Some orchids grow extremly well outdoors, while other orchids do not. This board contains images of indoor orchids, that adapt well to the temperatures…
Cultivating orchids is one of the most satisfying hobbies that one can have, especially when it comes to creative ways to display your blooming orchids. Mounting mini phalaenopsis on driftwood is an amazingly easy method to keeping your orchid healthy and it’s actually easier to grow if you are a beginner. Check out the how to guide on our website.
Orchids don’t thrive on water and sunlight alone. In their natural habitat, orchids receive nutrients from the overhead leaves which form a canopy above them. Nutrients floating in the air fall onto their roots and provide them with extra minerals that keep them healthy. In our home environments, this is harder to achieve, but can be done using fertilizer. Check out the complete article on our website.
What is the best water for orchids: hard water, soft water, reverse osmosis, distilled water, or rain water? When it comes to watering orchids, there’s so much misinformation out there, that it leads to bad habits and the eventual death of many orchids. For example, using ice cubes to water orchids. In this article, you’ll learn what each type of water is and what is best to use on your orchid. Check out the full article on our website.
Clear plastic pots seem to be the preference when growing orchids. But does it really make a difference? To determine if the pot really makes a difference in growing orchids, we put together a comparison and weighed out the factoring determinants to whether clear plastic pots were the best choice for the orchid. Clear plastic pots with large drainage holes induced healthier orchid roots. Healthy roots mean a healthy orchid. Read the full article on our website.
You have kept up your watering routine and your orchids show positive signs that they are adjusting well to the conditions of irrigation you are providing. Vacations tend to through a wrench in the system, since you might be away for an extended period of time. Naturally, you’re concerned about how your orchids will survive. Can orchids dry out? Yes. Most orchids will survive for two to three weeks (a typical vacation period) without watering. Read the full article on our website.
An orchid keiki is a baby replica of the mother plant, a clone with the exact same DNA, reproduced asexually—not by pollination. This new baby plant will display the same flower pattern, shape, colors, and texture as the mother plant. Keiki means “the little one, child, or baby” in Hawaiian, which is where the term originated. When it comes to orchid propagation, many questions arise. Read the complete article on our website with the most common questions about keikis and detailed answers.
An orchid keiki is a baby replica of the mother plant, a clone with the exact same DNA, reproduced asexually—not by pollination. This new baby plant will display the same flower pattern, shape, colors, and texture as the mother plant. Keiki means “the little one, child, or baby” in Hawaiian, which is where the term originated. When it comes to orchid propagation, many questions arise. Visit our website to see the most common questions about keikis and detailed answers on how to care for them.
Once an orchid has blossomed, displaying its beautifully exotic flowers, it will go into a dormant cycle. Some orchids have a shorter dormant cycle while others need a little longer time to recover. Orchid dormancy starts after the last flower has fallen off the flower spike and can look very different in every species. Some hardly have any signs; others look half-dead. Check out the complete article on our website.
With over 9,000 genera of orchids that have been scientifically catalogued, each with different species (around 30,000 different species) it’s a little hard to know which orchids will grow in our living room. What are the best orchids to grow indoors? Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, Paphiopedilum, Dendrobium, Cymbidium, Ludisia, Miltonia, Oncidium, Phaius, and Zygopetalums are the best orchids to grow indoors without many adaptations from the homeowner. Check out the whole article on the website.
Yellowing leaves make any orchid grower nervous. The questions are limitless: should you cut off yellow orchid leaves? What does it mean when leaves turn yellow? How do you fix an over watered orchid? How do you fix yellow leaves on plants? When the leaves on your orchid start to yellow, it’s normal to feel like something is wrong. Read the whole article on our website.
One of the most important steps besides watering your orchid is the level of humidity inside your house. Dryness is always an issue with orchids, and humans as well. Itchy, cracked skin, splintering fingernails, static and frizzy hair, high susceptibility to fungal and bacterial infections, and skin irritations all come from not enough water moisture (or vapor) in the air. On the other hand, too much humidity can cause mold growth and respiratory problems. Read the full article on our site.
Black spots on orchid leaves could mean one of three things: (1) the orchid was bruised during transport or handling, (2) the leaves have had access to more sunlight then they require, or (3) bacteria has infected the leaf. Since the first two reasons are fairly easy to resolve and there’s no need to panic, this article will focus on the bacterial infection. Read the entire article on our website.
Mounted orchids will dry out much faster than the ones in pots, especially in an indoor environment that has artificial heat/cooling, like your living room. There are mainly two reasons for this: 1) they have more access to air flow since their roots aren’t hindered by a plastic pot, and 2) they don’t have as much (or any) sphagnum moss or other water-retaining medium to trap and store humidity. Read the full article on our website.
Many orchid enthusiasts add charcoal to their potting mix and swear by that recipe. Others, never add charcoal, and say their orchids are growing fine. Adding charcoal to the potting medium is a personal preference, but there are several things you need to know before adding charcoal. What are the benefits of adding charcoal to the potting medium? Read the full article on our website to find out why.
With so many varieties of potting mixes, how do you know which one is the right one for your orchid? The main difference between orchids and your other household plants (in terms of potting medium) is that 70 % of all orchids (denominated epiphytes) aren’t planted in soil or dirt. Their potting mix is exclusive to them, and if you plant them in dirt, they will soon present problems that will lead to their death. Read the complete article on our website.
Growing orchids is mainly knowing how to properly imitate the orchid's natural habitats and recreating that environment in your house. A few orchids aren’t accustomed to a lot of light at all, and prefer low light conditions. If you are interested in growing orchids indoors, you might want to consider low light orchids. What orchids are best for low light? A window sill with bright direct light isn’t necessary for these kinds of orchids: Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilums, and Miltoniopsis.
If you’re thinking about transferring your orchids from the traditional potting media, (orchid bark, perlite, charcoal, and sphagnum moss) into a semi hydroponic media with leca pebbles, then you’ll need to consider a few things first. The semi hydroponics has pros and cons, and in this article, you’ll learn what to expect.
It’s finally time to repot and you realize that your supply of orchid bark is low. Just a quick search on Amazon and you’ll soon find out that there are so many different types of potting media (and I’m referring only to the bark types), that you’re tempted to go with the cheapest. Please don’t do that. I decided to buy 5 of the highest-selling orchid barks and test them one by one.
Complete Guide for beginners on how to care for your Phalaenopsis Orchids or Moth Orchids. Orchids Care: Guide for beginners. In this article, you'll learn how to water, give the correct lighting, fertilize, and repot your moth orchid. Written in an accessible, easy-to-follow language that puts all the professional tips in your hands. This beginners orchid guide will teach you Phalaenopsis orchid care. Learn more on our website. Along with this how-to, there are other orchids care guides.
Sphagnum moss along with charcoal, peat, leca pebbles (sometimes called Hydro Clay pebbles), and Styrofoam peanuts are usually the most common potting mediums found for orchids. There is another medium that is becoming extremely popular, and that is growing the orchid in water or hydroponic media/culture. Is water a decent medium for orchids to grow in? Yes, but there are special requirements and observations that are involved. Read the full article on our website.