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Question by willhu46
January 20, 2011
how do you take care of orchids and tulips

Answer from NGA
January 20, 2011
Tulips are really easy to care for. After the flower begins to fade, cut off the flower, along with the stem, but leave the foliage alone until it ripens and turns brown on its own. The leaves will be busy manufacturing and transporting energy back to the bulb where it will be stored until next spring. When the foliage turns brown you can prune it off at ground level. The tulip bulbs will rest until next spring when they will grow and flower again for you.

As for your orchids, they like a day temperature of about 70F during the summer and about 60F during the winter, with a 10 degree drop at night. Cool nights are important to the health and flowering ability of your plant. Orchids require 10-15 hours of bright light each day, so you may need to supplement natural light with artificial light during the winter months when the days are short. Orchids like moist soil and appreciate being misted once or twice each day. To increase humidity around the plant, place the pot on a layer of rocks in a tray of water. As the water evaporates it will provide moist, humid conditions around your plant. Following the above advice should result in lovely blooms on your orchids. Enjoy!

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