The Q&A Archives: Orchids

Question: I was given an orchid as a gift and need to know how to care for it. I put it on a table where it is getting light from an east facing window. It seems to be doing okay right now and still has its blooms. I need suggestions for the care of it. thank you

Answer: Orchids are some of the most popular and rewarding houseplants! There are many, many kinds, each with different requirements, but here are some general care tips for orchids: They like daytime temperatures of about 70F degrees in the summer, 60F in the winter, and a drop of ten degrees at night. Cool nights are important. Give them bright light, 10-15 hours each day. Supplement with artificial light in the winter time if necessary. Keep the potting medium moist, but reduce the frequency of watering during the winter months. Mist the leaves occasionally. Keep them out of drafts and shade them from direct sunshine. Enjoy your new orchid!

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