The Basics of Caring For Orchids

Orchids are some of the most beautiful flowering plants and easy to cultivate at home, making them one of the most attractive additions to any environment. More orchids are grown in America than any other flowering plant (daisies included!). Many people are attracted to orchids because they’re relatively affordable and require minimal care – yet it is essential that beginners learn the basic care routine in order to avoid disappointment and frustration when beginning this hobby.

One of the most frequently made mistakes by beginners when cultivating orchids is prematurely picking off blooms before they have faded completely, known as “bud blast.” This mistake usually results from environmental stress or poor care and should be avoided; to do this successfully it’s essential that proper growing conditions such as temperature, watering and lighting be provided for them to flourish successfully.

Reblooming orchids is best done during late fall, winter and early spring due to the lower temperatures and shorter days in these months triggering them into blooming again. If an orchid is kept inside a heated environment all year round however, its ability to blossom will not be possible for you.

To encourage your orchid to rebloom, it may help to use sharp shears to trim off its old flower spike once all its flowers have withered and faded. This will redirect its energy towards producing new blooms instead of more leaves or roots, which some species such as Dendrobium hybrids and Rhynchostele bictonensius orchids can do more than once on one spike; Phalaenopsis orchids however tend not to bloom again when left alone on their old spike so shears are recommended as it cuts off just above where its last flower formed – unlike these species that might continue reblooming on an old spike that remains.

Additionally to observing natural lighting cycles, it is beneficial to alter the amount of sunlight your orchid receives each day. This will help regulate its temperature while stimulating reblooming through providing different levels of illumination than what your plant has become accustomed to receiving.

One way you can help your orchid rebloom is by making sure its pseudobulbs are not overcrowded together, allowing it to breathe better and avoiding stagnation which is often the cause of unsuccessful reblooming attempts.

Finally, it’s wise to learn the names of your orchids as this will assist with communicating with other growers and vendors as well as being an excellent source of pride for many orchid enthusiasts.

Knowing the name of your orchid will enable you to easily recognize it when it blooms, which can be especially helpful when cultivating multiple types at once as each variety requires its own particular growing environment. Knowing more about each species makes growing them all that much simpler!

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