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Most of cultivated orchids are epiphytic or air plants, because they have develop water storage organs called pseudobulbs and have large fleshy roots covered with a spongy water-retentive velamen; That’s why they can live on trees or adapt easily to open areas with good air circulation like screened porch, hanging pots under trees or anywhere outside or inside where they don’t get direct sunlight because they will BURN.

In general, cattleyas, dendrobiums, vandas and ascocendas like filtered or bright indirect sunlight and phalaenopsis, paphiopedillums and oncidiums like filtered to medium sunlight and cooler places.

When your orchid is in bloom, bring it inside close to a window (southern exposed is usually ideal) but keep it away from hot places and air conditioning vents. Temperatures changes more than 20 degrees between night and day will stress your plant and cause bud and flower damage. Blooms will usually last 1-2 months for most orchids except cattleyas (2-3 weeks).When blooms die, cut off the spike ½ inch above the first node from the bottom; this will encourage the plant to either put another spike at the node or put a new spike from beneath of the leaves.

Because most orchids media like bark, coconut, moss, rocks, fern fiber Etc, are hard to get wet, we recommend that you drench your orchid every 7 to 10 days depending in your media weather and location.

Vandas and ascocendas need to have their roots mist every day if possible; cattleyas and dendrobiums like the dry side so allow the media to dry out between watering; Phalaenopsis, paphiopedillums and oncidiums like to keep evenly moist, so never allow media to dry out completely. In general, most of the orchids require a little more water than usual while in bloom. Do not water your orchids late in the day to avoid diseases, we recommend morning hours to give flowers and plant time to dry out.

To fertilized your orchid you could used any water soluble fertilizer like 20-20-20 to keep and maintain your mature plants; 30-10-10 with lots of nitrogen if your orchid doesn’t look so good or when the plant is in its active growing season in summer time; And 10-30-20 to encourage them to bloom or need to restore the root system of your orchid.
In general more frequent fertilizer (every 10 days or twice a month) is good under high temperatures and bright like conditions. In the other hand fertilize only once a month when temperatures are cool and your plant is not in active growing season (fall-winter).


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