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Home Grown: Orchids

With the proper care, this fussy floral will flourish

1 DIVA DEBUNK

Orchids are not the primadonna of plants. With the proper information anyone can successfully grow beautiful orchids.

2 BREATHING ROOM

Never pot an orchid in potting soil; the roots will suffocate in the dense soil. Use a growing medium such as peat moss or perlite.

3 LET IT RAIN

Watering should be done only when the orchid’s soil is dry. Rainwater is a good choice.

4 JUST RIGHT

Temperature: if you’re comfortable, your orchids will be comfortable, avoid cold drafts and too much heat.

5 HIBERNATION TIME

Don’t neglect a dormant plant; it’s storing energy for next year’s blooms. Just remove old flower spikes, water as needed and fertilize monthly.


 

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