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Basic tips

Guide line to make keeping orchids easier, for in a living room as well as a greenhouse

 

Place

  • The need for light is different with every gender. This depends completely on where the plant originally grows and a bit on what the orchid is used to.
  • Most orchids can’t be in full daylight, especially in summer. Direct sunlight should definitely be avoided. Much light is important, but direct sunlight isn’t good for the plants.
  • In winter, we recommend to use extra light. Nowadays there are some amazing solutions for times with little light for the plants, like winter. Think of for instance LED-light. LED-light results in a better growth of the plant.
  • An orchid naturally needs about 12 hours of light a day. When the plant only gets aabout 5 hours of light a day, like in winter, it is recommended to use extra light (LED-light) for another 7 hours. It’s best to do this by day. We recommend to do this for instance from 6.00-16.00. Extra light the plant gets from outside is nice.

 

Temperature

  • The perfect temperature for orchids differs per species. The required temperature can be found at the species online and on our webshop.
  • In general, orchids don’t like temperatures above 30 degrees, because the plant cells start to die from that temperature on.
  • In general orchids don’t like frost either.

 

Water

  • Rain water or clean aquarium water is recommended. Tap water is allowed, but we recommend to not use this often.
  • The water should be at plant temperature. This means that when the climate of the plant is living room temperature, the water should be around living room temperature as well. If the plant is in a climate with for instance 15 degrees, the water should be around 15 degrees as well.
  • Never use water that is too cold! This is bad for the growth of the plant.

 

Fertilizer

  • Fertilizing is good for every orchid, in case it’s well-dosed and used at the right moment.
  • This is because the plant needs more light than we can give him. Without fertilizer, it’s harder to keep the plant alive. That’s because in the Netherlands, there are less sun hours than around the equator, where many orchids originate from. When the plant gets a lot of light, it will create many sugars. With this sugars, a plant can grow better and the blooming will be better as well.
  • Use a teaspoon of the fertilizer mixed with a litre of water. You let the powder dissolve in the water and use this mix on the plant afterwards.
  • The water has a certain acidity. Make sure this stays neutral. It shouldn’t be too acid or too alkaline.

 

Repotting

  • Repotting differs per orchid. Some orchids like to be repotted a few times a year, while some orchids don’t ever have to be repotted.