There’s nothing quite like an orchid growing in your home to add a small welcome touch to the ambience. The problem, though, is that far too few people do their research before starting to plant their seeds, and before long they find the inevitable happens – with dead plants greeting their guests throughout their home. A few minutes spent researching the best conditions for orchids can save all that wasted effort – and you’ll soon find that knowing what you’re doing makes growing them indoors very straightforward. Here’s some simple pointers to get started…
Choosing the best spot in your home is key. It won’t be as tough as it sounds, almost every home in the country will have at least a few suitable locations.
Making a decision about a suitable location for your orchids to live isn’t necessarily about finding the single perfect spot, so much as making sure it is somewhere that offers what they need to survive. For example, as we’ve said before, humidity is important. That simply refers to the amount of moisture in the air, and can be artificially created with misters. It’s not a difficult thing to set up, just needs consideration. This way, you’re simulating the environment within which an orchid can thrive, which is more than sufficient for a healthy plant to grow.
We’ve also mentioned before about mini greenhouse boxes, which are perfect for indoor and outdoor use. You can also apply the same principles to these containers, making the lighting and humidity simple to adjust.
Your choice of vessel within which the orchid is planted is important too – you don’t want something too large and bulky to waste space, but the plant should be free to grow too. Size is everything!
While some of the mini greenhouses do offer electronic lighting, there’s no substitute for a good natural light source – namely the sun! If you can arrange for the orchids to get a good dose of daily daylight, that will pay dividends, so make sure to consider that too.
That said, they also need shade. Be sure to keep them from being in the direct glare of the sun all day, particularly in the hotter months, as indoors there’s little air movement unlike outside where there’s an almost constant breeze, no matter how subtle.
Watering is the final concern, and the key is just enough. Orchids are rather elegant and therefore delicate plants, and the aren’t great swimmers. In other words, they need water to live, but drown easily too. Avoid excessive watering at all costs! You’ll know when it’s time to water, simply by looking. If the soil around the plant is dry, give it a little water to overcome the parched surroundings.