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Positioning your orchid This orchid sits away from the window, out of direct sunlight. 29 A cool, shaded sun room is often ideal for orchids. Temperature ranges should be as close as possible to those found in the orchid’s natural habitat, and the simplest way to achieve this is to choose an orchid from a group that thrives in your home conditions (refer to the directory on pp. 72–133 when selecting your orchid). The following minimum temperatures are guidelines only; daytime temperature is the most important: • Cool orchids: day 64°F (18°C), night 50°F (10°C) • Intermediate orchids: day 68°F (20°C), night 55°F (13°C) • Warm orchids: day 68°F (20°C), night 60°F (16°C) Remember, rooms will be colder if the heating is off during the day, especially bathrooms, where tiles can be very cold.

Keep the plantlets at 68–75°F (20–24°C) by day, at least 64°F (18°C) at night, and keep the moss moist. After about three weeks, roots will develop, so feed with a very dilute orchid fertilizer. After three months, increase the food strength to normal. No ventilation is required for the first two weeks. After this, ventilate a little during the day to stop excessive buildup of moisture. Increase ventilation again after six weeks. After about six months, the keiki should be large enough to be repotted into fresh potting media.

It’s ideal for “natural” gardens. Garden orchids Orchids for shade Most garden orchids favor a bare patch of ground, where there is little competition from other plants, especially when they are young. The vast majority prefer light or dappled shade, and will grow happily beneath deciduous trees and shrubs, or in north-facing borders. Orchids suitable for shady conditions include: • Cypripedium calceolus (right), Cyp. flavum, Cyp. Gisela, Cyp. reginae (see pp. 64–65) • Dactylorhiza fuchsii, Dact.

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