Easy Breezy Orchids

Like people, orchids need to breathe fresh air. A stale or stagnant environment leads to pests and diseases. Moving air evaporates excess water, and cools leaves and roots.

In their wild homes, orchids live in gentleĀ breezes and strong winds. As air plants, their leaves and roots blow in the rainforest canopy. In homes and offices, orchids need good ventilation.

To improve circulation, keep plants near an open window, or turn a fan on slow speed. When it’s warm enough, move plants outdoors.

Growers in homes and offices often rely on heaters and air conditioners for air movement. Be sure to keep humidity high; orchids want moist breezes. Providing fresh air is an easy way to help your orchid breathe.

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5 Comments on “Easy Breezy Orchids”

  1. Penn98 Says:

    I’m glad it was useful to me. Thanks for your work.
    AboutOrchids is great…

  2. Julia Smith Says:

    Thanks for your blog. This explains better than on other sites. I will keep the ceiling fan on low to keep the air moving.

  3. Brandy Says:

    It`s really useful! I never was aware of need for air movement but this summarized it so well. Looking through the Internet you can mostly observe watered down information, something like bla bla bla, but not here to my deep surprise. It makes me happy..!

  4. Mark Says:

    I have just taken in 3 poorly cared for Phals. One of them has 2 leaves that have partly turned brown an another has a bottom leaf that is severely wilted. I am wondering if I should take the entire leaf off, just trim off the dead/brown portion or leave it and let nature take its course? Your thoughts?

  5. Marc Says:

    Hi Mark. If the leaf is severely wilted, it’s not supplying any energy to the plant, and should be removed. Be sure your hands are clean, and sterilize your garden tools before using them on the plants. Eventually the leaf will fall off on its own, but it’s best to do it yourself to stop any pests or disease from spreading.