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Not all orchids are created equal. Most of the varieties on the market are hybrids, bred to flourish indoors with minimal care from you. Place in bright light where the plant will get some full sun. Water every one to two weeks, and let soil dry thoroughly between waterings. Keep warm, fertilize regularly, and repot every year or two.

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Cymbidium The Cymbidium features large blossoms and grassy foliage, and it comes in standard and miniature varieties. Note that mini Cymbidiums need more warmth than larger ones.

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Flower hues include brown, green, pink, red, white, and yellow. Cymbidium likes bright light with some full sun and requires temperatures to drop by 20 degrees Fahrenheit each night. Water heavily, fertilize in spring and summer, and back off in fall and winter. This breed blooms in shades of orange, pink, purple, red, white, and yellow. Most types flourish in bright light with some full sun.

Water and fertilize with a heavy hand, but let your orchid go dormant in winter. Repot Dendrobium on a two- or three-year cycle. Epidendrum These are some of the easiest orchids out there, and some varieties produce bloom after bloom for years on end in green, orange, pink, purple, red, white, or yellow. All Epidendrums require bright light, and some need full sun.

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Fertilize and water thoroughly in spring and summer, then allow these orchids to go dormant in fall and winter. Change to a larger pot every two or three years. Masdevallia Masdevallia produces small, pyramid-shaped blooms in orange, pink, purple, red, white, and yellow. While this orchid needs bright light and high humidity, keep away from direct sun. This type needs cool temperatures to thrive between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit , as well as plenty of air circulation. Water daily, except during the winter dormancy, when you can space hydration out to every two or three days.

Repot Masdevallia orchids every year or two. Miltonia orchids love high humidity and temperatures under 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Let this variety dry out thoroughly between waterings, and repot every year or two. Odontoglossum Odontoglossum orchids feature spotted blossoms some are also ruffled in brown, pink, purple, white, and yellow.

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Give bright light, fertilize, and water frequently, but back off the water and fertilizer during winter dormancy. Keep the environment below 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and repot into a new small container every year or two. Javascript is not enabled in your browser. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. Shop Indie eBooks.

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Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. Overview A home growers guide to growing orchid favorites. In the measuring cup I have peroxide in that, not water. I let them sit for 30 minutes, every 5 min I would shake the syringes around to stir up the seeds. Use a drip of peroxide to get it off the spoon onto the media.

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Make sure they are tightened and put the rubber bands around them again. The light will cause the peroxide to break down into water. Well that's it, all you have to do now is put the flasks in a bright area with no direct sunlight, wait and hope there is no contamination. Question 5 weeks ago on Step Question 3 months ago. WOW, I have to say, you really must love Orchids. That is a lot of things to do to start them off. Sadly we buy ours pretty much grown and yet to keep even one alive for any long length of time. And we still have no idea what we are doing wrong.

Reply 9 months ago. It's been two years since you posted, so you probably won't see this. Also, I apologize for waking up a dormant post but I think I could provide some valuable information. They are grown on a commercial scale in which the plant soil is pumped full with nutrients. First thing to do when you bring them home is to change the soil for fresh orchid soil.

Furthermore, consider that these orchids normally are growing on trees and such, they barely get nutrients or water. They are perfectly fine if you forget to water them for a few weeks and barely if ever need any additional nutrition added to the water. When you were able to keep orchids alive, it might be that the plant does not produce flowers for a long time. It actually means that you are taking care of the plant too well.

This might sound strange but orchids only flower after the plant was stressed. So stop watering for a while, then after some weeks give it a nice shower with room temperature water until water literally is running out of the bottom of the pot. After that give some water on a weekly basis. The plant should start forming flowers within the next weeks.

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Oh and for this kind of orchids, use see through pots the root system needs light. Question 1 year ago on Introduction. I hope you have great success with this project, and I look forward to seeing a future instructable about what to do after they get too big for the jars!


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By Chris Rode Follow. More by the author:. Add Teacher Note. I also ordered some P Germination Medium. I recieved my P Germination Medium in the mail, so I can start the first main step. I got all of the equipment ready for this step. P Germination Medium Tongs Lots of little jars, for every packet of seeds.