Orchid growing is a great hobby for those who appreciate Mother Nature’s beauty and grace. While enjoying orchids’ extravagant beauty, one may think it’s impossible to grow them indoors. However, nowadays a wide range of orchid species and hybrids as well as availability of orchid growing supply stores gives anyone a chance to nurture these amazing flowers at home. But don’t get me wrong, it does take some patience and love, no wonder an orchid has been a symbol of commitment and love for centuries.
The first task of your orchid growing project would be obtaining an orchid growing guide for beginners. You are going to deal with some questions and issues along the way such as: How do I grow orchids indoors? How to get an orchid to bloom? How do I pollinate an orchid? Where do I get orchid pests products? And this is where your book will come in handy.
The following four components of home orchid growing play a crucial role in the success of your project:
1. Soil. Wait, let’s call it an orchid growing medium. Why? Because in most cases, it can be anything but soil or dirt. Many species of orchids do not need soil to take root in, they grow in sand, pebbles, or even on tree trunks. Some orchids thrive when attached to a piece of bark or cork. You can also use commercial growing mediums made from bark, charcoal or volcanic rock.
2. Lighting. Lighting requirements vary from species to species however, most orchid plants need some shade as direct sunlight can burn orchid flowers and leaves. On the other hand, if there is not enough light, you may never see your orchid blossom. You will need to maintain a perfect balance of light and shade to be able to enjoy your orchid plant to the fullest. With the introduction of more manageable light sources such as fluorescent and LED “grow lights” this “balancing” task has been much simplified.
3. Temperature. The average temperature requirements for the orchids are about 60-70 F. Some of them will do just fine in a little cooler or hotter environment. But keep in mind, the orchids should never be exposed to freezing or too high temperatures.
4. Watering. Although the orchids require plenty of water, they never tolerate being soaked for a lengthy time. Too much water can cause fungus growth that will eventually kill the plant. You need to make sure that the orchid growing medium allows the excess water to drain through.
There are more than 30,000 orchid species and hundreds of thousands of its hybrids. The above orchid growing tips have been provided as a general review only, as the needs of orchid plants vary from species to species. Always consult the nursery professionals and your orchid growing guide to ensure successful orchid growing experience.
Vick Sutton is a home orchid growing hobbyist. Visit his website at www.OrchidGrowersGuide.com to find everything you need to start your very own orchid growing hobby.