How to Grow Orchids with Led Grow Lights
Growing orchids indoors can become an enjoyable and relaxing experience, especially if you know how to provide them with proper care. For best results, it’s recommended to use LED grow lights because this type of artificial lighting is not that harsh on the plants, as compared with other types of artificial lighting, such as HID lights or fluorescent tubes. Below you will find some useful tips on how to grow orchids by using LED grow lights.
Most popular and easy to grow orchids
As you probably already know, there are many kinds of orchids, some of which are more easy to grow under artificial lighting. Generally speaking, the low or medium-light orchids are the easiest to grow because they don’t require high level of light intensity. The most popular and recommended orchid species for growing indoors are: Cymbidium Orchids ,Phalaenopsis,Dendrobium, Paphiopedilum, Cattleya, Laelia and Oncidium Orchids.
Best type of LED grow lights
When it comes to choosing the best type of LED grow lights for growing orchids indoors, what we advise you is to look for LED lights that are specifically designed to be used as grow lights. Opting for LED grow lights that use a full spectrum lighting is the best way to go, because in this case, white light covers the entire spectrum and not just in individual wavelengths,which looks unnatural.
Light intensity is very important, especially when it comes to growing orchids in a place where there are poor lighting conditions or no natural light. Light intensity is measures in foot-candle so you will need to take into consideration how many foot-candles each LED grow light emits so that you know how many lights are necessary. If you are planning to grow high-light orchids, you need to opt for 3,000-4,500 fc grow lights; medium-light orchids need 1,500-3000 fc, while low-light orchids need to receive 1,000-1,500 fc.
How much light does it need?
In order to make sure that your orchids are getting the proper amount of light, it’s recommended to use a timer, for more convenience. This way, you can set the timer to turn on the LED lights early in the morning and turn them off late in the evening or at any specific time. During the summer months, it’s advisable to provide 14 to 16 hours of light. When it’s cold and dark outside, you will want to provide 12-14 hours.
Create a healthy environment
Orchids are generally very easy to grow, as they don’t require a lot of maintenance. However, you still need to water your plants regularly, and even more frequently. Orchids that grow under LED grow lights have a tendency to dry out more faster than those which grow under natural light. You will also have to maintain an optimal level of temperature, humidity and take care of other aspects, such as fertilizing the plants.