How to Grow and Care for Orchids
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Questions about orchids…?

I live in Hawaii where orchids grow like corn. However, I seem to be one of those unable to keep them going. I found two orchid plants in my neighbor's yard and took them home. I put them in a wooden box with gravel and moss. I have them on my lanai where they get plenty of light but little direct sun. How often should I water and what should I use for fertilizer? And will the things that I've already done hurt them?

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1 R. W. { 04.27.10 at 4:55 pm }

A peat moss and sandy soil is good. You should avoid long hours of full sun, but they won’t mind a couple hours of morning sun. Water only once a week! Overwatering is harmful. You should use non-chlorinated water – like bottled water. A bit of Miracle Gro once a month while flowering is advised. Spray down the leaves once or twice a week with a plant mister.

One of my orchids has nearly 18 blooms!

Good luck!

2 D O'Conner { 04.27.10 at 5:28 pm }

you should google orchids and find out which you have. most likely the conditions inside your house are suitable for growing the plant. you should pot it in bark or another quickly draining media and water it only when it is nearly dry, unless it has psuedobulbs, as some orchids such as cattleyas and oncidiums do, then you should wait until dry. if your home has low humidity then place them over a tray of pebbles and water, making sure that the plant isn’t actually in the water. fertilize once per week with 30-10-10 or similar formula when in growth stage and 10-30-30 or similar when in bloom. do this at 1/4 the monthly recommendation once per week to avoid overfeeding your orchid. direct sunlight will harm most orchids, as will overwatering.
also make sure there is air movement where you keep your plants. you don’t want them do develop fungal or bacterial problems.
good luck
if they were doing well in the wild, do your best to mimic their habitat there. that is what they like, after all.