The Orchidaceae or Orchid family is the biggest flowering plants family spread on the earth, which 28,000 species are distributed in about 763 genera, and 100,000 hybrids produced by the horticulturist in the 19th century. As exotic plants, orchids also created colorful and fragrant blooms. No wonder if it makes them wanted. So that, there are so many people want to have them, whether by growing orchids indoor or outdoor.
Some people say it’s tricky to grow this plant, and it’s right. However, since you decide to see they grow and bloom inside your home; you need to make it real right? Well, we are about to give you some tips to grow the orchids indoor that you can follow.
What do you need to know about growing orchid indoor?
Choose your orchids
Think about the right orchids you can grow inside your home, you may consider to pick them by seeing how often do orchids bloom. We have three high recommendation orchids. The first is Lady’s slipper Orchids (Paphiopedilum) which need more water than the other. However, their unique boast pouches which like blooms from winter through spring will make you love it. The second is Cattleya Orchids (includes of Cattleya, Laelia, Rhynclolaelia, Sophronitis, and Hybrids), which blooms happen between winter and late spring. The last is Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis). Their flowers like butterflies and lasts for month a time. Then bloom from winter into late spring.
Now you may think about where you can buy orchids. Well, you can pick them from grocery store orchids or buy by online (there are many online stores have orchid plants for sale).
Lighting is the most important variables on taking care orchids indoor. Insufficient light is the common reason why any orchids not to bloom yet. To anticipate this circumstance you need to move your plants to a window where they can receive enough light. You also can use fluorescence light and placed it above the foliage.
To know whether your orchids get proper light or not you can see their leaf colors. The bright green leaf indicates the proper light. If you see, they have the dark green leaf, meaning too little light, and the reddish green indicate too light.
There are three groups of orchids based on the temperature: cold, warm, and intermediate. To measure the temperature of your orchid location you need to buy high- low thermometer.
The big mistake about watering orchids is many people assume that orchids must be watered several times since it’s one of the native tropical rainforest plants. However, it’s wrong because by watering them frequently will kill the roots any types of orchids in a short time.
Orchids can get their food from everything around them like; animal or bird dropping, decomposing leaves, or rain water which contains the mineral. However, because you are about to growing orchids indoor, you need to fertilize them. You also can grow them faster and bloom sooner by feeding them with the exact orchids fertilizer.
Fertilizer product contains Nitrogen (N) that h for healthy vegetative growth, Phosphorus (P) for flower production, and Potassium (K) which responsible for controlling the flowers and fruit development.
The most important in feeding your orchids with fertilizer is read the instruction on the packaging to ensure that you are using the correct food, then water your orchids thoroughly the feeding time, the next is dissolve dry orchid food in water before using it and don’t apply it directly to the plant. Dry orchid’s food will kill the plant if being misused.
Because you are new in this world, you probably get your orchids with their bloom from a grocery store. If yes, don’t ever try repotting them before the bloom is done. After that cut the dead flower with clean snippers, then you can repot them. For repotting your orchids, you need orchids repotting mixture that composed by chunky ingredients, including charcoal, pine bark, and Styrofoam.
The first step is removing the orchids from the old plastic pot carefully. Then cut the blackened roots. After that, set plants with the repotting mixture into the new pot correctly. After finished with the repotting, it’s time to find a good spot to place your orchids. Living room, bath room, dining room, home office or even bed room are the best place to grow orchids indoor.