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If you are new to growing orchids, read the articles in this section first.
With basic instructions of lighting, humidity, fertilizer, potting medium, and repotting, this section presents an overview.
We are constantly adding new material and better articles, so check back here often. 
September 13, 2021
Orchids and Coffee Grounds: Myths That Are Half True

Coffee beans have had the fame of being an excellent source for supplementing your household plant fertilizer, but when it comes to orchids, are the benefits the same? Do they help? In this article, I’m going to analyze what is in coffee beans (as in main chemicals elements and minerals), how that interacts with your plant, and why it is (or isn’t) beneficial for your orchids.

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February 21, 2020
Orchid Identification: What Orchid is This?

When you first start your journey into the orchid world, the names and many types of orchids become rapidly overwhelming. Orchid identification isn’t that hard to understand, and once you do, you’ll find it a lot easier to distinguish the basic growth patterns and can provide better orchid care for each species.

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February 20, 2020
Orchid Life Cycle 101: Steps of Your Orchid’s Life

This article will talk about how your orchid plant gets from a seed to your home, and how you can take care of it in your house. It won’t focus on the stages from seed germination to the fertilization, since as an orchid hobbyist, that isn’t something I’d be doing anytime soon. Just so you’ll know, those parts will be mentioned, but not as the focus point of this article. What this article does mention:
How Long do Cut Orchids Last
How long do Blooms Last
Do Orchids go Into Dormancy
How Keikis (baby orchids) are produced

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February 16, 2020
How to Repot an Orchid: Complete Guide & Secret Strategies

If this is your first time repotting an orchid, it’s great that you looked for information. Being knowledgeable in what you’re doing is already winning half the battle. Once you repot a few times, you’ll see it’s not that hard. Soon you’ll get into a routine, and the steps will come naturally.

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January 27, 2020
Orchid Anatomy and Terminology

In order to properly care for your orchid, it’s important to know what each part of the orchid is and some basic terminology. Plant anatomy, or phytotomy, is divided into three major structures: roots, stems, leaves, and all the parts that reproduce the reproductive cycle of the orchid (seeds, flowers, and fruits).

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January 22, 2020
Orchid Temperatures: Does Temperature Influence Orchid Blooms?

Finding the correct temperature for growing your orchid is essential for it to bloom. You can water, apply humidity, provide light, and fertilize correctly, but if there is not a temperature fluctuation at night, most orchids will refuse to bloom.

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January 17, 2020
4 Artificial Lights for Indoor Orchid Care

What’s the best type of grow light for your orchid? LED GROW LIGHTS offer a full spectrum of light wavelengths, which best benefit the growth of your orchid. Both during vegetative growth/dormancy and during budding/flowering, the orchid receives the maximum amount of light without the added heat, which could cause sunburn and heat stress.

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January 12, 2020
Orchid Adaptations: Incredible Transformations to Survive

Orchid adaptations are inspiring and ingenious. Originally from the swamps and savannah grasslands, orchid seeds travelled through the air and nested into the nicks and crannies of trees of hardier, nearby forests. To survive so far above the ground and without soil, orchids had to adapt.

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With so many genera of orchids, each one has a specific care guide and instructions. In the articles below, you'll learn about the light preferences, humidity requirements, adequate watering cycles, pH, and preferred potting medium for each orchid. 
January 15, 2020
Cattleya Orchid Care: 7 Essential Tips for Perfect Blooms

To grow a Cattleya orchid, you need to observe 7 basic requirements and conditions. Even though some orchid enthusiasts will agree that phalaenopsis orchids (moth or butterfly orchids) are the easiest for beginner orchid growers, this is the next step up. With the right information, they can be just as easy as the Phalaenopsis. By observing light/shade patterns, temperature, air circulation, watering, humidity, potting medium, and fertilization, you can bloom this beautiful orchid for a life time. Let’s get started in this cultivating this amazing flower!

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February 26, 2020
Phalaenopsis Orchid Care: Complete Guide for Beginners

If you’re reading this article, you probably just walked in the door with a moth orchid in your hands. If it was a gift, present, or a splurge on a regular grocery store adventure, now you have a Phalaenopsis to care for.
First, congratulations!
Second, the more information you have about orchid, the better off you’ll be. You’re on the right track, and you’ve come to the right place. With this guide, you’ll have a complete understanding of how to care for orchids as a beginner.
Soon you’ll discover that caring for orchids is not as hard or complicated as you initially thought. Actually, they’re a bit easier in my opinion.

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November 22, 2020
Will your grocery store orchid bloom again?

The grocery store orchid, called Phalaenopsis, will bloom again after the first blossoms wilt and fall off. Phalaenopsis orchids are known to rebloom frequently if given the right temperature, light conditions, amount of water and fertilizer, and a decent potting medium. To rebloom the grocery store orchid, the spike needs to be cut after the last flowering node. When the flower spike is cut back close to the stem, the orchid will not rebloom. Instead, it will focus on developing healthy roots and new leaves.

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August 25, 2021
Growing Tolumnia Equitant Oncidium Orchids

Tolumnia orchids differ in their care and culture from regular Oncidiums, preferring humid climates (50 to 80% RH) and temperatures from 55 to 90 F (17 to 32 C). Although they don’t have pseudobulbs, they can’t tolerate wet roots or overwatering. Tolumnias grow best in between 2,000 – 3,000 fc, placing these equitant orchids in the medium to high light orchids category. Air movement is fundamental when growing Tolumnia orchids since they do not withstand wet roots for more than 24 hours.

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August 12, 2021
Dracula Orchids: The Incredible Monkey-faced Dragon

Monkey-faced orchids are real and they’re denominated Dracula orchids, first described by Carlyle Leur in the publication Selbyana in 1978. The curious thing is that neither the Transylvanian vampire Dracula nor the forest monkeys are what inspired its name. Dracula orchids come from the Latin, draco, which means dragon.

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August 14, 2021
Masdevallia Orchids: Complete Care Guide & Indoor Tricks

To properly care for a Masdevallia orchid, you need to provide a temperature of 40° to 80° F (4° to 26° C), plenty of air movement, high humidity above 70% RH, preferably in the 80-percentile range, and extremely low light (around 1,000 – 1,5000 fc).

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August 14, 2021
Free Excel Spreadsheet Orchid Tracker

The purpose of this excel worksheet is to help you keep track of when to water, repot, and fertilize your orchids.

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February 19, 2020
Orchid Cactus: Complete Guide to Care and Propagation

Orchid cactus are beautiful houseplants that produce lovely flowers from early winter to the end of spring. Even though their name carries “orchid” and they’re in fact very similar to orchids, they’re not orchids. I only included them in this website because so many people ask me if orchid cactus are orchids. Nope—they’re not. They’re cactus. Since their growing conditions are so similar to orchids, and they have flowers that are amazingly beautiful, they’ve earned the title orchid.

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August 13, 2020
Brassavola Care Guide: How-To Grow, Culture, & Care Sheet

Brassavola Care & Culture Summary: Brassavola orchids need to be cultivated in high, bright light of 2500 to 3500 foot-candles, similar to Cattleya orchids. Humidity requirements for Brassavola orchids are extremely high, ranging from 60 to 80%. Brassavola orchids need to be watered frequently, yet require a distinct drying out period, growing best in intermediate temperatures of 77-78° F (25-26° C) during the day and nights averaging 66-67° F (17° C).

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July 20, 2020
Types of Dendrobiums: Learn How to Identify Dendrobiums

When we think about the types of Dendrobiums, we usually divided them into two groups or categories, the soft cane Dendrobiums and the hard cane Dendrobiums. Even though that is correct and those two groups exist technically, they are not the correct way to classify Dendrobiums. Others might think that the two classifications are Nobile and Phalaenopsis since those are the most widely known orchids. Again, this isn’t even close. Cultivation, care, and culture will differ and have been classified into more ways than just two distinct groupings.

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Watering is the number one problem with new orchid growers: too much or too little.
In this section,  learn how to water your orchid and maintain the right humidity levels (which are two very different things.)
December 27, 2019
Watering a Mounted Orchid: Everything You Need to Know

Is there a technique to water mounted orchids? The answer all lies within the type of mount your orchid is on. For the majority of mounts, (like coco husks, or coco fibers, tree fern plaques, cork slabs, driftwood, oak plaques and others) soak the entire mount in a bucket of warm water for fifteen minutes anytime dry roots are present. If you are indoors, this probably means every other day.

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January 5, 2021
How often should you water Phalaenopsis orchids?

One of the first objectives in orchid care is learning how to water your orchid properly. Both overwatering and underwatering are the two main causes of orchid death. When you learn to water your orchid, more than half your battle with orchid care is complete. The other items that influence blooms, and good health, such as light, temperature, humidity, and fertilizer, do not influence the orchid’s health as much as how often and how much water you provide for your orchid.

