Caring for Orchids

Orchids are a great, easy houseplant to grow. Their blooms last for weeks if not months.

  • 3 Types of Orchids

    • Phalaenopsis
    • Dendrobium
    • Cymbidium
  • What to look for when choosing an orchid

    • You want to choose an orchid that will bloom as long as possible
    • Choose an orchid with half blooms and half buds
    • This will give you flowers right away but extend the amount of time you
      get to enjoy with your orchid
    • If you're entertaining, choose an orchid that is in full bloom to get that
      wow factor
  • Placement

    • Orchids naturally grow in the rainforest where they receive dappled light
      from the rainforest canopy
    • In your home, orchids like bright, indirect light
    • If the leaves start to turn brown it's telling you it's receiving too much
      sunlight
  • Watering

    • You'll want to water your orchid every 10-14 days
    • To water your orchid, take it out of the pot and place it in your sink.
    • Water the orchid about 2 times, letting the excess water run out
    • Orchids like to be dry so be sure there's not water in the bottom of the
      pot
    • Orchids will tell you if they are getting too much water or not enough
      water
      • If the leaves start to yellow this means it's getting too much water
      • If the leaves are starting to crinkle it needs more water
  • Fertilizing

    • Keep your orchids healthy and blooming by fertilizing it each time you
      water
    • There are two types of fertilizer:
      • Fertilizer for when the orchid is blooming
      • Fertilizer for when the orchid is not blooming