Growing Orchids - Knowledgebase Question

Milwaukie, OR, AL
Question by DOXIE5
February 15, 1998
I just recently purchased a small orchid and have NO clue how to grow it and keep it thriving.


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Answer from NGA
February 15, 1998

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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. Keep the compost 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. Finally, enjoy your new orchid!

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