Orchids are one of nature’s most recognizable flowers, and definitely one of the pricey-est as well! If you spent your hard earned money on an orchid plant, It’s probably a pretty good idea to know how to care for it! I was always under the impression that orchids were super complex to care for, and that even the most talented green thumbs sometimes have problems. Well, I’m here to set the record straight! Here’s an easy method to orchid care that will leave you will the prettiest blooms ever.
Orchids aren’t any more complex to care for than a regular old houseplant. Much like any houseplant, the most common orchid-killer is overwatering. Overwatering can cause a slew of problems for your plant! Only water your orchids just before the soil goes completely dry. This might be once a week for some, or once every couple weeks for others. Purchase a clear plant pot if you are worried about it, if you can’t see any water condensation inside, it’s time to water!
When it comes to Orchids, the right potting medium is incredibly important. Orchids are typically potted in a wooden bark, or a kind of moss. The moss acts like a “sponge” and helps ensure that your plant doesn’t dry out too quickly. Either way, the type of potting medium used will depend on your variety of orchid. Never use regular potting soil!
Orchids do need a bit more fertilization than any other houseplant normally would. In fact, it’s a really great idea to fertilize your plant each time you water it! Pick out a fertilizer at the store, and only use one fourth the amount recommended on the package each time you fertilize.
Never place your orchid in a southern-facing window! Believe it or not, Orchids aren’t a variety of plants that require a whole lot of sunlight. In fact, they tolerate levels of low light much better than levels of high light! Place your potted orchid in an eastern-facing window for best grow results.
If your home has dryer air (maybe it’s the winter, or maybe you just live in the desert!) it is a great idea to mist the leaves of your orchid with a spray bottle once daily.
If you need help getting your Orchids to re-bloom, this guide from Better Homes and Gardens is super helpful!