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Growing Orchids:

Under Artificial Lights


Orchids, like many other kinds of houseplants, have very specific needs including light, water and nutrition. One of the most important elements to the health of your orchid plant is the kind of light that it receives. The amount of light the plant needs can vary due to the species that your orchid is. But, since orchids naturally are found within the tropical areas of the globe, they generally need a good deal of diffused light.


The tropical areas they come from normally have distinct patterns of sun and shade. In order to give them the cooler morning light and prevent them from burning in strong afternoon sunlight, sit your orchid in an eastern facing window. You should give your orchid about twelve hours of light a day, but this is sometimes not possible because of a very strong afternoon sun.



Growing Orchids Indoors



In order to figure out how much shade and sun your specific orchid species will need, find out as much information about your particular plant as you can. There are several ways to find the right information on your orchid. A great way to get information is to talk to the people from whom you purchased your plant. You should also look up information the internet even as you are deciding which one to purchase.


Some thrive on receiving a lot of sun, while other species of orchid plants will wilt if they don’t get mostly shade. Among orchid growers they say there are two different ways to distinguish which orchids like what kind of light… soft growing orchids mean they thrive in shady conditions and hard growing orchids thrive in sunny conditions.


Typically an orchid that requires soft or shady growing conditions will offer their owners the enjoyment of a healthy and thriving plant, but the blooms will be small and infrequent. On the other hand, orchids that are grown in hard or sunny conditions will produce many blooms, but not much plant; the leaves on such a plant may also be yellow and stunted.


One way of ensuring that your orchid will get the right amount of light is to use a grow-light. You can purchase a grow-light and a timer; this will give your orchids the correct amount of both light and darkness. It is also possible to use florescent light to offer your orchids a light source that is not too strong for them.


For years it was thought that orchids could only be successfully grown by experienced horticulturists. But, with these simple ways to give your orchids the right kind of light necessary, orchids can now be grown by even the most inexperienced growers. Along with natural sunlight, a grow-light or florescent lights -- plus a full understanding of the kind of species your orchid is, you can have a gorgeous orchid plant that will give you lovely, full blooms throughout its blooming season.



Esther Smith, author

All homes usually have an Eastern facing window, but apartments or townhomes tucked in the middle of the buildings may have to become ingenious if they want to grow orchids and resort to artificial light sources. That won’t stop the more determined. For more information on growing orchids visit us=>