|Orchid Care for Beginners
growing orchids is no harder than growing houseplants - it's
just different. Don't be embarrassed for a minute by what you don't
know. We all started the same way.
We're all "orchid killers" before
we're "orchid growers".
After you've grown a
few plants in our easy to use system,
you'll feel like you've been growing orchids all your life.
Beginner's Guide to Orchid
Care cuts through the mystery of
growing orchids by
concentrating on the basics. If you're growing your first orchid, or
looking for better results on your existing collection - we can help.
- Lesson #1
are different from houseplants. Unlike palms, ferns, or
philodendrons, orchids grow on rocks and trees, not in the ground. In
fact, planting an orchid in potting soil and treating it like a
houseplant is a sure way to kill
To copy nature, orchids are planted
moss, coconut husks,
etc.. Growing plants in these types of media is different
growing houseplants in potting soil. For beginner growers this can be
Our Hydroponic System replaces all that
potting stuff with clean, easy to use clay pebbles. We even have a
water gauge that tells you when to water!
or expert, you'll grow better orchids with our
Guide - Lesson #2
tougher than most
In nature, orchids tolerate wind, rain, and long dry periods between
rain showers. They need to be very durable to grow in these conditions.
root system is designed to absorb
water and nutrients quickly from the the air and occassional
Thick leaves and stems then store the water because rain can be
If this sounds like growing
orchids is more like growing cactus (with a little extra
humidity) than growing
Beginners Guide -
flowers does not mean your orchid is dying.
do not bloom continuously. They have a growing season and a blooming
season. Each type of orchid has an internal calendar marking these
seasons and you can't change it. Some orchids bloom for only
week, others display beautiful, exotic flowers for three months or
more! Healthy orchids
should bloom at least once a year, some twice a year. If you're a beginner
having the patience for
the next bloom cycle is one of
the hardest things to learn.
Guide - Lesson #4
Place to Grow and a Place to Show. Most successful
use two different locations for their plants. Blooming plants
are displayed where they show of their flowers
best (kitchen counter, dining room table, etc.) . This is "the place for show".
Cool temperatures away from direct
sun prolongs the blooms.
that big, beautiful
display of exotic blooms has deteriorated into a lonely stick, the
flowering cycle is over. After a brief rest, your plant will start its
growing cycle, building up the energy to flower again. Give your plant
what it needs during the grow cycle and you'll be rewarded
with big, beautiful
blooms. We call this "a
place to grow". Growing conditions vary with different
plants. Without the right growing conditions your plant won't flower
again.This isn't difficult and we'll show you how.
Orchids growing in trees.
growing on rocks
|Beginners Guide -
Before we get into what each
type of orchid
needs for healthy growth lets cover the basics for growing orchids in
light as possible - more than houseplants.
plants need light to live - this
is especially true for orchids. In Nature, orchids grow high in the
trees of the tropical forest - houseplants grow on the forest floor.
Orchids are exposed to much more light than
at home need a bright
(and most cases sunny) window for healthy growth. Without sun,
your orchid just won't get the energy it needs
new flowers. How much
light your orchid needs depends on what kind of orchid it is. If you
don't have enough light, even our Hydroponic System won't help!
Orchids grow high in
trees where they get lots of light and air.
medium effects your
plant's water requirements.
materials for orchids are different from planting materials for
houseplants. They must drain quickly and allow good air circulation
at the roots. Orchid growers use a wide range of materials for this.
chips, spaghnum moss, coconut husks, and styrofoam replace potting soil.
materials make correct watering difficult for beginner orchid growers.
water - what doesn't? Does
my orchid need water twice a week or once every 2 weeks?
materials can also vary depending on
where your orchid was grown (Hawaii,
Florida, or Taiwan). That's why it's
not unusual to
see two identical orchids growing in completely different potting
mixes. Most growers use what works best for them - not
best for you!
growing orchids can be a mystery for a
beginner grower - even experienced hobbyists have trouble geting it
Hydroponic System makes watering easy! Clean, easy to use clay pebbles
all those other materials. Orchid roots love our system! A
water gauge even
tells you when and how much to
water. What could be easier!
do not require the hot,
steamy weather found in the tropics.
Most orchids will do just fine in the temperatures found
In nature, orchids
experience a big difference
between day and
night temperatures. To accomplished this at home, set
your plant near a window where the temperature automatically
at night (especially during winter months). A sunny window can vary 30
degrees or more between night and day - perfect for orchids!
50 - 70% humidity is ideal.
This may be the most difficult element to provide at home. To help
maintain higher humidity during winter months, turn down the thermostat
in your growing area. Orchids will
gladly trade cooler temperatures for the hot dry air from the furnace.
You will become uncomfortable long before your orchids
orchids enjoy warmer temperatures in the summer
the dry air from
air-conditioners. Try avoiding air conditioning in your
growing area in the summer.
confuse humidity with water in the pot. Humidity is moisture in the
your plant more at the roots to compensate for dry air at the leaves is
another sure way to kill
orchid in window
Too much fertilizer kills more
orchids than too little. In
fact, we've never seen an orchid die from a lack of fertilizer.
However, a good nutrition program promotes healthy growth and
nutrition can be difficult with regular potting materials. Complete
nutrition is easy with
the clay pebbles in our Hydoponic System. Just add a few drops of our
nutrient soltion to the water
every time you water and your plant will get eveything it needs for
healthy growth and big beautiful flowers.
|Beginners Guide - Lesson #6
You need to
learn some basic orchid names. The
orchid kingdom has over 30,000 different plants. How do you make sense
of all those Latin names and abreviations? For Beginners, we're going
to deal with only 4 types of plants.
You'll have more success by
chosing orchids that match the conditions in your home.
Care for 4 Types You Can Grow