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April 13, 2020
What's Best? Hard, Soft, or Distilled Water for Orchids?

When it comes to watering orchids, there’s so much misinformation out there, that it leads to bad habits and the eventual death of many orchids. The worst advice possible is the use of ice cubes, and I’ll mention that later below. But first, let’s start with the types of water and which is best for your orchids.
With each city and country having different minerals and additives in the water supply, it’s best to get an overall idea of what types of water there are. In this article, you’ll learn what each type of water is and what is best to use on your orchid.

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October 19, 2020
5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Water Orchids With Ice Cubes

In this article, I will explain what ice cubes do for your orchid and why you shouldn’t water orchids with ice cubes. Ice cube watering will kill orchid tissue on the leaf and stunt growth over time. Cold ice water will not decrease display life but it will deter overall life span and the quality of the orchid’s life, hindering a rebloom. The drop in temperature does not promote orchid health in roots or leaves.

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December 30, 2019
Managing Humidity: 8 Best Tips for Healthy Orchids

Most orchids thrive in a tropical rainforest, where humidity levels oscillate from 50 to 70% during the day. To properly raise these levels of humidity there are several things you can do:

-install a humidifier in one specific room
-acquire a humidistat or an inexpensive humidity gauge to verify percentage
-spritz with a misting nozzle or a spray bottle
-use a tray with water
-plant your orchids with more sphagnum moss
-invest in low humidity orchids as opposed to high humidity ones
-add other houseplants to each room, like bushy ferns

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July 13, 2020
Watering Catasetum Orchids: 9 Concepts to Master

Catasetum orchids are different than most commonly known orchids sold in the supermarket or grocery store. It isn’t surprising that even Darwin was fascinated by Catesetum, stating, “I have reserved for separate description one sub-family of the Vandeæ, namely the Catasetidæ, which may, I think, be considered as the most remarkable of all Orchids.” Charles Darwin, 1862.
Being deciduous perennials, Catasetum orchids will enter a severe period of dormancy, losing all its leaves and most of its roots. Watering is fundamental in this orchid’s life cycle since water will trigger or hinder its growth patterns. In this article, you’ll learn 9 concepts to master while watering your orchid.

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March 30, 2020
How To Water A Cymbidium: 6 Questions About Watering Orchids

Cymbidiums are one orchid that is different from the rest of the orchids: they thrive outside for most of the year. Most all other orchids prefer being inside. During spring, summer, and fall, cymbidiums will grow well outside, as long as the temperature is above 58ᵒ F (12ᵒ C). They are extremely easy to care for, but one thing confuses most new Cymbidium growers: How do you water Cymbidiums?

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Each orchid has a preference of potting mix. Learn what can be used and what to avoid
November 29, 2021
What is an Orchid Plug?

An orchid plug is a wrapping made of peat moss or coconut fiber mixed with sphagnum moss that is wrapped around the roots of young seedling orchid plants. The plug is specially made to protect the very thing, young roots as well as provide frequent airflow and retain moisture.

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November 11, 2021
Best Orchid Bark Mixes: 5 Product Reviews

Orchid bark has ranges of best to worst and not always will you get what you pay for. In most cases, the price is the main indication of good orchid bark, but not always. I decided to buy 5 of the highest-selling orchid barks and test them one by one.

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November 2, 2021
Up Potting Orchids: 3 Differences from a Repot

Your orchid care has excelled in growth this year, now reaching the side of the pot. Its roots are so healthy that they spring out in all directions. Before you know it, the roots are crawling down the side of the pot and into the next one. Result: you need to repot this orchid as soon as you can.
Yet, there is one exception: you just repotted last year.
The potting media is still in very good shape and it’s not time to switch it out quite yet. So, what do you do? There is a solution called up potting, and it’s different in a few ways than repotting.

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October 26, 2021
How to Divide Cattleya Orchids: 5 Steps for Success

To divide a Cattleya orchid, you will need to 1) determine the back bulbs from the front bulbs, 2) find any new active eyes that need special care, 3) separate 3-4 pseudobulbs that are healthy on each side, 4) cut the rhizome, and 5) place it in the new pot.

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December 1, 2020
Spanish Moss and Orchids: A Tricky Combination

Spanish moss is suited for growing orchids in hanging baskets or open baskets a decorative bromeliad since it retains humidity. Vanda orchids produce more roots when wrapped loosely in Spanish moss. Yet, Spanish moss does not serve as a potting medium inside the slotted pot since it does not have the same properties of Sphagnum moss and will decay quickly. In all, avoid Spanish moss when dealing with orchids, unless it is used as a decorative top layer.

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November 18, 2020
7 Reasons Pumice is An Excellent Orchid Potting Medium

Pumice is an excellent potting medium for orchids, provided it is combined with other media as well such as orchid bark and charcoal. Being heavier than perlite, pumice will maintain more stability in the orchid pot. Pumice also provides fast drainage for water, absorbs water, and raises airflow inside the orchid pot. Overall, pumice should be added to your formula of potting media.

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August 8, 2020
Orchid Bark VS Mulch: What’s the Best Potting Medium?

If you’ve ever repotted an orchid and ran out of orchid bark in the middle of the process, you’ll relate to this question, “What can I use instead of orchid bark?” Mulch is an answer that comes up more times than not. After all, they look the same, smell the same, and both are made of trees, right? So how bad would it be to use mulch in the place of orchid bark when you are repotting your orchid? How does mulch stand up as a potting medium for most orchids? In this article, you’re going to learn the basic aspects of mulch and it’s used as a potting medium.

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May 18, 2020
Pros and Cons of Hydrogel Beads as an Orchid Potting Medium

Hydrogel beads (or water beads) have been used by florist for a long time to create orchid decorations maintain the orchid stand in place for days on end. These beads are squishy, hard jelly-like balls, that resemble marbles. When wet, they expand to about a third their size by retaining water. For a short-term potting medium, hydrogel beads are a life-saver, but not for long periods of time.
There are benefits of using hydrogel beads and also cons, so if you’re thinking about transferring your orchid, let’s looks at what can happen, both good and bad. Overall, water beads are not good as orchid potting mediums in the long term even if they have a few positive attributes. Since they deprive your orchid of air movement and constantly maintain the roots wet, your orchid will eventually die. Orchids prefer having moist roots, not soggy, wet ones.

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May 8, 2020
Styrofoam Peanuts and Orchids: Viable Potting Medium or Not?

Have you ever heard of using Styrofoam peanuts as a potting medium for orchids? Once you have a hand in growing an orchid or two, you might want to try different methods of potting mediums. Pure sphagnum, if you live in a dry area, bark and perlite, charcoal and sphagnum, semi-hydroponics, leca pebbles, full water culture, Styrofoam peanuts… Wait, what??
Packing Styrofoam peanuts has been used for a long time as a potting medium with some orchid enthusiast giving it positive reviews, yet others sold against it. In this article, I’ll focus on both sides and at the end let you decide…but I will tell you my opinion first.

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April 24, 2020
Pros and Cons of Semi Hydroponics in Leca for Orchids

If you’re thinking about transferring your orchids from the traditional potting media, (orchid bark, perlite, charcoal, and sphagnum moss) into a semi hydroponic media with leca pebbles, then you’ll need to consider a few things first. The semi hydroponics has pros and cons, and in this article, you’ll learn what to expect.
The pros of transferring your orchids into semi hydroponic media are: (1) less repotting, (2) better view of the roots, (3) less stem and root rot, (4) less pH variances, (5) easier to treat pests, and (6) less financial strain over time. The cons of semi hydroponics for orchids are: (1) higher initial cost, (2) hard for larger plants, and (3) harder to supply quality water. Let’s look at those one at a time.

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April 20, 2020
How to Transfer Orchids to Semi Hydroponics in Leca Pebbles

Hydroponics is more indicated for orchids that prefer to have a short drying out period instead of a longer one. Their roots are constantly moist, in contact with water for the most part of their lives. These orchids are most likely to be terrestrial, or live near streams, rivers, ponds and wetlands. These are the best candidates, but if you observe your orchid well, most all will transition to hydroponics without trouble.

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April 17, 2020
How to Transfer Orchids to Full Water Culture

How do you transfer an orchid from sphagnum moss or bark into full water culture? First, you’ll need to chose the most appropriate time to do the transfer. Repotting an orchid during the wrong time can kill it, even more, changing its potting medium entirely. Second, you’ll need to verify the roots, cleaning out any old potting material. And finally, you’ll need to verify the correct method and water to use for full water culture. Let’s look at those step by step.

