Orchids are some of the most commonly grown houseplants. Provided they have proper growing conditions, it isn’t difficult to learn how to take care of orchid plants. Keep reading to get some orchid care tips.
Most orchids require moist, well-draining conditions. Place orchids in an east to south-facing window or room. These plants prefer bright, indirect light. Insufficient light results in poor flowering. However, too much light can lead to leaf scorch. Temperature is also important for orchid care. While orchids tolerate cooler or warmer temperatures throughout their normal growing season, they need cooler temperatures at night than during the day in order to bloom sufficiently.
Many people make the mistake of assuming that since orchids are native to tropical rainforests, they must be watered several times a week. Unfortunately, watering this frequently will kill the roots of any orchid in short order. The classic advice is to water the day before the plant dries out. For most orchids grown in the home this meanss to water every 5 to 12 days, depending on the type of orchid, the temperature the plant is grown in, and the time of year. During the warm summer months when days are long, more frequent watering is required than in the cooler, shorter days of winter.
There are three basic types of orchids, as far as watering is concerned: those that should be kept evenly moist at all times; those that should be allowed to nearly dry out between waterings, except when in active growth; and those that should always be allowed to dry out a bit between waterings. The guidelines below list the major varieties of orchid in each type.
Varieties to keep evenly moist (not soggy or wet) at all times:
Paphiopedilum, Miltonia, Cymbidium, Odontoglossum,
Varieties to keep evenly moist during active growth, allowed to dry out between waterings when not:
Cattleya, Oncidium, Brassia, Dendrobium.
Varieties to keep nearly dry between waterings:
Phalaenopsis, Vanda, Ascocenda.
With some extra attention you can succeed to let the orchid bloom again. With all the different varieties of orchids there isn’t one definitive description. Different types of orchids do not all need the same care.
Click on your orchid in the menu on the right for specific care tips for your orchid.
Below some general care tips to make your orchid happy:
- a light spot
- room temperatures of min. 15 to max. 25 ° C
- nutrition once a month
Orchids do not like:
- wet feet
- full and direct sunlight
- central heating or stove nearby
Tips for watering:
- For 5 to 10 minutes, once a week, immerse the pot of the orchid in the water. Then let the orchid leak out thoroughly.