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How to Grow Healthy Orchids by Using Orchid Lights

How to Grow Healthy Orchids by Using Orchid Lights

By Christiane Perrin

Orchids need a certain amount of light to thrive. Not too much, and not too little. The different species of orchids, just like all plants, have very specific requirements for how much direct and indirect sunlight they need in order to be strong, healthy plants. Often our homes cannot provide the right light intensity or enough hours of light. That is when orchid lights come in handy. You can either get lamps that are made especially for orchid growing, or use regular lamp with a special light bulb.

Of course, instead of installing growing lights for your orchids, you can select orchids that match the lighting in your home. With the thousands of orchid species, and all the hybrids available, you can probably find an orchid for just about any lighting. Talk to your local orchid garden center, or refer to an orchid care book, to find out how much light a specific type of orchid, that you might be interested in, will need.

Most orchids naturally grow in diffuse light. That is why orchids generally do not do well with too much direct sun exposure. At the same time, they do need a minimum of hours of daylight to really thrive. If your house or apartment cannot provide the light your orchids need, growing lights are the solution.

Orchid lovers and specialists, who love to grow very specific orchids, even when they don't have the perfect lighting at home, use orchid growing lights. That allows them to place the orchids in east- or west-facing areas, and use the artificial lights as supplements to still provide the plants with the required light.

What makes orchid lights special, is that they emit light in frequencies that are needed by the orchids. These frequencies are different than what you would get from a regular incandescent or fluorescent bulb. Orchids need light frequencies ranging from blue to far red, also known as wide-spectrum lights.

You can find very specific orchid lights that allow you to direct to light at the orchids. If you have just one or two orchids that need a little light, you can start with an adjustable desk light. Use a special wide-spectrum light bulb, or LED light bulb that has been made specifically for orchid growing. Adjust the height of the light as the plants grow.

Instead of the desk lamp, you could use a regular lamp, with the special bulb. That way you can integrate the orchid growing light into your overall interior design scheme. Make sure though, that the light shines directly onto the orchids.

The advantages of using Led light bulbs are many-fold: LED bulbs inherently provide a much more focused light than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. In addition, LEDs do not produce much heat, which also helps to keep the air humid around the plant. Growing lights that radiate heat will dry out the air. Remember, orchids love and need high humidity. And finally, LED bulbs use a fraction of the energy that incandescent bulbs use. Compact fluorescent bulbs also use little energy. However, these light contain mercury

The many options available for orchid growing lights, make it possible for anybody to grow healthy orchids that will produce an abundance of beautiful, ling-lasting blooms.

Christiane has learned what she knows about orchids from her friend Mark Anthean. He has knows much more about orchid lights and how to grow healthy orchids. Don't miss out on many excellent tips. Visit http://www.tipsfororchidcare.com.

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