We've all recently "slowed down" and have time to grow things again and what better way to get back to nature than learning to grow orchids. Don't be intimidated! True, they are different than traditional potted plants because they are part of a plant species called "epiphytes." This simply means that they do not grow in dirt but rather by hanging on to the bark of trees. I've been told there are 4 simple tips to keep in mind when growing orchids and here they are:
Most orchids require water once a week. Avoid over watering as this can lead to root rot.
Position your orchid in a bright windowsill facing east or west.
Weekly feeding with a fertilizer designed for growing orchids.
Repotting in fresh orchid mix when your orchid stops blooming.
In the Bradenton/Sarasota area there are many nurseries, gardening clubs and local farm stands to buy these colorful beauties. Even Trader Joe’s sells them! You can take classes to learn more or simply go online. These photos were taken at our local orchid nursery, Palmer Orchids, right here in sunny Bradenton. Click the link for more information for your new hobby and get growing!