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April 1, 2020
The 8 Best Potting Media for Cymbidium Orchids

If you’re about to repot a Cymbidium (which should be done every 2-3 years), you’re probably wondering what’s the best potting medium out there. It’s almost impossible to answer that with one recipe or formula that fits everybody. The best potting medium for Cymbidiums will depend on how much your water, what your climate is like, how old the plant is and other variables.

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January 28, 2020
Is Orchid Bark Good for Drainage?

One commonly used potting media for orchids is tree bark. With its low cost and easy accessibility, bark—fir bark, more specifically—is one of the most used potting medias, only losing rank to leca pebbles.

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January 17, 2020
Mounted Orchids: How To Grow Orchids On Trees

Growing orchids on trees is an exotic way to showcase your orchids year-round. If you live in a hardiness zone that permits growing orchids outside, (generally USDA Zone 11, which includes: Florida, Hawaii, the Caribbean and southern California) then you definitely will want to try this method. It’s where orchids grow naturally.

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January 13, 2020
Orchid Potting Mix: The Right and Wrong Medium

What are orchids planted in? A variety of media or orchid mix can be used, like fir bark, sphagnum moss, perlite, charcoal, lava rock, osmunda fiber, coconut fiber, redwood bark, and Styrofoam peanuts. To prepare your own potting mix or choose the right store-bought one is to try to imitate the exact conditions that the orchid grows in nature.

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January 10, 2020
Aerial Roots on Orchids: 7 Important Questions

Areal roots are not common in many household plants. If you have just come across your first orchid, you might wonder what the unsightly projections on the outside of the potting medium are. Areal roots in orchids can bring up a lot of questions and concerns, which we have answered

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January 10, 2020
Fact or Myth: Orchids Prefer Clear Plastic Pots to Grow

Clear plastic pots with large drainage holes induced healthier orchid roots. Healthy roots mean a healthy orchid. Other pots had negative factors that weighed down their ranking. Terra-cota, ceramic pots, and wooden-slatted containers all had negative influences, which in the long run, hindered orchid growth.

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December 27, 2019
Growing Orchids in Water? Complete Guide for Beginners

Is water a decent medium for orchids to grow in? Yes, but there are special requirements and observations that are involved. Growing orchids in water is actually a simple technique, but it does require that you inspect your orchid more regularly. Any signs of either dehydration or root rot must be acted upon quickly, since the roots are more prone to decay.

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December 25, 2019
Top Benefits of Adding Charcoal to Your Potting Medium

What are the benefits of adding charcoal to the potting medium? Charcoal eliminates odor, breaks down the buildup of bacteria, absorbs the salt residue, therefor reduce the risk of root burn, and doesn’t degrade. Providing a firm stabilizer for larger orchid root to cling, charcoal doesn’t retain moisture or degrade, and can increase the pH of the orchid medium

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December 10, 2019
Top 10 Reasons Sphagnum Moss is Good for Orchids

Sphagnum allows air to circulate freely around the roots of the orchid; its moisture-absorbing qualities ensure proper irrigation; and it binds ammonium, slowing down the decomposition caused by microorganisms. All these promote a healthier orchid life.

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Learn how to fertilize, what's the best fertilizer, and how much to use
December 1, 2021
Fish Emulsion for Orchids: 3 Reasons Why it Works

Fish emulsion, or also known as liquid fish fertilizer, usually has a very low concentration of NPK, (5-1-1 or 5-2-2) so many orchid growers will switch every other week between their usual fertilizer and fish emulsion. The problem with using fish emulsion only is that it has such a high nitrogen count as compared to phosphorus and potassium that you will need to supplement those eventually. If not, the orchid will receive too much nitrogen and some future problems may occur.

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October 1, 2021
Bone Meal for Orchids: Decisive or Problematic?

What exactly is bone meal and how does it affect orchid care?
Bone meal raises the pH of your orchid potting media, while it neutralizes high levels of iron, nitrogen, and mercury. Being high in calcium and phosphorus, bone meal helps your orchid blooms last longer. The downside of bone meal is that it can attract more problems than add benefits.

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September 28, 2021
Adding Dolomite Lime for Orchids: Why, When, and How Much

Dolomite lime for orchids raises the pH in the potting media, correcting the overly acidic soil. It contains calcium carbonate and magnesium, two elements that orchids desperately need to grow. Dolomite lime, known to reduce fungal attacks on orchid leaves, also reduces the toxicity of iron, magnesium, and manganese in your orchid pot.

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September 14, 2021
Rice Water for Orchids: In-Depth Nutrient Analysis

Rice water is favorable for orchids because it increases the starches that beneficial fungi use; it provides the orchid with protein; and promotes accelerated growth, healthy orchid leaves, and stronger, larger orchid roots.

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September 13, 2021
Orchids and Coffee Grounds: Myths That Are Half True

Coffee beans have had the fame of being an excellent source for supplementing your household plant fertilizer, but when it comes to orchids, are the benefits the same? Do they help? In this article, I’m going to analyze what is in coffee beans (as in main chemicals elements and minerals), how that interacts with your plant, and why it is (or isn’t) beneficial for your orchids.

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September 7, 2021
Is Garlic Water Good for Orchids? An In Depth Analysis

Garlic water sprayed onto the orchid’s potting medium is a one of topics that slowly had me in total awe. I started my research as to how garlic worked on plants and in the garden, and that lead to a whole list of the benefits of garlic.

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August 30, 2021
Is Azomite Good for Orchids?

Azomite is a product that often comes up as a possible candidate for fertilizer supplement. In this article, I’ll detail what is in Azomite, if you should use it, and what orchids are best aided by using Azomite.

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August 4, 2021
3 Reasons Banana Peels Should NOT Be Used in Orchid Care

Although banana peels have a high concentration of potassium, banana peels should not be used in orchid care due to 3 things: (1) the Ethylene gas that ages their development, (2) the fungus that grows in the cultured banana water, and (3) the natural attraction of ants and aphids.

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October 12, 2020
How to Fertilize Orchids In Water Culture

In short, there are three main types of water culture methods, and fertilization will be different in each method. In full water culture, the orchid receives fertilizer after the water change and an initial watering. In semi water culture, the fertilizer will be dissolved in the water that it sits in. In semi hydroponics, the fertilizer needs to be added then flushed with each watering.

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July 6, 2020
3 Ways To Fertilize Orchids in Sphagnum Moss

Orchids don’t need a lot of fertilizer. When they are grown in the wild in their natural habitat, they receive nutrition 24 hours a day but in tiny doses. When a current of air rushes by the aerial roots, they pick up a tiny strain of nitrogen. When a monkey such as a long-tailed macaque jumps from limb to limb above them shaking the overhead canopy, the orchid leaves receive a microscopic dose of calcium or magnesium. Torrential rain flushes boron and potassium over the bark and onto the roots. We can’t do that when growing orchids indoors, so we supplement the lack of these nutrients with orchid fertilizers.

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Learn how to promote a  gorgeous bloom each year and what to do after the orchid blooms
October 26, 2021
How To Prune a Cattleya: 4 Steps For More Blossoms

So how do the growers induce Cattleyas to make more flowers? It’s all in the pruning.
To prune Cattleyas, you are in essence inducing the production of new pseudobulbs. Pruning Cattleya orchids so they grow back bushier and with more flowers will involve: 1) finding the rhizome, 2) locating the active eyes, 3) making a tiny cut to sever the rhizome halfway through the orchid, and 4) sealing that cut with fungicide.

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November 28, 2020
Can Orchids Grow from Cuttings? 4 Methods That Work

Propagating orchids from cuttings and spikes seems all too common these days. I’ve seen one too many videos and articles that promise miraculous results from flower spikes and orchid stem cuttings. Just like the “orchids purify the air” or the “ice cubes are good for orchids”, some myths become true after repeating them thousands of times. The misinformation about propagating orchids from cuttings is leading to some pretty sad results. Is it true that orchids can be grown from cuttings?
Orchids can be grown from cuttings but only if the cut is done after a keiki—a new growth on the side of the Phalaenopsis flower spike or stem—has developed good roots and stems. Orchids can also be propagated through the division of back bulbs. Placing cut flower spikes without a keiki into sphagnum moss and closing the lid for one month will not induce the growth of new orchid plants.

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November 27, 2020
When do Phalaenopsis Orchids Bloom? A Guide To Patience

Phalaenopsis orchids will either rebloom on a yearly cycle or the reblooms will spike twice a year. With the production of new Phalaenopsis hybrids every year, at least one species of Phalaenopsis orchids will be in bloom during any specific time of the year, usually during spring or late fall.

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November 22, 2020
Will your grocery store orchid bloom again?

