Orchids are a beautiful and exotic flower, and I bet you didn’t know they are one of the easiest house plants to care for. Orchids have four needs. First they need partial light. Orchids will do best in a north or east facing window. The light from a south or west facing windows may be too strong and can burn the leaves. Next they need consistent moisture. Water an orchid about once a week. A healthy orchid will have fleshy colorful leaves and white roots. Water around the base of the plant evenly, but don’t over water. Third, remember that orchids are tropical plants and are therefore used to warm temperatures. Keep them in a room heated between 65-80 degrees. Finally remember to feed your orchid with fertilizer. Use a water-soluble fertilizer mix. Spray it onto your plant about once every one to two months.
Orchids bloom for many weeks. When a flower starts to fade, simply pinch it off. When a stem starts to fade, cut it back, but do not throw the orchid away. If you continue to water and feed it, it will send up new buds. It might take several months, but it will bloom again. Caring for orchids is easy. With the right light, moisture, heat and fertilizer your orchid will add elegance to your home. Find more information about caring for orchids at http://www.lowes.com/GrowAlong
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