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burgess 01-01-2006 02:33 PM

Where is the best place to grow orchids in the home ?

BMarwood 01-01-2006 03:04 PM

A south-facing window is the ideal location for optimum results. An eastfacing window would be next, then west and finally a northfacing window. If a windowsill does not provide sufficient light, artificial lighting may be used. For optimum light transmission, clean the windows frequently, and clean the foliage of dust as needed.

rosidae 01-01-2006 05:48 PM

The most common reason an orchid fails to flower is inadequate light. The plant may grow and appear healthy, but if there is not sufficient light.

burgess 01-02-2006 06:59 AM

What is the best method to determine when my orchid needs watering ?

rosidae 01-02-2006 08:39 AM

Insert your finger about 1 inch into the soil near the center of the container. If the soil feels dry, the plant needs water; if it is wet, wait.

BMarwood 01-02-2006 11:58 AM

Pick up the pots to compare the weight of a dry pot versus a wet pot. The pot will be lighter when it is dry. It is better to soak the plant thoroughly and occasionally than to water frequently with small amounts of water. To thoroughly water an orchid, place it in a sink and add lukewarm water until the water runs freely from the bottom of the pot.

BMarwood 01-03-2006 01:07 PM

Avoid using cold water (below 50F), since this can damage roots and can kill root hairs. About twice a year, put your plants in the shower, and run warm water over them for several minutes to clean the dust off the foliage.

burgess 01-04-2006 09:31 AM

How can I increase the humidity in the orchidís environment ?

rosidae 01-05-2006 09:29 AM

Place several plants close together to increase the humidity of the air surrounding the orchids.

BMarwood 01-07-2006 05:07 PM

You can increase the humidity by placing the plants in a bathroom window, by using plastic containers instead of clay pots.

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