How to Care for a Hybrid Orchid

Overview

The first hybrid orchid was developed in 1856, according to Joseph Arditti of the Linnean Society of London. Since then, more than 100,000 hybrid orchid varieties have been developed. Orchids, despite their reputation, are easy to grow if you pay attention to their requirements. The amount of light an orchid receives is the most important aspect in growing a hybrid orchid.

Step 1

Give your hybrid orchid lots of filtered light and never put it in the direct sun. Keep the plant at least 8 feet away from the nearest window. If the leaves of the orchid are a light to yellowish green then the plant is getting sufficient light, as noted by the American Orchid Society. Optimal growing temperatures range from 75 to 85 degrees F.

Step 2

Grow your hybrid orchid in lava gravel, fir bark or perlite in a pot with sufficient drainage.

Step 3

Allow the planting medium to dry a little between waterings. Poke your finger about an inch into the soil and, if it is dry, it's time to water. The American Orchid Society warns that shriveled leaves are a sign of insufficient water.

Step 4

Use a humidity tray to provide moisture in the air for the orchid. A dish, tray or pan filled with gravel or pebbles and water works well. Leave the tops of the gravel or pebbles exposed and place the potted orchid on top. As the water evaporates, refill the container, making sure the bottom of the pot stays dry.

Step 5

Feed the hybrid orchid with a 30-10-10 fertilizer, diluted to half strength, no more than once a month.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting medium such as perlite, fir bark or lava gravel
  • Water
  • Pan
  • Gravel or pebbles
  • Fertilizer, water-soluble 30-10-10

References

  • American Orchid Society
  • University of Florida Extension
  • The Linnean Society of London

Who Can Help

  • Michigan State University
Keywords: growing hybrid orchids, tropical flowers, care of orchids

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