Oh, the beautiful and seemingly temperamental orchid. This large-blooming flower is one of the most simple, yet effective, pieces of decor, but many people shy away from them for one reason — they’ve had unsuccessful experiences with orchids in the past.
Our advice: Don’t give up yet! Orchids aren’t as hard to care for as they seem — the process is simply different. Since we often place orchids in our client’s homes, we feel it’s only fair to provide a list of orchid care tips to get the most out of your plant.
Potting & Soil
Orchids can be overwatered, so adequate drainage is key to keeping the plant’s moisture level just right. Place your orchid in a pot with plenty of drainage holes so excess water can completely drain. Additionally, use fast-draining soil. Moss-based or bark-based potting mixes are recommended. Keep in mind, a moss mix will retain more water, so you won’t need to water as frequently.
When it comes to watering orchids, the most common mistake is overwatering them. How frequent to water your orchid depends on climate, humidity, and potting mix, but typically orchids only need to be watered every few days. One way to check your plant’s moisture levels is to gently push into the soil. If your fingers feel moisture on them, they’re still good. If you don’t feel anything, it’s time to water.
Orchids love lots of light, but not dierect light. If possible, they should be placed near a south or east facing window.
Fertilizer is essential for promoting reblooming in your dormant orchid. You should feed it with a balanced houseplant fertilizer (20-20-20) either weekly or monthly, depending on the type of orchid.
Since orchids rarely rebloom on the same stem, you should cut the flower spike at the base of the stem once the blooms have completely dried out.
Now you can grab an orchid at your local grocery store or nursery and get to potting!