Why I grow orchids

Orchids are possibly one of the most popular indoor plants to grow. They come in so many shapes, sizes, colours and fragrances, that we are spoilt for choice. Many of us grow them in our homes and they are such a rewarding plant (yes, frustrating too). My interest in growing orchids was actually sparked by my brother who started his own collection some years ago. I’m nowhere near as ambitious with my collection as he is, but over the few years I have been growing mine, I have really come to love this hobby and I wanted to share with you my reasons why.

Some of my orchid collection

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Getting into the orchid hobby

Starting to grow orchids as a hobby can be a daunting thing. As with anything new, you have so much to learn and absorb that it can sometimes be a real headache. Looking back now, taking on my first orchid wasn’t half so bad as taking on 10 new ones in the space of a few months – all with different care needs which I’m still working out. Yes, you will lose a few along the way, it’s a learning process; it’s going to happen, you will make mistakes. The point is, it can be daunting, but if you know where to find the information you need, the process is easier.

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Q & A with an orchid nursery

An orchid nursery has very kindly agreed to do a Q & A post with me and I wanted to put this out to my readers – are there any questions that you would like to ask them? They are a family run business who have been running for years, and have gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience as a result.

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Caring for orchids in the summer

The increase in temperatures and longer daylight hours means that our orchids are growing quickly. However, sudden changes to their environment, such as high temperatures, can cause stress to an orchid. Just like us humans, our orchids can become overheated or develop sunburn in the summer months if we do not provide the appropriate care.

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