When you choose to begin growing orchids, there’s a brief consideration you need to make before getting started. Location is very important for your orchid growth to happen effectively, so putting a lot of though into their placement is critical. Like humans, plants are uncomfortable in surroundings that do not support their growth. Understanding what your orchids need from their surroundings will go a long way towards helping you make a good choice. Regardless of the type of the plant you will be working with, there is a common factor with all orchid varieties – the environment within which they grow well. Let’s take a brief look at the basics to help you choose your new plant’s habitat wisely.
You might come to the conclusion from reading this site that orchids aren’t a particularly versatile plant and can easily die without a lot of attention. While that may be true if you don’t know what you’re doing, they are remarkably resilient if you make good choices from the start. For example, a tropical climate is perfect for the plant to grow healthily, however it is not essential, so don’t worry if you don’t live in rain forest like conditions! Creating your own tropical paradise within the comfort of your own home is possible, and dare I say, easy! The reason that the plants enjoy existing in humid conditions is for them to access the food (i.e. nutrients) that they need to grow and survive. An obvious and easy solution for you to use is a plant mister which allows the orchid to pull moisture from the air surrounding it as it grows and lives.
To use an extreme example, trying to grow them in the freezing climate of the Arctic or Antarctic would fail due to the cold and lack of moisture in the harsh air to allow them to hydrate. For this reason, while your plants may thrive outdoors through the warmth of the summer months, it’s important to protect them through the cold of winter, probably by bringing them indoors. Of course, you can grown them in the house all year round if you prefer.
In the wild, you will often see orchids growing naturally, not only from the ground but also from trees and rocks. Contrary to popular belief, a plant growing from a tree isn’t always feeding off the tree itself, at least not in the case of the orchid. Instead, it’s thriving on the protection it gains from the elements in its elevated position from the ground. As all good gardeners know, it’s perfectly possibly to kill plants that would otherwise survive from a ground frost. As there’s no host-feeding going on, the trees or rocks are by no means essential, it just means that you will need to bring the orchids indoors through the harsher weather of the winter.
If you are just getting started with growing flowers and plants, you may not yet have invested in a greenhouse. Don’t worry – as we said, just growing in the home is fine in the early days. On the other hand, in time you might like to set up a greenhouse outdoors, to have a fun outdoor space to indulge in your hobby if space in your garden or yard permits. These are perfect spaces to protect the plants from cold and strong winds, and do a great job at maintaining the air temperature even through the winter. A greenhouse doesn’t have to be huge, you can even buy small boxes that work on a similar theory. It really does depend on the available space, how much you’re able to spend and how far you want to take your activities as a budding gardener. The smaller options have the advantage that they to can be brought indoors. They’ll offer round the clock protection to your plants outside, but also sit neatly on a coffee table if you prefer.