The Q&A Archives: Orchid Care

Question: How do I care for orchids indoors?

Answer: There are about 100,000 types of orchids suitable for indoor growing and each type has its own special needs, but here are a few general rules:<br><br>Orchids need ample humidity, so put the pot on a pebble-filled tray and keep water in it. Also keep thesoil moist. When watering, use tepid, not cold water. Mist the leaves occasionally.<br><br>Orchids need 10-15 hours of bright light each day, but keep them out of direct sunlight.<br><br>They prefer daytime temperatures of about 70F in summer and 60F in winter, with a 10 degree drop at night.<br><br>Keep them out of cold drafts, feed them during the summer months with a low nitrogen fertilizer, and let them become pot-bound (they flower more freely when their toes are pinched). <br><br>If you know the specific type of orchid you have, send another question with this information (via the web page) and we can try to give you more specifics.

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