The grocery store orchid, called Phalaenopsis, will bloom again after the first blossoms wilt and fall off. Phalaenopsis orchids are known to rebloom frequently if given the right temperature, light conditions, amount of water and fertilizer, and a decent potting medium. To rebloom the grocery store orchid, the spike needs to be cut after the last flowering node. When the flower spike is cut back close to the stem, the orchid will not rebloom. Instead, it will focus on developing healthy roots and new leaves.

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October 2, 2020
How to Rebloom a Dendrobium Orchid: Den Phal and Nobile

In this guide, I’ll explain how to rebloom both the Den-Phal and the Dendrobium Nobile, which are the most common Dendrobiums found in markets. They have very unique and distinct reblooming requirements.
A Dendrobium Nobile will rebloom yearly when a reduction of 20 to 30% in water has occurred, temperatures have dropped to 55° F or 13° C during fall and winter, and when potassium levels are increased.
A Dendrobium Phalaenopsis will rebloom up to three times a year when watering is slightly decreased during fall and winter, but all other conditions remain the same.

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August 24, 2020
What's an Orchid Node? & 9 Other Flower Spike Questions

When it comes to cutting the flower spike on orchids, a lot of questions and insecurities flourish, especially if this is the first time you’ve cut an orchid spike. How long should the spike be? Where should I cut it? How do I encourage reblooming? How long do I leave the spike? There is one basic element around the questions above circulate: the orchid node. So, let’s dive into what an orchid node is and go deeper from there.

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March 10, 2020
What are Sheaths? Learn to Encourage Blossoms in Cattleyas

When you have a Cattleya orchid (or any another orchid that produces sheaths), it can be a little worrisome to know when a flower spike is going to appear. In this article, you’ll learn about sheaths, what their purpose is, and what to do if the bud never bursts through the sheaths to produce that beautiful blossom that you’ve anxiously been waiting for.

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January 2, 2020
Orchid Care After Blooming: Complete Guide

Once your phalaenopsis orchids have bloomed, you need to maintain the care of the orchid for next year’s bloom. The majority of orchid flowers will have bloomed and dropped by the late fall months, so this will be the best time for pruning. There are several things you need to do, which include:
-Cutting the flower stem back,
-check for repotting time
-encourage rebloom
-Add fertilizer
-move your orchid to an area with cooler temperatures

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This is the part that is the least liked. Fortunately, knowing what you're facing is half the battle. As they say, the best defense is a good offense, and with correct and detailed information, you can plan your battles against problems wisely. With the correct knowledge, learn how to treat the most common problems found with orchids, be it pest, fungus, bacteria, viruses, rot, and other problems.
November 30, 2020
Yellowing Orchid Spikes: 7 Reasons & Their Remedies

One of the main ways orchids communicate what is happening to them is through the color change. Their leaves, roots, stems, and flower spikes can all change colors, displaying the most varied differences in what should be normal.
If an orchid produces a flower spike and it turns into a pale yellow, either the potting medium and environment are too dry, it is suffering from nutrient deficiency, an extreme change in temperature suddenly affected the blossoms, high concentrations of elements in the water supply, presence of ethylene gas in the environment, and it might indicate a normal decaying process.

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November 23, 2020
Orchid Leaves Stopped Growing? 9 Reasons & Explanations

Your orchid care is going wonderful, with beautiful blossoms and the right lighting, humidity, and fertilizer. All of the sudden, your orchid stops growing. The orchid’s leaves stall and halt their growth altogether.
Orchid leaves stop growing because of nine reasons: 1) change in fertilization percentages, 2) lack of stored energy, 3) Phosphorus or Nitrogen Deficiency, 4) Dehydration, 5) sudden change in environment, 6) development of a flower spike, 7) too bright of light, 8) decomposed potting medium, and 9) caregiver anxiety.

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October 8, 2020
Is This Orchid Mold or Something Else? 3 White Fuzz Culprits

The white fuzz that appears to be cotton inside the orchid potting medium can be either orchid mold, powdery mildew, or mealybugs. In time, these three components will prevent the growth of a healthy orchid and need to be treated immediately.

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August 18, 2020
Orchid Sticky Sap: 3 Reasons Leaves are Covered in Dew

The reasons orchid leaves become covered in sticky sap are 1) the blossoming flowers produce honeydew that drips on the top leaf, 2) excretions that are left behind by insects such as aphids, mealybugs, and scale, and 3) the natural tendency for the orchid to neutralize hydration pressure by releasing water which contains sucrose.

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August 11, 2020
Orchid Bark Bugs: 5 Creatures that Infest Potting Mix

Some kind of undesired bug is moving around in the orchid bark inside your pot. Due to that clear-plastic pot, you’re seeing more and more of them What are they? Insects? Pests? Overgrown Bacteria? Whatever it is, it’s not supposed to be there. Before you freak out and spray the entire orchid shelf with Raid, let’s identify the creatures to better eliminate them.
This article will focus on the specific bugs found in orchid bark. The potting medium can be fir bark, pine bark, redwood bark, cypress bark, or any type of store-bought bark. The pests and insects that inhabit the orchid bark potting mix are: symphyla, springtails, soil mites, psocids, and scale.

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July 15, 2020
Should You Use Hydrogen Peroxide on Your Orchid?

Does Hydrogen Peroxide harm the orchid? Although Hydrogen Peroxide does have antimicrobial properties, it is not recommended for orchid care. The oxidizing properties of Hydrogen Peroxide on your orchid roots will burn and destroy the healthy velamen that protects the roots, hindering their absorption characteristics. Instead of only hindering a bacteria, Hydrogen Peroxide also hinders healthy orchid growth.

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May 15, 2020
Yellow Roots on Orchids: Cut Off, Nurture, or Ignore them?

When you start repotting for the first time, you can come across roots in several conditions: crackly brown, deathly yellow and pale, plump and green, or slimy black. Yellow roots are on that borderline decision: what are they? How did the orchid roots get this yellow color? And more importantly, what to do with them.
Yellow roots on orchids are not a sign they are sick. The yellow tinge indicates a lack of chlorophyll in the orchid roots, since they haven’t had access to sunlight. Most likely, these yellow roots are in the middle of the vase, and not on the outside of the clear plastic pots, where luscious green roots prevail. The pale yellow doesn’t indicate a sign of decomposition and should not be cut off.

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May 12, 2020
How To Eliminate Green Algae in the Orchid Pot

If you have a transparent plastic pot, it’s more than probable that at one point or another, you’ll have green slime growing on the sides of the pot. This green algae in orchid pots is not harmful to your orchid, but it’s best if it didn’t grow in your pot.
How do you properly eliminate the green algae from the orchid pot? The solution to killing algae is simple: block the light. Place your transparent pot inside a solid pot, with no light. The roots will live long enough to kill off the algae, and you can have a nice-looking pot again.

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April 25, 2020
Best Insecticides to Eliminate Orchid Pests & Bugs

When you’ve dedicated so much time to cultivating and caring for your orchid, it’s only natural that when a little critter appears in your potting medium, all kinds of emotions can occur. Pests, insects, bugs and all the little life forms that harm your orchid can drive us, orchid growers, crazy. In this article, you’ll learn what the most commonly used products are to eliminate insects from your potting media.

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March 20, 2020
Fungus Gnats: Why most Methods to Eliminate Them Don’t Work

Gnats are a commonly found pest when growing orchids. It doesn’t even have to be orchids: just leave a cut grapefruit on the kitchen table overnight and in the morning, you’ll probably have a gnat or two hoovering above it. Gnats are drawn to the moisture and humidity that the orchid provides, and if you haven’t had them yet, buckle up, buttercup, you’ll probably going to have them somewhere down the line. Almost every orchid grower experiences gnats at least once.

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March 17, 2020
Orchid Ringspot Virus: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Orchids get sick just like humans do. Bacterial infections are common among orchids, mainly due to watering and humidity, and lots of how-to guides have been written about how to treat them. But when a virus infects an orchid, it’s hard to know what to do. After all, how do you know when a virus has infected an orchid, and most importantly, how do you treat it.

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March 12, 2020
Do Orchids Attract Ants? 8 Unique Methods to Eliminate Ants

Ants and orchids are never a good combination. One day you’re misting your orchids or watering them, and as soon as the water drenches the potting medium, here they come. Ants: black, red, small, big, two, millions… No matter what kind of ants your orchid has, it’s not a good sign.
Orchids do not attract ants for the most part. They specialize in attracting specific species of bees, moths, butterflies, humming birds, but not ants. What attracts the ants into your potting medium is that the other pests who produce a sugary sap have probably already infested the pot. The ants are attracted to your orchid to feed on the sap that aphids leave behind.

