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Choosing your Orchid
There is now a variety of orchids available from DIY stores, supermarkets and garden centres.
Your first decision is where you want to place it. Phalaenopsis are best suited for a warm, centrally heated room with night temperatures at 60°F (15°C) or above. Some Paphiopedilum also like warm nights but want a little more humidity - try a bathroom. Most of the others require cooler conditions, especially when resting in the winter, so you need a conservatory or greenhouse. Cymbidium also require cool nights in late summer and autumn. Place them outside in light shade from May to October.
Having decided which orchid will suit your conditions you need to look at the quality of the plants available. Look for plants with healthy undamaged leaves (no sign of pest damage) and a good root system. Then look for evidence of new growth and finally look at the flowers. Are they in good condition with some buds still to open?
Because each variety of orchid has its own requirements, it's important to know what sort of orchid you've got. If your orchid looks like one of the pictures below, simply click on the picture to take you to more detailed information on growing that type of orchid.
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