Orchids - Easy to Grow?
August 20, 2010
Yes, many orchids are easy to grow! Like any living thing, they have a few requirements: light, food, and water. They need as much bright, indirect light as you can give them. I learned not to put them in direct sunlight, as they will develop black spots on the blooms and leaves.
As for food and water, orchids need consistency. During the winter, water them thoroughly each week, and in the summer, they may require water every other day. I feed year-round with a diluted mix. I also recommend potting them in an orchid bark mix as it allows the roots to breathe.
The easiest orchids I have found to grow are Dendrobium orchids. MCPL has a fabulous selection of books about orchids. The Orchid Grower’s Handbook, by Wilma and Brian Rittershausen, is an excellent book that will answer most of your questions about orchids from planting to pests. Check it out and and try growing orchids yourself. You will fall in love with their vibrant, long-lasting blooms!