Many gardeners are often asked the question “do orchids actually grow better in the garden outdoors versus do orchids?” Most orchids will thrive both in and outside of the house. However, there are a few reasons why indoor orchids do better than their outdoor counterparts. Here are some tips to help you learn how to tell the difference.
One reason why indoor orchids do better than their outdoor counterparts is because of the actual orchid plant itself. When orchids are exposed to the elements, the plant’s actual leaves and roots will dry out. This causes the orchid to lose moisture much quicker than normal. If your orchid is constantly being kept in the dark, this can be magnified and the result can be a wilted orchid plant. This can be remedied by simply putting the orchid back into a dark place during these times.
Another thing that will help the outdoor orchid grow better is the amount of light the orchid receives. Excessive light will dry out the plant and cause it to wilt and die. On the flip side, too much light can cause the orchid to become too compacted and will not produce any flowers at all. An easy way to test whether or not an indoor orchid plant is getting sufficient light is by using a light meter. Just look at the meter to tell if the light is getting to the plant. You can also gauge how compact the plant’s leaves are by looking at them.
Some of the answers to the question ‘Do orchids grow better indoors or outside?’ can also be linked back to the type of orchid that you are growing. If you are planning on a tropical plant then you may want to avoid air-conditions. These often reduce the humidity and dryness of the plant making it more susceptible to disease. Some of the easiest ways to ensure that your orchid is kept in a healthy environment is by misting it daily and by keeping the pot on the bottom of the potting medium so that water cannot evaporate.
Most orchids will grow better indoors but there are some that need the extra sunshine to thrive. The tropical umbrella plant is a prime example of this. You can take this plant indoors but it would be wise to have it placed in a semi-shaded area of the house. This plant requires a lot of light to flourish so keep the room around your orchid plant free from heavy decorations. It would also be a good idea to provide a good air circulation system in your room as the tropical umbrella plant requires a lot of light to bloom.
Do orchids grow better indoors or outdoors? The answer to this question really depends on the species of orchid that you are growing, the climate of where you live and your personal preference. Some plants need more direct sunlight while others prefer shade. Some types of orchids are sensitive to change in the weather so they do better in one place than another. Also keep in mind that when you are choosing which plants you will grow that you don’t buy plants that will compete with your existing orchids. Some types of plants actually compete for nutrients, which can seriously reduce the quality of your plants.