GROWING ORCHIDS YOURSELF

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7/17/14 by: ADMIN

Everyone I know loves Orchids and I bet you do too. One time when I was sick several of my friends sent me Orchids. I don’t know why they all chose Orchids because at that time I was not very interested in plants and I had always heard that Orchids are hard to grow. Well I received 5 of them so I decided I better learn something about keeping them alive. Also they are not cheap so I did not want all my friends to visit and see that all the plants were dead. Just to give you an idea of price this is a plant you could send to someone for $79.99 and have it shipped from http://www.fromyouflowers.com/ which is a very good company. You have to be careful about the plant you start with when you are buying an Orchid. It must be healthy.

Opulent Orchids - Double

So how do you care for an Orchid? Well first you must find out what it likes in the wild and try to replicate that as much as possible. One thing I found out is that they were not that hard to grow. I live in southern CA near the coast. I put them on the kitchen counter by the window. In my home they got direct sun for about 3 hours per day and light all day. We do not have air conditioning so the temperature in the summer was always moderate, between 75 and 85 degrees. In the evening the temperature would drop to about 60 to 65 degrees. I would water the plants when they started to dry out.

In the winter it does not get very cold where I live so we would generally only have the heat on from 6am to 10am and then again at night from about 7pm to 10pm. Therefore the temperature inside was in the low to mid 70s during the day and at night in the high 50s to low 60s.

Prior to my experience with these plants I always thought that they had to be grown in a hothouse and were very difficult, now I know that is not true.

I have always loved the pink Orchid so I recently ordered this one for $63.99 and I just love it. Again I bought it at http://www.fromyouflowers.com/ and it was very healthy when it arrived.

Valentine plant with a pink orchid plant delivered with bow in container

The Orchids I started with have done quite well and only 1 of them died. So I have added this one and still have 5. That was 5 years ago when I started. So do not be afraid of these plants they are wonderful.

And they don’t need to be fertilized very often if you start with good dirt after all no one fertilizes them in the wild.

Good Luck!!!

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