i really love orchids, but my room has no sunlight throughout the day. what can i replace it with?

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Question by mike d: i really love orchids, but my room has no sunlight throughout the day. what can i replace it with?
i really love orchids, but my room has no sunlight throughout the day. what other eaqualy beautiful flower that does not take up much space can i replace it with? a small simple colorful flower that is easy to maintain. thank you.

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silk flowers

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fake ORCHIDS :D

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Flour.

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Actually, orchids can survive fine with minimal sunlight. All you have to do is make sure to give them lots of water. I love orchids too and asked a florist if it was ok to keep in my room and he said it was fine. All the orchids we have outside are in the shade of a bigger tree too, so I say, stick with the orchids!

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Actually in the wild grow in the crotches of trees and are shaded out by upper canopy. They don’t require a lot of sunlight only diffused light.,They have roots that grow around the limbs of trees and not very much soil. It gets nutrients from bird droppings and rain and dew. They will freeze and die if the temperature gets below 40 degrees..I would stick with the orchid for now.

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I would get a lamp with a table attached and a light timer and give it normal daylight hours. Another good house flower that will grow like this is the African violet. I have had lots of them and love them. I have had the orchids, too.

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African Violets are good colorful low-light plants. You need special food, and don’t let them sit in water or the roots will rot & plant will die.

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a fake orchid, no watering, no repotting, couldn’t think of anything more perfect.

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There are many types of Orchids grown as potted plants, and many of the more commonly grown ones do require good levels of light to initiate flowering. This does not have to mean strong direct sunlight, which many will suffer from, if they get this.

You could supplement your natural light with artificial light but, in my experience, this would be rather costly, as you’d benefit from more specialist lighting than just a table lamp. Otherwise, if you have a diffused light (ie. no direct sunlight) windowsill, without drafts, then this may be sufficient. Obviously I don’t know your location, and the further south that you are, so this light would get stronger.

Other conditions for your Orchids – you also need to get optimal humidity, around 50%. You can place pebbles nearby your orchid, in a saucer, with some water, that will increase this. They also benefit from having a minimum 10 degrees, especially during fall and winter, when many orchids initiate their buds.

Phalaenopsis orchids may bloom with low light levels, though do benefit from good warmth – minimum 62 to 65 at night, and 70 to 80 for daytime. I grow tons of these, but do better in bright diffused light spots. They’re also one of the easiest Orchids to grow – though hate drafts.

Otherwise, I’d consider a Peace lily or Spathiphyllum, and mine flower well in low light shady parts of my rooms. African violets, as has been mentioned, can also do well. Non flowering plants – though not my first choice – can also work well in lowish light levels: Kentia Palms, as well as Parlor Palms, work well and are easily obtained.

Otherwise, try a Fatshedera, Ivies or Ferns – Boston Fern etc.

Each plant will obviously have differing temperature and humidity requirements too, so it’s important to check the suitability of these plants for your room.

Hope these thoughts help. Good luck! Rob

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