Care & Cultivation Guide: Orchids

TEMPERATURE: Varies between different types of orchids, but generally a day time temperature of 20°c in summer and 15°c in winter is ideal with a drop 3-4°c at night. Avoid cold draughts, they can be fatal.

LIGHT: Orchids will require 10-15 hours of good light a day (but not direct unfiltered sunlight) which in winter can be supplemented with artificial light. An east or west-facing window with net curtains is ideal.

WATERING: Tepid rainwater is best. Keep the compost moist but not wet. Reduce the watering during the winter.

HUMIDITY: Moist air is essential for orchids. Stand plants on a saucer full of gravel where water can collect after watering and evaporate. Mist the leaves occasionally.

FEEDING: Orchids are not avid feeders. Feed lightly throughout the year, more heavily during the summer.

REPOTTING: Do not worry if you think your plant looks ‘pot bound’ orchids are quite happy living like this, only repot when the growth begins to suffer. Use specific orchid compost as this allows better air circulation to the roots.

LIMP LEAVES OR FLOWERS: Caused mainly by insufficient light, but can also be due to improper watering (usually over watering).

YELLOWING LEAVES: Usually the result of over watering.

BROWN SPOTS ON LEAVES: If the spots are hard and dry it is due to too much direct sun. If the spots are soft then there is probably a fungus disease present; the affected leaves should be remove immediately.

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