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Growing Orchids

Saturday, July 22, 2017

I had checked out a demonstration and discussion about the care, feeding, and repotting of Orchids during one of those Spring Garden Shows. These care instructions are specifically for southern California areas, as well as maybe other tropical American states and countries with similar weather conditions.

An orchid contains 3 sepals, 2 petals, and a 3rd petal, as well as male and female parts, all combined into a flower column. It is a zygomorphic plant, which means symmetrical. There are over 30,000 species all over the world, which makes it the largest plant family worldwide.

The vanilla plant is also a part of the orchid family.

In order to place orchids, it is important to place the plants that need the most light on top, while placing plants that need less light at the bottom. If you want to grow your orchids inside your home, then you may need to add extra light. Consider LED light and its duration; the sun has RGB light, where the green isn’t needed, red is needed for the flower and root growth, and blue is needed for the stems, leaves, and strong health. Therefore, the LED has low heat and electricity. Just use the red or blue light. The leaves are better off to be dark green color and have less light. But when you notice the leaves to be a light green color or yellow green color, there will be more flowers. It is important to balance light, heat, water, air, and nutrients during seasons and temperature changes as well as indoor and outdoor placement. Know your particular orchid and its particular requirements.

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