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When it comes to creating a gorgeous interior space, your home will only be as beautiful as your family allows it to be. If your children don't respect the space, your home will quickly fall back into disrepair, which is why I started focusing more and more on home and garden a few years ago. I was committed to creating a great space that was just as clean and gorgeous as it was functional, and I was really surprised to see how much of a difference my efforts made. Within a few short years, my place really seemed a lot more open, airy, and inviting. Check out this blog for great ideas on making a family-oriented home.


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Tips For Getting An Orchid To Grow Well Indoors

by Alice Howard

Orchids are notorious for being really picky plants. If you just stick them in a pot and set them on the windowsill like you would any other type of plant, they may not do well. However, it is entirely possible to grow beautiful orchids indoors if you follow the tips below.

Choose a pot that seems almost too large

Orchids do not like having their roots suffocated. The roots need to be able to get oxygen and air, which is why orchid roots tend to grow out of the holes in the bottoms of pots so often. If you pot your orchid in a larger vessel, its roots will be better able to obtain the air they need to thrive. Make sure the pot you choose also has plenty of drainage holes on the bottom to keep the soil from becoming too saturated. Orchid plants are prone to root rot if left to sit in overly moist soil.

Water them sparingly

When an orchid starts looking a little out of sorts, your first instinct may be to give it more water. But in fact, this often makes matters worse. Orchids do best when watered sparingly. Once a week should be plenty under usual conditions. If your orchid does begin to look a little droopy and sad, chances are you're watering too often.

Only use fertilizer made specifically for orchids

Orchids are very particular about nutrient balance and like certain levels of nitrogen in their soil. Many fertilizers are too high in nitrogen for orchids, and using them can cause your orchids to wilt. Thankfully, there are plenty of orchid-specific fertilizers you can use, and they have the right balance of nutrients for the orchids. Just make sure you follow the instructions on the package when it comes to diluting the fertilizer. Less is more.

Put the orchid in the west or east-facing window

Orchids do not need sunshine all day to thrive, but they do best when they have at least a few hours of pretty direct sunlight. They'll have an easier time getting this in either an east or west-facing window, rather than a north or south-facing one. 

If you follow the tips above, you should have an easier time growing orchids successfully in your home. These flowers are incredibly beautiful, and if you put the time and effort in, you can really enjoy them. Be patient, and keep doing your best.