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Care for Orchids

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Caring for Orchids

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 rain forest where they receive dappled light from the rain forest 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

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