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Monthly Orchid TipChoosing The Best Orchid For Your Home
You want your orchid to grow well after you purchase it, right? Before you purchase your plant you first need to look at where it will be spending its time. What is it going to like staying in a particular room? And which orchid variety will do best in that area.
In a home there are only a certain number of changes that can be made for an orchid plant, or any plant for that matter. They are:
1. moving your orchid closer or further from the window
2. watering a home orchid more or less frequently
3. varying the room temperature
4. changing the humidity
5. moving closer or further from other plants
6. repotting when needed
Let's take a look at how to survey your home for the best orchid that will grow well.
1. use a light meter or just estimate how much light you have in your home. Also, try it at different times of the day.
2. do you have pets? Do they tend to get into the plants. If so, your orchid may not do well.
3. survey your home, where would you put your orchid? Does your home have mostly shade or full sun? Would you be ok with putting your orchid in a bathroom that gets great humidity or in front of a living room window?
4. How good are you at watering? Do you forget? What about giving fertilizer to your plant?
Now is the time to get the best home orchid that will fit your home environment.
1. you want plenty of pretty flowers and have bright light, Dendrobium is the plant
2. if you have indirect bright light but want plenty of flowers, try a Phalaenopsis orchid
3. a Paph is great when there is little light and you want a compact plant
4. the room is fairly bright light but it does get a bit cold in your house, get an Odonoglossum. 5. in South Florida and get plenty of sun as well as humidity, then a vanda orchid is the one for you. A Brassia also does well in these conditions or in a greenhouse
6. there is medium light, a miltonia will suit this situation on oncidium is best suited for fairly bright areas.
These tips will get you the best home orchid for your house. Orchids are surprisingly very easy to care for and are spectacular when in bloom. In fact, in some of the orchid species the blooms will last up to 4 months.
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Orchid Picture of the MonthThis is a great example of a variety of orchids called Paphs or Lady Slippers. Note the waxy like appearance of the flower which is typical.
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