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March 7, 2020
Sphag & Bag Method: Rescuing an Orchid with no Roots

Occasionally when you repot, you’ll pull out what seemed like a healthy orchid out only to find it has no roots—not one. How do you save an orchid with no roots? There’s hope to rescuing this rootless orchid, using a method called the Sphag and Bag Technique, and help it grow new roots. But first, you have to know what caused the roots to fall off in the first place.
With no roots, orchids are also slowly dehydrating and will die if not treated. Sphag and Bag Method prolongs the time an orchid has before dying, enough to hopefully grow a new root. The aim of the Sphag and Bag Method is to raise the humidity around the leaves so they will absorb water in the newly created micro-atmosphere. With enough water, an orchid with no roots will eventually create new roots.

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March 6, 2020
Rescue Orchids: Can a Phalaenopsis Survive without Leaves?

Not all orchids without leaves are doomed to die. Have you ever been at a store and saw a poor, tortured orchid that was on sale for half-price? The temptation to take it home is enormous, since most orchids recover with a little tender loving care. But what if this orchid has leaves that are barely attached, or leaves that you know will have to come off? Can an orchid survive without leaves?

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February 27, 2020
Sphagnum Moss Bugs, Pests & Critters: What’s on my Orchid?

Sphagnum moss is a non-living potting medium, but it can attract various living creatures and annoying pests. You’ve grown your orchid well and managed lighting, fertilizer, watering, humidity and temperature. But now, you have another problem: little bugs have infested your orchids. And what’s worse: these little creatures only are living in the orchids with sphagnum moss or semi-hydroponics. Orchids planted in bark aren’t infected. In this article, we’ll be looking at the various tiny creatures that love to inhabit Sphagnum moss and how to get rid of them for good.

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February 24, 2020
Purple Orchid Leaf? 9 Causes & Solutions

In nature, leaves turn colors in autumn, most fall off during winter, and some remain evergreen. This change in leaf color is truly beautiful to watch—expect when it’s with your orchid. When orchid leaves a change color, they are warning you that something is not quite right. And purple? What could be more alarming than purple orchid leaves?

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February 11, 2020
Black Leaves on Your Orchid? Black Rot and How to Treat It
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February 9, 2020
Mealybugs on Orchids: 7 Remedies to Eliminate Them For Good

What’s the white stuff on my orchid leaves? Mealybugs look like white fuzz, elaborate cotton candy, or the result of a drunk spider trying to make its web. Theses insects chew away at orchid tenders, concentrating on younger growths: any new roots, leaves, sheaths, and new buds. The younger the sprout on your orchid, the more hydrated the cells are, rich with minerals and nutrients. This is extremely attractive to mealybugs, and other insects and pests as well.

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February 7, 2020
Wilting Orchid Flowers: 6 Reasons and How to Fix Them

Orchid flowers will wilt because of 6 reasons: underwatering, temperature change, insects and pests, stress from moving to a new environment, not enough humidity, and the end of a normal life cycle.

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February 4, 2020
Black Spots on Orchid Leaves: Should I be Worried?

Black spots on orchid leaves could mean one of three things: (1) the orchid was bruised during transport or handling, (2) the leaves have had access to more sunlight then they require, or (3) bacteria has infected the leaf.

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February 2, 2020
Yellow Leaves on Your Orchid: 8 Causes and Their Remedies

Yellowing leaves make any orchid grower nervous. The questions are limitless. Should you cut off yellow orchid leaves? What does it mean when leaves turn yellow? How do you fix an overwatered orchid? How do you fix yellow leaves on plants? When the leaves on your orchid start to yellow, it’s normal to feel like something is wrong.

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In this section, our articles all are related to building and maintaining terrariums.
Which orchids to place in the terrarium? How do you water a terrarium? What is maintenance like? What terrarium to buy?
November 25, 2020
Are Terrariums Self-Sustainable? 3 Skills to Build Balance

Terrariums can come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and models. Open terrariums have outside contact with the environment, lacking a sealed lid to trap the humidity inside the jar. On the other hand, closed terrariums do not have any interaction with the outside environment despite the few times that you manually take off the lid. In essence, a self-sustained terrarium is a tiny ecosystem where plants and other organisms work together to form a balanced environment.

In these cases, are terrariums self-sustainable? How do you make a self-sustainable terrarium?

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October 21, 2020
Best Orchid Mister: Both for Orchidarium and Potted Orchids

The best misters for orchids dispense smaller water droplets that evaporate quickly. Good misters have a relaxed activation mechanism which doesn’t require much force to use. For orchid terrariums (orchidarium), the best misters are called foggers and will distribute the mist evenly across the top of the terrarium.

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August 28, 2020
Best Terrarium Plants: 13 Filler Plants for Tropical Setups

When it comes to building a terrarium, filler plants are a necessity. They keep the background and foreground spotted with interest, all while raising the humidity, increasing the interest of your terrarium. Even though my main focus is building orchid terrariums, filler plants can be used in any terrarium.

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August 22, 2020
Orchid Terrariums: Building a False Bottom That’s Efficient

Most orchid terrariums don’t survive after a few months after mounting because they become saturated with stagnant and impure water, causing bacteria proliferation. The substrate becomes putrid, with no exit for the condensation, except to fall on the already oversaturated substrate. The result is a horrifying smell and dead orchids.
Even if you water and mist in the correct doses, this excess humidity inside the terrarium happens for two reasons: tainted water remains in constant contact with the substrate, and the substrate is too compacted for decent airflow. Air isn’t circulating. A false bottom is a perfect solution to fixing both those problems, making your orchid terrarium thrive from the bottom up.

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June 11, 2020
Superglue and Mounted Orchids: Does It Harm the Roots?

Mounting orchids onto a piece of driftwood, cork, or slab is such a rewarding experience. If you place that mounted orchid in a terrarium, the effect is quite compensating, because not only do you have a beautiful, exotic plant but you also have a miniature habitat in which it lives. It’s like you bring a little piece of the subtropical rainforest into your living room.
If you a have a terrarium and are thinking about adding an orchid to it, or if you have a piece of driftwood and want to mount an orchid to it, the most common items that are used to attach it to the slab (of whatever material you are using) are fishing line, string, twine, zip-ties, sewing thread, and superglue.

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February 18, 2020
Orchid Vases: Select the Best Vase for Your Orchid Display

Some of the many pleasures of cultivating orchids is displaying them in floral arrangements, mounting them on driftwood or tree bark, or making a terrarium. The last one is my favorite. To make an orchid terrarium, you need to first pick the right orchid vase.
The type of vase you decide to use will influence what orchids can be planted and how you are going to maintain it. Orchid vases for terrariums are split into three categories: fishbowl vases (or open-mouthed vases), Wardian cases, and terrariums. The last can be further categorized into open and closed terrariums.

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February 17, 2020
Best Orchids for Closed Terrariums

What orchids are most suited for terrariums? Look for orchids that won’t grow more than the size or your open palm—miniature orchids. Out of that list, search for orchids that like high humidity if you are using a closed terrarium, and lower humidity if using an open terrarium.
The most common miniatures are the same as the most popular orchids bought and sold in greenhouses. This might be because of popular demand, but don’t focus on only these.

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 These posts are a bit smaller and answer a specific question about orchid care. If there isn't a post here about the problem or difficulty that you're dealing with, then please get in touch through our contact page and well work on answering your questions.
November 29, 2021
What is an Orchid Plug?

An orchid plug is a wrapping made of peat moss or coconut fiber mixed with sphagnum moss that is wrapped around the roots of young seedling orchid plants. The plug is specially made to protect the very thing, young roots as well as provide frequent airflow and retain moisture.

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September 7, 2021
Is Garlic Water Good for Orchids? An In Depth Analysis

Garlic water sprayed onto the orchid’s potting medium is a one of topics that slowly had me in total awe. I started my research as to how garlic worked on plants and in the garden, and that lead to a whole list of the benefits of garlic.

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August 30, 2021
Is Azomite Good for Orchids?

Azomite is a product that often comes up as a possible candidate for fertilizer supplement. In this article, I’ll detail what is in Azomite, if you should use it, and what orchids are best aided by using Azomite.

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December 2, 2020
My Orchid Spike Broke Off!! What Now??

When an orchid spike breaks off the plant, it tears us apart. It happens to the best of us… That horrible, sad, no good day when we wake up anxiously to see if the spike has opened up into a beautiful blossom. Instead of happiness, we find the orchid fallen on the floor. Worse yet—the spike is snapped and broken, half still on the orchid, half with unopened buds a foot away from the pot. Before you actually kill the cat, first let’s find out what you can do to save this orchid.
Once an orchid spike with unopened buds breaks off completely, there is not much that can be done to save it. The best remedy is to place the spike in a vase of water a sometimes it will bloom. If the orchid spike has partially broken, with some plant tissue still attached, there are a few remedies to still save the spike, such as the band-aid treatment, the splint treatment, and the straw treatment.

