Growing Orchards In Wyoming
â€œThe Ultimate Houseplantâ€
Orchids are the â€˜ultimate houseplantâ€™ because they grow in the same conditions as your otherÂ houseplants but their flowers last so much longer. Orchids also offer a huge variety of flowers.Â Some of the most exotic blooms in the world can be yours to enjoy at home with no more careÂ than your other houseplants require. They cling to the same trees in the jungle and therefore canÂ grow in the exact same conditions as most of your other houseplants. This makes orchids veryÂ easy to grow in Wyoming. Our sunny climate averages more than 300 days of sunshine per year.Â Remember our light levels are high and can easily burn plants. Although our humidity is low,Â most houseplants adapt and grow very well here; placing plants together in a windowsill willÂ help increase humidity. Many orchids bloom during the winter months, which is particularlyÂ gratifying while outdoor plants are dormant.
LIGHTâ€”The growing zone is within two feet of the window. Direct sunlight on leaves isÂ usually fine in an east window but may burn leaves in a south or west window. Most orchidÂ leaves should be a medium green color. If your orchid is hesitant to flower try increasing theÂ light levels and use Flower Fantasy Fertilizer.
WATERâ€”Since most orchids do not grow in soil and prefer a very porous mix, a thoroughÂ watering of the roots is crucial. Water plants generously but NEVER allow the plant to stand inÂ water. Most types should become almost dry before watering again. This may require severalÂ days to a week depending upon conditions. An easy way to determine when a plant is dry is byÂ its weight. If the plant feels light it may be time to water. When unsure, wait a day.
HUMIDITYâ€”Grouping plants together is one of the easiest ways to increase humidity aroundÂ houseplants. Plants placed on a tray filled with gravel and water for evaporation helps.Â Humidifiers are often used. Fresh air is important, place a small fan near your plants to keep theÂ air fresh.
TEMPERATUREâ€”Orchids do well between 65 and 85 degrees. All plants prefer a 15 to 20Â degree difference between day and nighttime temperatures.
FERTILIZERâ€”Use Flower Fantasy fertilizer with every watering. Every other week sprayÂ plants with Fantasyâ€™s Secret Solution to develop maximum plant strength, flowering and rootÂ growth. You can expect awesome results.
FLOWER LIFEâ€”Flowers will last longest if kept cool, away from sunlight and any heatÂ source. Some orchid flowers last for several weeks and some for months.