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Over the years I have seen many different orchid hobbyists and growers succeed in a
wide assortment of
conditions. What they all seem to have in common is that they have achieved a balance between the the key
elements of orchid care: light, water, air movement, temperature and fertilizer. It turns out that there are no
absolutes, each key element plays its part in relation to the other elements. For example, orchids can be grown
at higher light if water and air movement is abundant as well as at lower light with less water and less air
movement. These key elements must also come into balance with the growth cycle of the orchid for optimal
success. When orchids are in active growth they require more water and fertilzer than they do when they are at
rest. Some orchids even require a descrete dry rest, usually in the winter, before their growth begins
Well, if this all sounds confusing at first I suppose it is. But it doesnt need to be. Growing the very best
orchids is all about balance. Balancing the growth cycle of the orchid with the key elements of light, water,
air movement, temperature and fertilizer leads to beautiful, healthy plants.
The first step is to learn a little something about the specific type of orchid that you have. Orchids are the
second most diverse group of flowering plants, and orchid care requirements can vary widely between different
types (genera). If you are unsure of the type of orchid that you have, first check the tag. If there is no tag,
please see our Orchid Identification page to see if it matches one of
the common genera shown there. Once you know the type of orchid, spend some time looking into how it grows in
nature. One of the most common orchids today is the Phalaenopsis. It is native to areas around southern China,
Taiwan, the Philippines, Myanmar, Borneo, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, and northern Australia. It is no
surprise then that many beautiful orchid hybrids come from Taiwan. Taiwan's average temperature is in the low to
mid 70's with the coldest months dipping down to the upper 50's in the colder regions and the warmest months get
into the 80's. This gives us a pretty good idea of their origin and helps us understand the warm growing needs
of the parents of today's Phalaenopsis orchid hybrids. Rain is plentiful in Taiwan and many areas receive good
amounts of rain year round. This explains the need for consistent water for Phals, orchids which developed
without pseudobulbs to hold water for dry periods.
“This fall I religiously followed your advice, creating an environment of shortened
days and lower temps in order to encourage blooming...I was successful. FINALLY!! Thank you, thank you!!
Both of my plants decided to bloom and they look beautiful. I wanted to share the good news and
my gratitude with you. Thanks again!”Laurie J.
“The potting medium you sent is gorgeous!! It's superior to the bark I've been
buying at Lowe's. I can't imagine what (my orchids) will do when I put them in your potting mix. It even
smells fresh!! Many, many thanks. I'll be ordering from you again.”
“Folks, My order [slotted pots and mix] arrived way before expected - and I am extremely happy with it! I harvested "babies" off my African violets to give as Christmas gifts this year - and they have tripled in size in the great potting soil and look so good - I can't wait to "gift" them!”Susan S.
“From beginning to end, rePotme has created a customer EXPERIENCE that is superior and delightful. The informative website contained many articles and videos that were extremely helpful to me as an orchid novice. There, I was guided to a potting mix (one of many!) that I wanted to try out. The checkout process was a breeze, and I especially enjoyed the fact that I could sign on with my Amazon account and did not have to create a brand new account”
“I have received my new Carousel Orchid Pot and Saucer in Orange Amber. I love it!! I would like to let you know that before I opened the wrapping to each piece (wrapped separately for those who may read this), rePotme won me over. Not only did I receive it within the expected time frame, your method and precise detail to packing it impressed me the most. It may not seem important to some, but I really appreciated it”
“My order arrived today and not only am I impressed with the speed of delivery, and how carefully it was all packed, but the quality of everything really surpassed my expectations. Between the supplies I ordered and your fantastic website with instructional texts, photos and videos, I feel very confident to move up to the next level of orchid growing”
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