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How to Take Care of Orchids

Orchids belong to one of the largest plant families called Orchidaceae, and is considered to be one of the most popular house plants due to its easy-going nature and exotic petals. In addition to orchids being a luxurious present, it's also often given as a gift for occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or just as a mere kind gesture. It is said that orchids bring good luck, warmth, and joy to every home where they are kept. That is why they are considered to be the perfect housewarming gift. On that account, It is important to provide orchids with the proper growing conditions in order to keep them alive for as long as their nature would allow. Despite their complexity, orchids are easy to take care of! It only takes a few simple rules to keep them blooming for a long period of time which could reach up to six months!


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1. Repotting

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Choosing the right pot is crucial. Ensure that the bottom of your pot has drainage holes so that any excess water can drain completely. Your orchid will need to be repotted into a pot that has holes at its base, if it comes in one that doesn't have one. When new growth begins to appear after the orchid has finished flowering, it is the perfect time to repot it. Your orchids should be planted in the smallest pot that their roots can fit into and staked to ensure their stability. 


2. Watering

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It is important for orchids to get the right amount of water, not too much or too little. However, it is important to note that there is also a seasonal variation in what is considered to be the appropriate amount. For instance, a hot summer can cause orchids to dry out more quickly than a cold winter. The last thing you want is for your orchid to die quickly. The ideal and most efficient way is to water your orchid the traditional way - just spray water once every seven to ten days. 


3. Light and Temperature


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Taking care of an orchid requires careful attentionI to light and temperature. It is ideal to place your orchids where there is bright and indirect sunlight. As for the temperature, orchids must be kept in a cooler environment at night. Some orchids such as Phalaenopsis need a cool down temperature of 5°F/3°C, while others like Cymbidium need a cool down temperature of 20°F/10°C. Chemical reactions within the plant are triggered by these temperature changes. During daytime, orchids require a temperature anywhere between 70°F-80°F.


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