How To Care For Your Orchids - Fantastic Color For Indoor Decor

by Paul Guzman - Date: 2007-01-24 - Word Count: 398 Share This!

Paphiopedilum - Are easily suited for home growing, requiring only bright light and your normal home temperatures. It loves bright indirect sunlight. Also called a slipper orchid and blooms are long lasting up to 10 weeks of bloom. Temperatures - Most mature orchids need about 15 to 20f temperatures between night and day. Water - Never let plants dry out. Fertilizer - Must be fertilized on a regular basis, but requires less fertilizing than most orchids. Use a good 10-10-10 balanced ratio Potting - Should be done about every one to two years.

Oncidium - Oncidiums are from sea level to the tropics. Temperatures - should be 55-60f at night and 80 85 during day. Water - Generally plants with large fleshy roots needs less water. Watering should be thorough. Plants not active should be watered less. Do not leave in standing water. Fertilizer - Apply a good 30-10-10 balanced fertilizer twice a month. Potting - Re-pot when plant is about half mature. Keep Humidity high and new pot should be medium dry until new roots form.

Dendrobium- Are very common at retail stores. Also called an air plant. Very leafy appearance. They love the early morning sun. Temperatures - Mature plants like 15 to 20f difference between night and day. Leaves may drop if temperatures drop below 50f. Water - They like moist soil but can tolerate dryness when plant is matured. Fertilizer - They like to be fertilized often especially during growing period. Use a good 10-10-10 balanced ratio. Potting - Repot every 2-3 years, give good aeration and drainage. They tend to like small pots for their size. Visit Houseplant Care for free indoor houseplant care tips.

The Phalaenopsis - This is a favorite among orchid care enthusiasts. Long-lasting blooms with many colors and are really inexpensive. These blooms are moth like in apperance. Temperatures - Should be about 55-60f at night and 80 85 daytime. Seedlings need about 10 degrees higher than mature plants. Water - Do not let plants dry out. Younger plants needs more watering and attention. Fertilizer - Should be fertilized on a regular basis. A good 10-10-10 fertilizer or anything close ratio. Fertilize every week at one quarter to one half of recommended dilution. Potting - Should be done every 2-3 years. Better if done during late spring.

Remember always use a good orchid care fertilizer and soil for all orchids. Typically the above orchids are what most nurseries have, but there are over 28,000 varieties. Read this article online at: Orchid Care

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Gary & Paul Guzman are the authors of this article: Gary is the owner and Color Your World Nurseries Located in Las Cruces, NM. Paul is the webmaster of Comments should be sent to

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