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November 19, 2020
5 Reasons to Remove the Plastic From Your Orchid

The first step in your brand-new orchid care is to examine your orchid, and this involves taking it out of the plastic pot it comes in. In this article, I’ll focus strictly on the plastic pot that comes with the orchid and what to do with it.
Remove the plastic pot from the orchid only after the orchid has bloomed and the blossoms have fallen off or wilted. Removing the plastic container and repotting your orchid will expose any problems or pests that are on the root system, allow a fresh change of potting media, and promote better health for your orchid.

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November 17, 2020
Can Orchids Grow in A Glass Container? Successful Floral Designs

Floral gifts are the perfect present for almost all occasions, especially when it comes to orchids. Yet when it comes to selling products, many vendors will push extremes to sell an intricate floral design, dooming the poor orchid to death. That is what happens when it comes to growing orchids in glass containers.
Orchids cannot be grown in a glass container unless some guidelines are applied. The tall glass cone-shaped container is not appropriate for adequate airflow or relative humidity percentages. The lack of these two will speed up the rate at which roots and stem will rot, and your orchid has a slim chance of survival.

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October 6, 2020
Why Is My Orchid Leaf Turning Red? 5 Reasons and Remedies

Orchid leaves will turn red because of lack of phosphorous, poor soil, fluctuating temperatures, too close to the light source, and improper irrigation. Red Orchid leaves always indicate that the orchid is stressed. Orchid leaves, unlike most flowering plants, will not turn red since orchids live in tropical and subtropical climates where there is no temperature fluctuation. They grow at higher temperatures year-round.

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October 5, 2020
Q & A: Why Are My Orchid Leaves Turning Brown?

Orchid leaves turn brown due to dehydration, bacterial brown spot, severe sunburn, salt build-up, fertilizer deficiency, and inadequate relative humidity. The molting of a healthy green color quickly fades into a dark brown, revealing several unnatural problems. Fortunately, all 6 complications are all easy to fix.

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October 1, 2020
Pink and Purple Orchid Roots: 7 Possible Reasons

What do pink or purple roots on my orchid mean? There are seven reasons that orchid roots change colors to a pink or purple: genetic predisposition, prolonged use of tap water, nutrient deficiency, discoloration from spikes, pigmentation in the fertilizer, reaction to over-watering, and a natural UV protection from sunlight.

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August 20, 2020
Best Wood for Mounting Orchids: What Works and What Doesn’t

Some orchids do best when mounted instead of in a pot. In fact, we’re the ones that try to force orchids to fit inside pots to fit our own needs and wants, instead of letting them grow as they do in nature—mounted on trees.
When it comes to mounting orchids on tree bark, don’t pick up the first broken log you see. Some trees will hinder orchid growth while others will provide that extra security with nicks and crannies that orchid roots love to attach to.
The best wood for mounting orchids has long bark durability, is hard grain instead of soft, is rot-resistant, does not contain resins or aromatic saps, and isn’t smooth to the touch. These can include oak, hickory, pecan, manzanita, redwood, locust, lilac, and citrus, excluding pine, fir, willow, and birch.

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August 7, 2020
Phragmipedium VS Paphiopedilum: What’s the difference?

Aren’t Paphiopedilums essentially the same as Phragmipediums? I used to think that all Lady Slippers were just another uncomplicated name for Paphiopedilums. It was quite a surprise when I found out that Lady Slipper Orchids are actually three genera grouped together to form the Cypripedium Alliance: Paphiopedilums, Pragmipediums, and Cypipediums. Each group has quite different growing habits. In this article, you’ll learn to differentiate the two main genera, Paphiopedilums and Phragmipediums, but don’t forget that other tribes also make up the larger known Subfamily of the Lady Slippers. Some authors go on to place smaller tribes in with this larger group, such as the Mexipediums, and the Selenipedium.

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July 23, 2020
Dendrobium Shriveled Canes: 5 Probable Reasons

Shriveled canes on a Dendrobium can cause certain discomfort. Why are they there? Should I cut them? Will they induce more flowers if cut? Are they a sign of dehydration? When your Dendrobium orchid shows signs of shriveled canes, you have several options. The most important is to know what caused the pseudobulb to wrinkle, and go from there.
What are the possible causes of shriveled Dendrobium canes? Dendrobium canes will shrivel due to the end of a normal life cycle, after blossoming has occurred, lack of water or nutrients, and an infection of some kind. These wrinkled canes are to be expected in most of the cases, but you have to be sure which one. Let’s look at them one by one.

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July 21, 2020
Dendrobium Roots: 5 Impressive Tips for Healthy Orchids

Dendrobiums are the 2nd largest genus in the orchid family with over 1,400 cataloged species. These orchids grow in a vast array of conditions: monsoons, tropical rainforest, to cool and drier climates. They have so many differences between the species that it’s almost impossible to write a general care and culture guide for them. Besides the fact that they are light-loving orchids, there is one thing that you can guarantee for having good growth on your Dendrobium orchid—ensuring good roots.
What ensures healthy Dendrobium roots?
To have healthy dendrobium roots, one must guarantee 5 conditions are met: (1) the Dendrobium orchid needs to be rootbound, (2) potted in a high-drainage medium, (3) be free of pests and insects, (4) receive sufficient water, and (5) have all dead roots removed.
Let’s look at those items one by one.

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July 18, 2020
Male and Female Catasetum: 7 Questions About Dimorphism

Catasetum orchids display floral dimorphism, when male and female flowers on the same plant are mutually exclusive and differ by size, shape, smell, and growth patterns. Not only do Catasetum orchids have distinct male and female inflorescences, they also have flowers with both sexes, called hermaphrodite, polymorphic, or unisex flowers. All three blossoms are unique as if they were separate species.

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July 15, 2020
Should You Use Hydrogen Peroxide on Your Orchid?

Does Hydrogen Peroxide harm the orchid? Although Hydrogen Peroxide does have antimicrobial properties, it is not recommended for orchid care. The oxidizing properties of Hydrogen Peroxide on your orchid roots will burn and destroy the healthy velamen that protects the roots, hindering their absorption characteristics. Instead of only hindering a bacteria, Hydrogen Peroxide also hinders healthy orchid growth.

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July 11, 2020
Do Orchids Purify the Air or Improve Air Quality?

This is probably going to be one of the most controversial posts I write since I do not agree with what the media is putting out about houseplants purifying the air—especially orchids. It’s a well-known fact that houseplants, orchids included, exchange carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Bloggers have turned this idea into an exaggerated affirmation, stating that having houseplants inside your house would automatically purify the air you breathe, increase the oxygen levels in your room, and that’s not true.

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July 9, 2020
Heating Pads for Orchids: Luxury or Necessity For Winter?

The best way to provide heat for orchids year-round is with a heating pad for orchids. By increasing the moisture and evaporation after watering, a heating mat placed under the orchid’s pot will raise overall relative humidity (rH) in the environment. Seedling mats for orchids also induce root growth and supply perfect conditions for orchid seedlings to thrive until they are more mature plants.

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June 16, 2020
Top 7 Ways to Clean Orchid Leaves That Actually Work

Have you ever seen those beautiful orchid leaves that almost shine so much they look fake? Don’t get me wrong, they’re gorgeous, but how do you clean an orchid leaf to make it shine like that? They’re so reflective and healthy looking, it’s like the orchid’s leaves are polished.
What is the best way to clean and polish orchid leaves so they shine? To remove the mineral deposits or dust on orchid leaves, wipe the leaf clean with one of these solutions diluted with water: mayonnaise, lemon, mild dish detergent, baby shampoo, vinegar, isopropyl alcohol, or distilled water.

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June 15, 2020
Can a Phalaenopsis Orchid be Planted Outside?

Even though I’m an indoor orchid grower and my orchid collection is limited to my home office, every once in blue moon, I get tempted to grow my orchids outdoors—always killing them. When I lived in Brazil and also in Zimbabwe, the temperatures, sunlight, and humidity were perfect for keeping orchids outside all year round, and I didn’t have any problems with their care. I hardly watered my orchids since handled that.
When I moved back to Kansas, where the climate gets both extreme sides of the cold and the hot, it’s really hard to grow orchids outside. This doesn’t mean it can’t be done, and in this guide, you’ll learn how.

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June 11, 2020
Root Bound Orchids: 5 Important Things You Need To Know

Do Phalaenopsis orchids like to be rootbound? Phalaenopsis orchids appreciate being rootbound, providing that enough air circulation is still present to promote proper gas exchange. There is a limit to how much a Phalaenopsis orchid prefers to be root bound though. When no circulation is present inside the pot due to being rootbound, the Phalaenopsis roots become intoxicated with disrupted gas levels and suffocate, promoting root rot.

