Think that growing orchids is beyond their abilities? You may just be onto something. That is, if you are not able to read the following and put what you read into action. Otherwise, you really should not be afraid of trying to grow orchids. Just keep it in mind that as long as you can meet the following tips to a tee, you should have almost no trouble at all coming up with those highfalutin’ flowers known as orchids.
High Heat with a Curveball of Humidity
As long as you can provide a place where the non-heat index temperature can be maintained somewhere around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, you should be able to raise orchids. Have you watched movies where it seems as though orchids are only grown in the tropics? Well, that’s not necessarily one of the more accurate things you will find in movies. In fact, you could potentially grow orchids in an environment where the temperature dips down closer to 60 degrees than 80 degrees. Of course, it will also help to be in a region where you can guarantee light falling on your orchids around twelve hours a day. This does not mean direct sunlight. Direct sunlight hitting your orchids that many hours out of the day will probably result in death to your elegant flowers. The heat should also be moist rather than dry so if you live where the heat is dry, invest in the proper equipment to add rather than suck moisture from the surrounding air.
Air is good for orchids. Stale air is bad for orchids. You might think that since orchids are considered a topical flower that this would not always be the case. Tropical air can easily become stale without a nice breeze. Since you cannot wait for a breeze to appear of its own accord, be sure to equip the location where you are raising orchids with a fan or some kind of means of moving air through the environment. Even just one of those desktop oscillating fans is better than allowing the circulation of air when growing orchids to come a dead stop.
The key to successfully growing orchids is meeting the challenge of having enough high heat, humidity, air circulation and water. All that heat means dried out potting fiber and if you do not keep track of the situation, then you can count on losing your orchids. But guess what? You can also face a situation where the orchids head south by allowing the potting fiber to get oversaturated. Get used to tracking the moisture situation in the potting fiber of your orchids every morning. When the fiber starts to look like things are moving too far into the dry end of the spectrum, go ahead and start the water works. Here’s two final keys: try to water just once a week when things aren’t too hot and try to use water somewhere in the neighborhood of 65 degrees.