The Q&A Archives: 0rchids

Question: I am new to this.Can I put them on my back porch?
When di I put them in a larger pot? And how do I clean the leaves? Can I put a plant shine on them?

Answer: Orchids need very well-drained medium to grow in, so I'd pot them in orchid soil mixed with bark chips. They also like to be crowded in the container, so don't repot to a larger size. Grow them in bright, filtered light (or under a grow light) for 10-15 hours per day, fertilize lightly during the growing season and keep the root medium moist. Temperatures should be about 70 during the day and 60 at night. Mist the plant daily, or increase humidity by placing the pot on a tray of pebbles to which you add tepid water every few days. Keep the water level in the tray below the base of the pot, or else the soil may become waterlogged, and cause root rot. You can simply wipe the leaves off with a damp cloth to remove dust. Don't use the leaf shine products on your orchid - they can clog the tiny openings in the leaves and cause the leaves to die. Enjoy your orchid!

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