Many people would love to grow orchids inside their homes but do not attempt to do so because they think that it is not possible. It doesn’t take an expert gardener to know how to grow orchids. Orchids are the same as any other plants; they need to have their ideal living conditions to live and thrive. If a person can understand how to grow other plants inside the home, then they can understand how to grow orchids.
“How to grow orchids?” you ask. The first part of growing orchids is choosing the type. There are four basic types that have different living conditions. Epiphytes grow on trees in nature. Lithophytes grow in the surfaces of rocks. Saprophytes grow in decaying plants on the forest floor. Finally, terrestrials send their roots into soil or sand. The most common type of orchid is the epiphytes. It is easily grown in tree bark, crumbled charcoal, pebbles, or on cork planks.
The right amount of light is probably the most important thing to know about how to grow orchids. Light will determine whether or not the plants will bloom. You can tell how much light an orchid needs by looking at the foliage. If there is too much light, the leaves will become yellow. In this case, the plant should be moved to a shadier location. When there is not enough light, the leaves will become dark emerald green. If this happens, the plant should be given more light in order to grow well.
Water is another important element in knowing how to grow orchids. Since epiphyte orchids absorb water from the air, it is not good to allow them to stand in water. The plant will let you know when it needs water. Crinkled leaves indicate that more water is needed while soggy leaves mean that there is too much water. Orchids can tolerate being too dry much better than they can tolerate being too wet.
Knowing how to grow orchids is not as difficult of a task as you first may have thought. Pay close attention to the color and feel of the leaves to make sure the orchid is getting the right amount of water and light. These are the two most important elements to growing orchids.