How To Grow Young Orchids Indoors, Pt. 1

Orchids with chelloMany of you probably want to raise their young orchids indoors! So today I will tell you a couple of things you need to know if that’s what you want to do!

Last time we talked about how the right growing medium is so important for young orchids. We also learned that it is not always soil that is neccessary, so instead of calling it soil, we call it “growing medium”, or foundation. The foundation is an important part of an orchid’s habitual environment but not the only one – The right lighting and the perfect amount of humidity are important too!

So, if you want to grow orchids indoors you better start finding a good place to put them!

Let’s start with lighting. Like most other plants, orchids like sunlight but it can be deadly for them to be exposed directly to it. Direct sunlight scorches the leafs and petals just like we get sun burns from too much exposure. But we still enjoy and need the sun, don’t we? Yep, and so do they! 🙂

Now, you need to find a well-lit cozy place where the young orchids would fit in neatly. During the first couple of days watch the orchids very closely. If the leaves start to turn brownish they are getting too much exposure – time to try a shadier place! If you keep that up you will soon find the perfect place. Also note that young orchids often don’t need as much light as more mature ones. As your orchids grow you will have to adjust the lighting or they might not bloom anymore.

Again, it’s a good idea to look into the background of your orchid. Some orchid hybrids are more robust than others. For instance, there are types that are perfect for the living room and some that are perfect for the hall. I can’t stress how benefitial it is to do some upfront research!

To give an example, my mother keeps her mature ones in the big window of our living room and the young orchids in the slightly shadier bedroom window. Places like that are often just perfect! Tomorrow we will talk about humidity. Again, I hope I could help you a bit. Please let me know what you think! I’m very excited about this whole blog thing. 🙂

Photo by tinyfroglet.

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Published in: on April 20, 2008 at 10:50 am  Leave a Comment  

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