How to Grow and Care for Orchids
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What do you need to grow orchids?

I am about to get married and my wife loves orchids, I want to give her a freshly planted orchid seed for a wedding gift. I have been told that they take years to grow and I thought it would be a nice symbolic gesture of how our love should grow over the years. I want to know what I need to buy to make sure this doesn't turn out to be a pile of dirt in a pretty plant pot. My idea is to buy an "Orchid Kit" with everything she will need.

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1 Jason { 03.26.10 at 4:57 pm }

Orchids by nature like shady and cool place…with sunlight but not direct sunlight. So to protect your Orchids from sun burnt you should use a net to screen the sunlight. You could buy this net in garden shops. Generally, orchids are high maintenance plants, they need constant attention if you like them in bloom regularly. There are liquid fertilizer…actually its known as soluble fertilizer you will know more about them when you check out any garden shops, fertilizer as food supplement or for blooming purposes. I don’t like spray fertilizer it’s hazardous to ones health. I favor the multicote fertilizer…commonly known as slow release fertilizer that you could also buy from garden shops. Dendrobium variety is quite a lot of choices…and they easily bloom too, if you are a first time gardener on orchids I suggest Dendrobium, Vanda and Phalaeonopsis…then other variety will follow…there are lots and lots of them.

2 birdsx61 { 03.26.10 at 5:21 pm }

I used to grow Orchids from seed….it takes laboratory conditions to do it. I’m afraid there is no such thing as an orchid kit. How about a nice Cymbidium, they need to be divided every few years and each time you wind up with a few plants instead of one, there’s symbolism for you. Besides, they are very easy to culture and are reliable bloomers.

3 dorchid00 { 03.26.10 at 5:49 pm }

You are not going to be able to find seed but you can find flasks of plants online. Your flask will come with at least 30 tiny seedlings that will need to be potted as soon as they arrive. You will need small bark or sphagnum moss to plant them in. Expect half of them to die and maybe 4 to have vigourous growth. Depending on what species you select it may take years for them to bloom.

I think you should search Andy’s Orchids and just find a real neat species that you both like and just buy a full grown plant. Don’t get something run of the mill like a Phalaenopsis.