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Orchids for the New Year

January is a special month as it is the start of a new year filled with the hope of great things to come. After holiday decorations come down, with the lights, sparkles, and glitter of the holiday season put away for another year; it is the perfect time to add an orchid for their unique appeal and charm.

Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis species) are the most popular orchids to use as houseplants.

Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis species) are the most popular orchids to use as houseplants.
Barbara H. Smith, ©2018 HGIC, Clemson University

Orchids, available at many retail and grocery stores, are relatively easy to grow and provide six to eight weeks of beautiful flowers. Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium, and Oncidium are the most common orchids found for sale often identified with the label “orchid.”

General care for many orchids consists of placement in a low- to medium-light spot and a weekly watering. If temperatures are above 50 °F, place them outside during rain for a thirty to forty minutes soak. Orchids do best in temperatures between 50 °F to 75 °F. Most orchids are grown in a two-pot system meaning there is a potted plant inside of a decorative container. With a two-pot system, remove the potted plant from the decorative container to pour out the excess water that may have accumulated after watering.

Orchids are relatively easy to grow and provide 6 to 8 weeks of beautiful flowers.

Orchids are relatively easy to grow and provide 6 to 8 weeks of beautiful flowers.
Barbara H. Smith, ©2019 HGIC, Clemson University

Orchids are unique plants with beautiful blooms.

Orchids are unique plants with beautiful blooms.
Barbara H. Smith, ©2019 HGIC, Clemson University

Orchids are unique plants with beautiful blooms. Add one to your home for the new year and enjoy all the charm, beauty, and interest they have to offer!

For more information on growing orchids, see HGIC1560, Orchids.

If this document didn’t answer your questions, please contact HGIC at hgic@clemson.edu or 1-888-656-9988.

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