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June 3, 2020
Why do orchid leaves curl and twist? 6 Reasons & Remedies

Just by looking at the orchid leaves, you can decipher where your orchid’s health stands and what it has been through in the past. Wilting leaves, spots, limp blossoms, and discolored leaves all tell stories.
When I was watering one of my orchids this morning, I noticed the leaf was bunched together, like it had been twisted. It wasn’t flimsy or limp, but sturdy and otherwise healthy. This curled orchid leaf was bothering me since I saw no exterior sign of pests or insects.
What are some of the culprits to curling and twisting of the orchid leaf?

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June 2, 2020
Edema on Orchid Leaves: What It Is and How To Treat It

Edema on orchids is caused by overwatering or infrequent watering. In this article, you'll see ways to fix that.

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June 1, 2020
Can I Use Leftover Orchid Fertilizer on Household Plants?

With prices that are skyrocketing these days for orchid fertilizer, there’s no reason to be wasting it. With orchids as light feeders, not much fertilizer is necessary. As long as it’s in an extremely weak dose and applied constantly, your orchid will do fine. More often than not, there will be leftover orchid fertilizer when you’re done watering. If you have other household plants, it’s a temptation to just water them with that same fertilized water.
Are there any side effects of using orchid fertilizer for household plants?

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May 22, 2020
Properties of Cinnamon on an Orchid: Antifungal or Desiccant?

There is a lot of wrong advice about cinnamon on the internet that just makes me want to shiver—especially when it comes to applying cinnamon on orchids. It seems like if you tell a lie once, it’s still a lie, but if you publish it on the internet, it miraculously becomes true. Cinnamon has become another one of these tales (just like watering with ice cubes) that has caused misinformation and has had a hand in the death of many orchids.
Cinnamon is not all bad for orchids. In fact, it has many positive properties.

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May 14, 2020
Are Eggshells Good Fertilizers for Orchids?

If you’ve grown orchids for a while, you’ve probably run across the question of using eggshells as a calcium supplement for orchid fertilizer. When you start researching what all goes into the fertilizers, it’s almost natural that you’d want to take a step back and refrain from commercially produced brands. The chemical overload in these fertilizers are nothing to joke about. The next step in this thinking process, is why not make your own?
Eggshells, banana peels, tea bags, molasses, cucumber skin, potato rinds, coffee grounds… What is actually a good idea for a fertilizer supplement, and what is a pure waste of time? In this article, I’ll focus only on eggshells, and the pros and cons of using it as a fertilizer in your orchid potting mix.

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May 5, 2020
Is A Bathroom A Good Place To Keep An Orchid?

In so many home décor magazines you’ll see a beautiful blossoming orchid in the bathroom. Of course, there is humidity in there due to showering and the sink, but can you actually cultivate an orchid in the bathroom and be successful?
Orchids can grow in bathrooms, but you’ll need to constantly check three variants: humidity levels, proper amount of filtered lighting, and toxic gases that can come from products like hairspray, hair dye, fingernail polish remover and other chemical substances. The toxins can kill your orchid faster than the lack of sunlight will. Let’s look at each of these three separately.

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April 6, 2020
Q&A: Do Mini Phalaenopsis Stay Small?
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March 5, 2020
What is a Terminal Spike? Is my Orchid Going to Die?

Occasionally, a flower spike will shoot up from the very center of the orchid, called a terminal spike. What does a terminal flower spike mean, what causes it, and what will to do now?
Terminal flower spikes are a classic sign your orchid has reached maturity and won’t live much longer. There can be many reasons, like insufficient light (not proven), weak flower spikes, genetic mutations and anomalies, but the outcome is mostly the same: this is your orchids way of producing one more shot at life before it knocks on the Big Greenhouse’s doors in the clouds.

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February 13, 2020
Blue Orchids: 3 True Blues and 1 Fake One

Blue orchids, mostly found in supermarkets and grocery stores, are eye-catchers. These Phalaenopsis orchids display a deep, rich blue that is so uncommon in nature. Even people who are not plant-lovers slow their pace when walking by the mystical, jaw-dropping display, and it’s almost as if you can read their minds.
Are these blue orchids real? Can they be natural?

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February 10, 2020
Is my Orchid Dead or Dormant? Top 8 Questions About Orchid Dormancy

Once an orchid has blossomed, displaying its beautifully exotic flowers, it will go into a dormant cycle. Some orchids have a shorter dormant cycle while others need a little longer time to recover. Orchid dormancy starts after the last flower has fallen off the flower spike and can look very different in every species. Some hardly have any signs; others look half-dead.

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February 3, 2020
Top 8 Orchid Questions & Answers about Keikis

An orchid keiki is a baby replica of the mother plant, with the exact same DNA. It’s a clone of the mother plant reproduced asexually—not by pollination. This new baby plant will display the exact same flower pattern, shape, colors, and texture as the mother plant.

Keiki means “the little one, child, or baby” in Hawaiian, which is where the term originated.

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January 21, 2020
Bud Blast: What to do When Orchid Buds Shrivel and Fall?

Bud blast occurs when abrupt changes in the environment are too harsh for the orchid to adjust to, so the orchid withdrawals blossom growth to preserve energy. These changes can be in temperature, lighting, humidity, watering, surroundings, or even insects. To salvage the rest of the buds from blasting, identify what the cause is and treat it soon.

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January 20, 2020
Orchid Humidity Trays: How Efficient Are They?
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December 10, 2019
Can Orchids Dry Out? 7 Tips to Watering on Vacation

Can orchids go without water? Yes. Most orchids will survive for two to three weeks (a typical vacation period) without watering, occasionally up to one month. Cattleya alliance, Dendrobium alliance, and Phalaenopsis all will survive with up to three weeks of not watering as long as their medium is maintained moist. Few varieties can make it up to two months or longer, but with irrevocable damage before death.

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December 4, 2019
Are Orchids Poisonous to Dogs?

Dogs are famous for chewing: slippers, coffee table legs, shoes, and yes, even plants. Once in a while, Max will be found with something he shouldn’t have in his mouth. Households plants are no exception. What happens to a dog when he ingests an orchid? Are orchids poisonous to dogs? Are they toxic?

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December 1, 2019
Are Orchids Poisonous to Cats?

Orchids are not poisonous to cats. Yet there are some items in the orchid pot like chemical fertilizers and additional nutrients that may cause damage and severe gastrointestinal irritation if ingested. Place your orchid where animals can’t interact freely with them, and your pet should be fine.

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November 5, 2021
Traveling with Orchids: Essential Tips Before You Pack

You just found out that there’s a huge orchid show a few states over, and it’s promoting international orchid sellers. Before you can even think, you’ve made reservations for flights and hotel and your bags are half packed. As in a slight hesitation, the thought crosses your mind: Can you travel with orchids on airplanes?

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August 16, 2021
Orchid Setup: How to Create an Indoor Space to Grow Orchids

To set up a grow space for indoor orchids, you’ll need to provide lighting for 12 -16 hours a day (be it artificial or not), sufficient humidity that is above 40% most of the time, ample air movement such as an overhead fan circulating on low speed, and a way to catch drips such as a pan or pebble tray.

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August 14, 2021
Free Excel Spreadsheet Orchid Tracker

The purpose of this excel worksheet is to help you keep track of when to water, repot, and fertilize your orchids.

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October 3, 2020
How to Repot an Orchid with Air Roots: 5 Tips for Success

To repot an orchid with air roots, 1) soak the entire orchid for 10 to 30 minutes below the stem or rhizome before the repotting process to make the air roots malleable. 2) Determine whether or not each aerial root needs to be inserted in the pot or remain on the outside. 3) Carefully manage the air root while arranging them either inside or outside the pot. 4) Fill the pot with potting medium up to the lower part of the stem or to the rhizome.

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August 6, 2020
Phragmipedium Types: Easy Tips to Categorize the 6 Orchids

Phragmipedium orchids are just one of the divisions of the genus Cypripediaea, most commonly grouped together in one big bundle, known as the Lady Slipper Orchids. To form this vast genus, the Phragmipedium orchids group together with both the Paphiopedilums and the Cypripediums.
The main differentiation in these three orchid genera is the location on the map. Phragmipediums are cultivated in the western hemisphere, anywhere from southwest Mexico, down into Central America and thriving in the northern and middle parts of South America. Their “cousins”, the Paphiopedilums, are grown mainly in Asia, and sometimes referred to as the Asian Lady Slipper. The third and last group, the Cypripediums, are grown in northern temperate climates.
This article will only focus on the Phragmipediums, grown in the Americas.

