Grow Healthy Orchids Under Artificial Lights, In 5 Easy Steps

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One of the vital growth requirements for an orchid to remain healthy is sufficient light, both in terms of its intensity and the number of hours it is available. Unfortunately, for indoor orchids, it is not always possible to achieve either the correct levels or duration of daylight that the orchid would receive in its natural habitat.

The answer to this is the use of artificial lights to supplement the natural daylight. However, most new orchid growers believe this additional level of orchid care to be beyond their ability and avoid considering it as an option.By reading this you will discover the way to provide your orchid with the ideal lighting conditions without getting involved with complicated equipment and having to acquire expert knowledge.

Here we describe the comprehensive step by step method that a new orchid grower can apply to ensure their orchid receives both the correct type and quantity of light by supplementing natural daylight with artificial light. Plus, as a bonus, we have added a short review of the other factors that contribute towards growing a healthy orchid.

1. Select Your Orchid

For your first orchid, select a type which is comparatively easy to grow in the home such as a Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis or Oncidium. To start your orchid growing it is recommended to buy a mature plant which shows healthy and vigorous growth.If possible purchase your orchid from a garden centre or specialist orchid supplier, who will be able to provide expert advice on the most suitable orchid.

2. Potting Your Orchid

If you purchased your orchid from a garden centre it is likely that it was supplied with a pot and potting medium. For these common orchids the correct potting medium will be based on fir bark which will have an open texture for good drainage and air circulation.

During the life of your orchid, the existing potting medium will begin to break down prior to decomposing. This is the time to replace the potting mix. For the orchid types listed above, a chopped bark based potting medium will provide the best growing conditions.

Again, it is likely that if it was purchased from a garden centre, your orchid will be contained in a transparent pot which, not only allows the root system to receive light, but also gives the orchid grower an opportunity to inspect the roots.

3. Selecting the Grow Lights

Your orchid supplier or garden centre may stock orchid light kits and will be able to recommend a suitable type. Alternatively, there is a wide range of orchid lights available from specialist suppliers who advertise from their online web-sites.

As a starting point we recommend an economical installation which is straight forward to operate and comprising fluorescent luminaires fitted to an associated support frame. To provide the optimum illumination across the light spectrum, fit one cold-white and one warm white luminaire at a height of about 30cm (12 inches) above the orchid. Most lighting frames incorporate an adjustable fluorescent tube height to accommodate the orchid’s growth.

The orchid should receive 12 hours illumination each day, which can be regulated by a timer connected to the fluorescent light installation.

4. Adding A Humidity Tray

In addition to light, the orchid requires humid air conditions. To achieve this, place the orchid pot on a tray containing wet gravel. The air, warmed by the lights, causes the moisture to evaporate, producing a localised rise in humidity. To avoid excess moisture from being absorbed by the potting medium and orchid roots, ensure that the pot is always clear of any water in the tray.

Some of the proprietary lighting assemblies include a water resistant tray for this purpose and the overall orchid growing environment which this produces is very effective.

5. Your Orchid Also Needs These

Water your orchid about once a week during the growing season with an increased frequency during hot weather. Although rainwater is preferable, tap water at room temperature is an acceptable substitute.

The optimum temperature range for your orchid is from a night-time of 15 Celsius (60 Fahrenheit) to 26 Celsius (80 Fahrenheit) during the day.

Fertilise the orchid at two weekly intervals during the growing season, by using a water soluble orchid fertiliser which can be applied during the normal watering.

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Want to learn more about orchid growing lights? Visit Ian Cameron’s website at href=http://www.orchidplantcentre.com for helpful hints and information on buying, growing and caring for orchid plants.

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