The Q&A Archives: Care for Orchids

Question: I have just an Orchid. I am very pleased with my purchase.. but I am wondering what do with it and how to take care of it. I have always wanted on and now that I have one, I am not quite sure how to take care of it. I have been keeping most and everything else that the tag has said to do, But I am wondering is there anything special I should do with it? Thanks, Heather

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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