Orchids have always fascinated us with their colourful blooms and "keeping qualities". They were among the first flowering plants to evolve. Today there are more than 35,000 different species of orchids all over the world.
Exotic and delicate though they may look, orchids are great survivors. They are sturdy plants that are easy to keep alive. What is difficult though, is to get them to bloom again.
Choose the orchid you want to grow very carefully. Hybrid varieties are easier to grow as they are more adaptable.
The easiest way to grow these plants successfully, is to reproduce their natural living conditions. In order to do this you need to know a little about your chosen plant. Broadly speaking, plants that have large thin leaves require a cooler temperature than those with thick fleshy leaves.
The amount of sunlight a plant needs and the air circulation around it needs to be considered. By and large, most orchids need to be protected from direct sunlight. Exposure to too much sunlight will result in sunburnt and skinny leaves, whereas, too little sunlight will result in dark green foliage, with no flowers.
Care of the orchid:
Most orchids are pest free. Besides, they are tough plants so they do not need any special care. Rainwater should be used to water these plants. Regular watering is not required. On an average, watering every 4-5 days in summer and 10-15 days in winter, should be adequate. However, the best way to decide is to feel the soil. When the soil feels dried out, it means that the plant needs watering. One should be careful while removing dead flowers from the plant. This should be done without damaging the inflorescence from which the flower grows. otherwise, the growth of the plant will be affected.