The beauty and colors of the exotic orchid flower are just so magnificent and everyone can benefit from having them thriving in their home or garden. Many people have a great fear about caring for them because a misnomer about these flowers is they need to be cared for 24/7.
Fortunately this is not the case and with this article you will understand how easy gardening them can be with some simple and correct information. All you need to do is create the right conditions for these flowers to start blooming and bring you lots of joy in your home or yard.
Choosing Between Two Separate Methods
There are two different methods you can use to to start this task. You can choose to plant them inside of pots and hang them around your home or in a large windowsill; or you can start growing them in your garden outside.
Both methods are relatively equal in difficulty, but most people prefer to grow them inside because they would like to keep them all year round. If you live in a climate that has a cold season you would only be able to grow them once per year outside. The choice is up to you how you want to garden your plants.
The Light Requirements That You Must Provide
Light happens to be a major part in the life of these exotic flowers. If you want to start gardening orchids you will need to rely on two forms of light that is needed to have these plants flourish. You can use the sunlight or artificial lights such as fluorescent lighting. Both are equally as good, but one thing you should know about sunlight is that too much can harm your plant. This sounds unusual but if you think of the plants natural climate which is in the tropics many trees protect them from too much sun and they have adapted to thrive like that.
Never use direct sunlight on these flowers and make sure that you have some piece of material that will filter most of the sunlight in order to prevent the leaves from burning. Fluorescent lights are another way of cultivating them and can be used during any time of the year.
Humidity is a Must for These Plants
Humidity is another important part of the health of these exotic flowers. If you are planting these flowers outside during the hot humid seasons of the year then there is really no need to supply them with any more humidity because the moisture content in the atmosphere should be enough to keep them blooming and flourishing. If you are cultivating them inside then you should know how to supply them with extra humidity especially during cold dry months of the year. One way to do this is have a humidifier right next to your plants.
Most humidifiers should be adequate for these types of plants and you shouldn’t need more than one. You can also place a tray of water with rocks underneath your plants as well which will supply them with proper moisture content. If you don’t know how to know if you have the proper amount of humidity then I would suggest purchasing a hydrometer from your local store. Most places should sell this type of equipment all year round.
These are just two tips that you can use when gardening orchids in your home or outside.