Humidity: keeping levels up in a heatwave

If you live in the UK, you’ll be well aware that we are in the middle of a heatwave. If you check your orchids regularly (and at this time of year, I mean daily), you may notice some changes happening with your plants.

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Artificial light: an update

It’s been a little while since I posted about the artificial light we installed, so I thought I’d share with you what’s been happening with my orchids so far.

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When to repot an orchid

Sometimes there are reasons you may need to repot your orchid, and this post will explore some of them.

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There will be another post to follow about how to repot an orchid, but I’d like to talk about what factors influence when you need to change the growing media.

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Caring for mini-phalaenopsis in full water culture

One of my readers asked me to create a post about caring for mini-phalaenopsis in full water culture. After a little more research, the care requirements for orchids grown in full water culture are similar to mini-phalaenopsis grown in bark, with one or two exceptions.

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Let there be light!

In early January, I created a post about the different goals I want to achieve this year with regards to my orchid collection. At number one was improving the light quality that my orchids receive. The idea was to help improve their growth and blooms throughout the coming growing season.

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Full water culture: cleaning orchid leaves

I’ve been asked a question by one of my readers about how to clean and dry Phalaenopsis orchid leaves when it is in full water culture. Whilst I currently have no experience at growing Phalaenopsis orchids in full water culture, I’d like to offer some advice about how to ensure the orchid is sufficiently dry after cleaning the leaves to reduce the likelihood of rot.

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Adopting orchids: what to do when you bring them home

Sometimes in this hobby, you are given an orchid to care for on behalf of someone else. Recently, two orchids have been adopted into my collection because a relative of mine is no longer able to care for them.

What do you do then, once you have brought them home with you?

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