Flowers The Greenhouse

Orchids

December 14, 2011

Orchids are a great way to decorate an office or home, adding color and drama to any room. They’re one of the most exotic plants on earth—yet orchids are amazingly easy to care for.DSC_0387

Potted orchids require bright indirect light every day, but do not expose these plants to direct sunlight. Thoroughly soak the potting medium during each watering, then allow to drain. For best results, water orchid plants in the morning and less frequently during winter months. These plants must have pots with good drainage.

Most orchids prefer daytime temperatures during the summer to be around 70 – 85 F and nighttime temps between 60 F and 70 F. In the Winter, the plant prefers temperatures as low as 60 F in the daytime and as low as 55 F in the nighttime. Orchids require  humid air, and will not tolerate hot, stuffy conditions, so make sure to provide good air circulation.

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In the Northeast, orchids set new blooms in the fall if  fertilized with Orchid food starting  around September first for about 6 weeks. Make sure soil is moist before fertilizing.  It is not necessary to fertilize while the plant is in bloom. Always water orchid plants prior to feeding.

Remove blossoms as they fade and occasionally wipe the tops and undersides of plant leaves with warm soapy water to remove any dust or insects. Do not use leaf shine on orchid foliage.

When all the blooms have faded, cut the stems to about 2 inches. This will enable some plants to re-bloom from both the base and from the existing stem, producing multiple spikes during future blooming.

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Colors vary among orchid types, but collectively, these exotic blooms are available in every color except blue-green, and blue. With proper care and environmental conditions, individual orchid blooms can last for weeks.

Our greenhouse usually stocks several varieties with different colors available. Call or visit often for information.

 

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