How to care for orchids (part 1 of 2)

How to care for orchids (part 1 of 2)

Orchids are now the most popular flowering potplants – they are available everywhere and you can buy them for as little as £5, though bigger and better plants will cost a bit more. Their popularity is down to the fact that they are tough as well as inexpensive, and even if you treat them brutally they will remain in bloom for a few weeks. But look after them properly and they will last for month or even years.

Most orchids offered for sale are moth orchids (Phalaenopsis). These are the easiest to grow as long as you pay attention to a few requirements. When buying them check that the unopened buds are healthy and not yellow or withered – if they are they may have been allowed to get very dry or have been chilled and they will drop off rather than open.

Back at home keep them in a bright spot, out of direct light, in a minimum temperature of 15c. They will tolerate lower temperatures but it is not advisable. If the spot is too bright the leaves may turn yellow and if too dark the leaves will be rich green but the new leaves will become very long.

Catch part two of “How to care for orchids”:

How to care for orchids (part 2 of 2)

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Post written by our resident gardening guru Geoff Stebbings from www.thebikinggardener.com

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