Orchids top the list of favorite house plant around the world and its popularity is continuously increasing every day. The numerous varieties of the orchid's species that people can choose from, and the fact that they are relatively easy to grow, is the reason why orchids has gained popularity among flower lovers all over the world.
It is very much easy to grow an orchid provided that you educate yourself on what they need. With appropriate watering, lighting, feeding, and using the right orchid pot, it's a guarantee that your orchids will flourish in most climates.
Phalaenopsis orchid is one of the most popular and easiest orchids to grow, basically because it is able to adapt well to both a home and an office environment. The flowers of the Phalaenopsis can remain in bloom for over two months from the moment the first bud opens. This is not always the case with all species of orchids. For instance, the flowers of the Cattleya orchid will only last for up to one month. The frequency of blooming will also vary among every orchid species. Some orchids will bloom once a year, while other orchid species bloom many times each year. There are also a few orchid species which bloom continuously throughout the year. The sweet fragrance of orchids is another reason why they are so popular among gardening enthusiasts.
The strength of the scents of the different species of orchid varies considerably. The scent varies from a very mild scent to extremely strong odor. Some orchid smells flowery while some possesses fruity smells. Some orchids even have the familiar scent of citrus, raspberry, and chocolate.
Although orchids are relatively easy to grow, they still have specific requirements that orchid growers needs to be met for each plant to grow to its fullest potential. Ideally, orchids should be planted in bark or New Zealand sphagnum moss, and not on a typical potting soil. Another thing is that, orchids should be grown in pots with good drainage, and should be watered only once or twice per week depending on the weather. Watering can vary depending on the season. For instance during summer, orchids may need to be watered more often. In general, the hotter the climate becomes the more water an orchid will need. If you are using a New Zealand sphagnum moss for your orchids, watering can be done less often.
Orchids generally love light but the amount of light that they should get is somewhat crucial.
For example, many orchid species would want to be placed in a window facing east. In general, orchids can be grown in both sun and shade, but see to it that the orchid is not directly exposed under the heat of the sun. The leaves of your orchids will tell you if it is getting too much sun - it's leaves will begin to turn into yellow. If this happens, immediately place your plant in the shade for a longer period of time, to lessen it's exposure to direct sunlight. Yellowing of orchid leaves can also signify insufficient feeding; fertilizing your orchids on a regular basis is very important. Watering orchids with a diluted nutrient solution will also help feed your orchid.
In general, common sense and some basic knowledge on how to grow an orchid and providing what your orchids basically needs will make it a lot easier for you to grow beautiful, fragrant orchids that will be the envy of a lot of orchid lovers.