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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.