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How to Care for Orchids

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 2

Before planting orchids, make sure that orchid lovers have all the orchid growing supplies essential to bring about optimal orchid care and maintenance. Here is a list of most of the orchid growing supplies that orchid lovers will require for this and the guidelines that orchid lovers can make use of to make sure that orchid lovers obtain the correct orchid growing supplies.


Things You Will Need

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Orchids, orchid potting mixes, orchid supplies, orchid pots, orchid fertilizer

Step 1

At the top of any list of orchid growing supplies are the pots to grow the orchids in. Preferably, orchid lovers should keep aside a place where the orchids can grow openly. Orchid lovers should ensure that they are potted in good health. The choice of orchid pot orchid lovers use and location will certainly impact the success of the orchid growing undertaking. The most widespread orchid pots are either made out of plastic or terracotta clay. Pots or large planters made from terracotta, wood, ceramic or plastic make perfect orchid pots for growing large spreading orchids such as Cymbidia.

When it comes to orchid growing supplies, orchid lovers should also choose the right fertilizers. There are some fertilizers that are specially made for orchids and the exact type of fertilizer used varies for each different type of orchid that orchid lovers are growing. When choosing orchid fertilizers, look for orchid fertilizers that contain nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K), along with trace elements such as iron. These help the orchids to blossom and grow quicker. Typically, orchid lovers should begin with more Nitrogen based orchid fertilizer just when the new orchid shoots are showing, more Phosphorous and Potassium being required towards the end of the orchid growing season.

Another orchid growing supplies is the potting mixes. Rather than organic soils and composts, Orchids need a suitable mix of water retaining and aerating materials found in potting mixes. The ratio depends on the type of orchid. Orchid potting mixes are usually a combination of organic fibers and inorganic materials.


For the best orchid care, orchid lovers should also buy orchid pest and disease controlling products. Common pest associated with Cattleyas orchids are scale and spider mites. X-CLUDE, encapsulated pyrethrum time-release insecticide is the most competent method of orchid pest control. Furthermore, Metaldehyde is an effective tool for removal of slugs and snails. Sprinkle Slug-N-Snail granules on top of the pot.


Tips & Warnings

One of the most important orchid growing supplies that orchid lovers will need is the grow lights. Natural light is the best light that orchid lovers can provide for the orchids. However if this is not available, orchid lovers can always purchase grow lights for orchids.


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Comments

Aug 20, 2010 6:36pm
divaonline
Terrific article! I have a friend who is growing different types of orchids on her kitchen windowsill. They're amazingly beautiful!
Nov 21, 2010 5:02pm
marianneliz
thanks divaonline. i love orchids too!
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