that orchids are finicky to grow. In fact, orchids like any other house plants need just light, water and fertilizer and are quite easy to grow.

Some Orchid Basics

Soil

You don’t plant orchids in a typical soil. Instead, you take a pot and layer it alternately with bark chips and sphagnum moss.

Watering

Orchid plants in general need watering periodically. Usually you can water them once a week. To see if they need water, just lift up their hanging roots. Also, remember to use filtered water for watering orchids.

Humidity

Orchid plants need about 60% humidity level. For growing orchids, if the humidity levels in your house are lower, keep misting the plant occasionally. Another solution can be to use a humidity tray. For this, take a simple metal\plastic tray that is filled with pebbles and 1\2 of water. Place the plant on top of the pebbles, ensuring that the plant or its roots don’t sit in the water while on the tray.

Light And Air

Most orchid plants do well in medium light and need proper ventilation. It is a good idea to keep them in a window or leave the fan switched on.

Temperature

Most orchids grow well in normal room temperature. While some are adjusted to warm temperature others are friendlier to cooler temperatures.

Potting

Orchids require a change of pot every 1-2 years or when they become old.

Pest Control

You can choose between artificial and natural pesticides. If you opt for an artificial one then identify the pest before choosing the pesticide. You can also try some of the many natural remedies available against pests:

  • Changing the orchid plants pot.
  • Use a mixture of dish soap and water, where the quantity of water is more.
  • Blend a small amount of bleach in a large quantity of water.
  • Another important remedy for growing orchids indoors is to keep them inside the house only.