7 most important things to successfully growing orchids at home

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I've always loved orchids but thought they were to hard to care for. I purchased my 1st phalaenopsis after going to the Philadelphia flower show in March of 2016. I now own over 80 of all different types from phalaenopsis to cattleyas to dendrobiums to intergeneric orchids, which include miltonias and oncidiums. These are the things I learned in my 2 1/2 yrs of caring for them. I did google searches and watched countless youtube videos to a mass a plethora of useful and helpful information.

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Humidity. All orchids are tropical plants and love high humidity for their ariel roots which get water from the air around them. If you have low humidity where you live try humidity trays or a room humidifier to keep the ariel roots from drying out. I try to keep my humidity at about 50%.

Humidity. All orchids are tropical plants and love high humidity for their ariel roots which get water from the air around them. If you have low humidity where you live try humidity trays or a room humidifier to keep the ariel roots from drying out. I try to keep my humidity at about 50%.

Water! Do not use spring water or distilled because orchids don't get their nutrients from the potting medium but rather from the water. Spring water and distilled water lack the minerals orchids need. Instead use collected rain water, reverse osmosis water or faucet water. I store the water in the spring water bottle.

Water! Do not use spring water or distilled because orchids don't get their nutrients from the potting medium but rather from the water. Spring water and distilled water lack the minerals orchids need. Instead use collected rain water, reverse osmosis water or faucet water. I store the water in the spring water bottle.

Potting medium for all orchids except minis. I use a course well draining potting mix of bark, charcoal and perlite. This is good for most orchids. Potting medium should be changed every 2 yrs or when it breaks down and no longer retains the moisture required for roots not to dry out or retains to much moisture and causes root rot.

Potting medium for all orchids except minis. I use a course well draining potting mix of bark, charcoal and perlite. This is good for most orchids. Potting medium should be changed every 2 yrs or when it breaks down and no longer retains the moisture required for roots not to dry out or retains to much moisture and causes root rot.

Potting medium for mini orchids. I use sphagnum moss for my minis and seedlings. I find it works best for small roots. It remains to wet for my larger orchids with established roots.

Potting medium for mini orchids. I use sphagnum moss for my minis and seedlings. I find it works best for small roots. It remains to wet for my larger orchids with established roots.

Fertilizer. There are lots of fertilizers out there. I use this for all my orchids at different strengths depending on the orchid and frequency of use.  Choose one specifically for orchids because orchids can not break down Urea in most fertilizers.

Fertilizer. There are lots of fertilizers out there. I use this for all my orchids at different strengths depending on the orchid and frequency of use. Choose one specifically for orchids because orchids can not break down Urea in most fertilizers.

Temperatures. The temps orchids require varies. Some like warmer while others require cooler temps to spike. Phalaenopsis like a daytime temp between 75 and 85 degrees and a night time temp between 65 and 55 degrees. While others like cymbidiums require lower temps to spike. Do your research to determine whats the best temps for your type of orchid.

Temperatures. The temps orchids require varies. Some like warmer while others require cooler temps to spike. Phalaenopsis like a daytime temp between 75 and 85 degrees and a night time temp between 65 and 55 degrees. While others like cymbidiums require lower temps to spike. Do your research to determine whats the best temps for your type of orchid.

Lighting. Different orchids have different light requirements from high light to low light. Check the lighting requirements for your particular type of orchid you're growing. If growing different types that have very different lighting requirements place them on different shelves with the correct lighting.

Lighting. Different orchids have different light requirements from high light to low light. Check the lighting requirements for your particular type of orchid you're growing. If growing different types that have very different lighting requirements place them on different shelves with the correct lighting.