Basic Tips on Growing Orchids

Basic Tips on Growing Orchids

The myth that taking care of orchids is very difficult is due to the fact that there are some species and hybrids that may require some experience on the part of the gardeners. However, the vast majority of orchids are very easy to care, with only a little knowledge and basic care. Today we'll give you some basic information to take care of common varieties of orchids.

Step 1 - Choosing the proper location for my Orchid

First you will want to find the appropriate place in your home to your new beauty. If you have a window, is a good place to start. Orchids love a warm climate with wet conditions, but too much sunlight or heat can leave the leaves yellow or cause reduced flowering cycles. The morning sun is usually a good bet. Then, try placing your orchid in a cool place and open. This allows the roots to breathe and prevents the toxic chemicals used in cleaning the house becomes concentrated in the air.

Step 2 - When should you water your orchids?

Well, let's look at the roots. Gently squeeze the roots. If they have a spongy aspect, means they still have water to spare. If they are wilted, are further weakened. Completely decayed, remove the plant. Most tropical orchids receives its moisture from humid air in their environment, another form of watering is to use a shallow pan and fill it with stones or pebbles and add enough water to cover the stones. Now take your pot of orchids and place it on top. Make sure that none of its roots or plant part is touching the water. This would cause the plant to stay saturated and rot.

Step 3 - How do I know if my orchid is sick?

Most orchids have bright green leaves, which is a sign of a healthy plant. We may associate the leaves that are yellowing as sick or dying. This is somewhat true with some exceptions. If only the lower leaves start to turn yellow this is just an aging plant and you need not worry. If you have only patches of yellow, then it is most likely an excess of sunlight. Some black spots may also appear. Change your orchid in place so that the disease do not spread over other plants. If whole leaves are turning yellow with black borders two things can be wrong: You might be exaggerating in irrigation, in which case, no water for days. The other problem could be is a disease caused by fungi, easily treated with several fungicides purchased in supermarkets or garden shops.

These beautiful plants can be enjoyed again and again. Most orchids have a long flowering cycle of becoming a great hobby among gardeners. With a number of more than 25,000 species, among other 100.000 hybrids, seen and admired its beauty and unique in nature.

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