Growing Orchids - Knowledgebase Question

Dover, DE
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Question by bpp1
November 5, 1998
Can we grow any of the orchids in our new bathroom, which has a south-facing skylight, and temperatures ranging from mid-fifties (night/winter) to mid-eighties? The area where the plants would be placed gets bright, indirect sunlight. Humidity will be no problem. My main concern is the night-time temperature. (We like the thermostat down at night.) Which one, if any, might like our growing conditions?

Answer from NGA
November 5, 1998
Individual types vary, but the general rule is a day temperature of about 70F in the summer, 60F in the winter, and a drop of 10 degrees at night. So, you're in luck - cool nights are important to the flowering of orchids! 'Cymbidium' is the easiest Orchid to grow, so you can't go wrong with one of these. As you gain experience, you might try 'Coelogyne cristata', 'Lycaste', and 'Odontoglossum grande', the Tiger Orchid. All Orchids require good light, shade from direct sunlight, and 10-15 hours of light each day, which you may have to supplement during the winter months. Keep the growing medium moist, and use soft, tepid water. Good luck with your remodel (and Orchids)!

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