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Many orchids produce flowers once a year. An important key to getting yours to rebloom is to give it enough light. Most don't need direct sun -- an unobstructed north- or east-facing windowsill should provide the brightness they need.
Test Garden Tip: Orchids don't require natural light; most will thrive if they're kept 8 inches or so beneath a traditional florescent fixture.
Almost all orchids appreciate high humidity, so they're great choices for growing in a bathroom or near the kitchen sink. If you'd like to provide your orchids with more humidity, set the pot on a tray of pebbles filled with water. The orchid's pot should sit on the pebbles, just above the water, which surrounds your plant with a moist environment.
Test Garden Tip: Grouping plants also increases humidity as they release moisture into the air as they breathe.
Giving them too much water is one of the most common reasons why orchids die. In nature, many common orchids grow in the branches of trees where they live on rainwater that washes over them. That means they evolved with roots that can't stand to be wet all the time.
Test Garden Tip: If you tend to water your plants a lot, then choose bark because it dries out faster. If you tend to underwater your plants, then moss may be a better choice because it holds moisture longer.
If you grow an orchid, make it a showstopper by displaying it under a cloche, on an attractive stand, or other high-profile place.
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