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July 10, 2020
Mounting Orchids on Clay Pots: Complete Guide and Directions

Mounting orchids on clay pots is a feasible way to grow cool-growing orchids. Because clay pots retain more moisture than the normal, clear, plastic pots and cool the temperatures that are in contact with the roots, cool-growers thrive when mounted on terracotta or clay pots.
How do you mount orchids on a clay pot? First, you’ll need to soak your pot in water to saturate it. Then you position your orchid onto the pot so the maximum root surface is directly touching the pot. Fasten firmly with the cord of your choice: twine, fishing line, elastic bands… The only difference in mounting an orchid to clay and other material, like on a cork slab, is where or not you use sphagnum moss. I’ll get to that later in the article.

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June 18, 2020
13 Foolproof Signs That Indicate Your Orchid Is Healthy

Once you get your first orchid and learn how to care for it, it’s only natural to wonder if your orchid is healthy. Is the care that you are providing to your orchid enough for it to thrive? Several signs that indicate whether an orchid is healthy or on the verge of complete disaster, and in this article, you’ll learn what signs to look for that indicate there might be a problem with your orchid.
How do I know my orchid is healthy? Healthy Phalaenopsis orchids will have strong leaves with a lime-green color that is uniform along the full extension of the leaf. Areal roots will be present in a healthy Phalaenopsis orchid, with thick silver-gray velamen and soft green tips.

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May 11, 2020
How To Plant Orchids in Hanging Baskets: Complete DIY Guide

Orchids don’t need to be tucked away under grow lights or just crammed into a corner of the best-lit window. You can hang your orchid in an overhead basket, and watch it cascade down into a beautiful waterfall of flowers. Orchids in hanging baskets are often one of the best ways to display orchids, and contrary to popular belief, they aren’t much different to care for if you take the following precautions.
Another great positive point for hanging an orchid in a basket is the space that you can save. When the window sill or the table by the window becomes crowded, hanging orchid baskets can be a way to salvage each ray of filtered sunlight that comes through the window. Many people ignore the ceiling as a space-saver, and hanging baskets can amplify your available space…because let’s face it, we always end up purchasing one more orchid…and another…and another.

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May 5, 2020
33 Best Low Light Orchids: Top Recommended Orchids for Shade
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May 1, 2020
6 Exquisite Colors of Moth Orchids and Their Meanings

Phalaenopsis, or moth orchids, come in a myriad of colors, displaying exotics patterns and intricate designs. The Phalaenopsis is only one of the 780 genera of orchids, totalizing over 28,000 species of different types of orchids. Inside the genus of Phalaenopsis, there are 60 unique orchids, all pertaining to the same specifications. I won’t cover all 60 of course, but group them by colors. In this article, you’ll learn what colors orchids come in and what each color symbolizes.
Moth orchids come in several colors: vibrant red, salmon orange, pink, purple, frosty white, and even black. The one color you won’t see in Phalaenopsis is blue. These are tinted with dye to produce a temporary effect, and actually hurts the orchid. Even black orchids are found in nature, even though, rarer.

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April 30, 2020
Peloric Orchids: What to Know Before You Buy One

Once you start becoming familiar with orchids, you quickly recognize the structure of three sepals, two petals and a labellum (or lip). Every once in a while, though, you’ll come across an orchid that doesn’t have that accustomed type of structure. This peculiar orchid seems to be distorted, mutated, or deformed—what we call a peloric orchid. In this article, you’ll learn why this happens and what to expect from next year’s blooms.

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April 15, 2020
How to Grow Indoor Orchids in Dry, Desert-Like Spaces
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April 9, 2020
10 Best Indoor Orchids to Cultivate in your Living Room

Orchids vary in size, shape, fragrance, growing conditions, and almost every other category that you can imagine. With over 9,000 genera of orchids that have been scientifically catalogued, each with different species (around 30,000 different species) it’s a little hard to know which orchids will grow in our living room. The truth is, not all will.
Some orchids need special conditions to grow successfully: proper lighting, humidity, ventilation, pH of the water, and other variants. These can only be successfully grown in greenhouses and specialized locations. When it comes to picking out orchids to grow indoors though, the list can narrow significantly.
What are the best orchids to grow indoors? Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, Paphiopedilum, Dendrobium, Cymbidium, Ludisia, Miltonia, Oncidium, Phaius, and Zygopetalums are the best orchids to grow indoors without many adaptations from the homeowner.

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April 3, 2020
Best Tips & Secrets: How to Buy Orchids Online

Sometimes the local nursery doesn’t have the options or availability of the orchids that are on our wish list. The next step is to search online for that special orchid.
Buying orchids online can be a risky business. It’s hard to know what to look for, what to overlook, and when to forcefully say, “No!” and demand your money back. In this article, you’ll learn the guidelines to good orchid buying online.

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March 23, 2020
2 Solutions for Multiple Orchids in One Pot

You can pot several orchids in the same pot, and the good news is that there are several ways to do this successfully. On the other hand, keeping them in individual pots is actually healthier and safer when it comes to treating problems like: black rot, mealy bugs, aphids, spider mites and other pests that can infest the orchid. It’s a delicate decision and the risks of loosing the orchids does increase when potting this way

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March 19, 2020
How To Mount A Mini Phalaenopsis on Driftwood
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March 4, 2020
Orchid Scents: The Top 18 Most Fragrant Orchids

Why do some orchids have a scent and others do not? Orchids produce an aroma for one reason only: to attract pollinators. Most typical orchid pollinators are bees, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and flies. Since they want a specific one, they have adapted over thousands of years to find what attracts one specific pollinator and offers them something they’d like.

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March 1, 2020
Best Plant Stand for Orchids: What to Know Before Buying

Orchid bench, orchid plant stand, orchid rack, stands, holders, shelves, tables—you name it, if you keep growing orchids, you’ll eventually get one.
Plant stands for orchids are a natural evolution for the orchid grower. Once you get your first orchid and successfully grow it, you’ll soon discover that orchids are contagious: you’ll get another, and one more, and a different one… Soon, the window sill won’t be able to hold all the amazingly stunning species and genera that you have.

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February 28, 2020
5 Unique Ways to Use Bamboo Skewers with Orchids

Bamboo Skewers serve so many purposes than just the traditional barbeque. With orchid cultivating, you can diversify how you use bamboo skewers and really expand your knowledge and creatively inclement bamboo skewers in your hobby.
Four basic ways to use bamboo skewers in orchid cultivation is: (1) stabilizing an orchid with poor root system, making it secure in the pot, (2) Testing the water necessity of the orchids inside the potting medium, (3) add depth, height, and interest into floral designs without having to repot, (4) hand pollinating orchids, and (5) mounting orchid terrariums and vivariums.

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February 25, 2020
DIY Orchid Kokedama Floral Design: 7 Easy Steps

If you haven’t heard of Kokedama before, you’re probably wondering what that is. Kokedama (苔玉) is a Japanese term for “moss ball”; Koke means moss and dama means ball. Kokedamas actually are a category inside the bonsai group, and their popularity grew instantly.
Even though the traditional Kokedama were to be displayed inside on tables and bookshelves, they have become so diverse and now are being made into hanging plants and hung outside.
If you happen to catch the “Kokedama Fever” and make more than one, they look awesome hanging up from strings. When you have a collection, you have what the is called a String Garden.

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February 6, 2020
Vanilla Orchid: Best Tips on How to Grow Vanilla Indoors

Vanilla is used in modern-day cooking to add flavor to coffee, chocolate, cookies, cakes—all the good stuff in life starts with c—and almost every sweet recipe you can name.

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February 5, 2020
Best Humidifiers for Orchids: Product Reviews

Why do you need a humidifier? Orchids like a constant temperature during the year, only changing 10ºF at night. To maintain higher temperatures during the day, especially during winter, you’ll need to keep the heater running. Indoor heating pulls all the relative humidity in the room out, as it heats the air.

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January 19, 2020
Edible Orchids: 4 Best Culinary Tips & a Delicious Recipe

Edible orchids are a way to spice up any recipe, but since the beginning of Chinese literature, orchids have found been famous for medicinal properties, too. Unfortunately, none of the orchids are tested in our modern-day labs for their medicinal value, tradition still holds orchids in high regard when it comes to food and health value.

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January 9, 2020
15 Best Gifts for Orchid Lovers: Unique Presents They'll Love

What’s does gifting an orchid mean? What underlying meanings could you be portraying?
Giving flowers is a tradition that can be found in most every culture: Romans, Greeks, Chinese and Egyptians. Romance is the first reason as why people use flowers as gifts, but a single rose or a whole bouquet of roses can signify several things: an apology, a desire, support through difficult times, or a thinking-of-you gift.

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