To achieve long-lasting beauty, follow a few simple instructions.
Proper watering is the first and most critical aspect of orchid care.
While it’s true that different varieties have different preferences, it’s easy to determine the water needs of all orchid varieties. The best way to determine if your orchid needs water is to judge the weight of the container, or to use a finger to test the moisture level of the soil and roots. A container that is light or dry to the touch means it’s time for water. Give your orchid no more than an ounce of room temperature water. Check a week later and repeat water as needed. Keep in mind that the most common mistake in orchid care is overwatering.
Some people like to use one or two small ice cubes instead of room temperature water, but we don’t recommend this method of watering.
Light and Temperature
Generally speaking, orchids are not too picky about light and temperature.
Orchids don’t love direct light. Rather, place your orchids someplace where they will receive plenty of bright, indirect light. This is quite easy in most home or office environments.
As for temperature, your orchid will be comfortable if you are. Don’t let your orchid get above 90 or below 60 degrees for long periods and it will thrive.
Orchids are hearty plants that can bloom again and again if you take a few simple steps.
When your orchid stops blooming, cut back the old bloom. Next, begin fertilizing it every other week with a balanced houseplant fertilizer (20-20-20) mixed at half strength. For best results, move your orchid to a cooler environment where nighttime temperatures are between 55 and 65 degrees until a new flower spike emerges. Return your plant to its usual location and continue watering as needed.
Free-flowing air is key in preventing orchids from catching a fungal disease. Place your orchid in a spot where it will enjoy plenty of air circulation. Fans are fine, but keep orchids away from the direct flow of your heat or AC vents.
The above information covers the basics of orchid care. If you’d like to read more, visit our friends the American Orchid Society. And don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about your specific orchid.