4 Quick Tips on Caring For Orchids

Caring for orchids is commonly seen as tricky and only for the seasoned horticulturist. A couple of years back, this could happen to be true. Today, however, considering the countless number of orchids species and practically equivalent quantity of hybrids, caring for orchids has never been much easier.

Orchids don’t require too much care and attention than any other backyard garden or household plant. But some basic gardening services are necessary. Below are few tips you must take into account when caring for orchids.

Sunshine

Summer your orchids outside during warmer times of the year. After nighttime temperatures reliably stay above 60 degrees, move them to a spot outside that receives the appropriate light. No more than a couple of hours of morning sun or dappled light (too much direct sun will burn the foliage) is needed for shade-loving orchids such as phalaenopsis and paphiopedilum, while direct sun for most of the day is preferred by sun-loving orchids such as vandas. Spending time outside also provides a temperature drop between day and night of at least 10 degrees and good air circulation, which orchids prefer.

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Water

Sure, watering a plant is as easy as 1-2-3. But as we’ve heard it a couple of times before, too much of something is actually bad. So the question that needs to be answered when watering an orchid is ‘How do you water an orchid’?

A general rule of thumb: The best frequency to water the orchids is every 10 to 14 days, or two to three times a month. When watering, give an orchid 1/2 cup to 1/3 cup water or take it to the sink and let water run through, if planted in bark medium.

Occasionally check to see what’s happening in your orchid arrangement. If your plants are arranged together and can’t be taken apart, make sure you’re using a measuring cup and not exceeding the watering amount guidelines to insure your plants are not sitting in excess water. Remove a little moss that may be decoratively placed on top and feel to see if the orchid medium is moist or wet. If so, do not water. Check a few days later. Wait up to 14 days, until the top of the orchid is on the dryer side, before you add more water.

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Misting

Misting by hand does not need to be part of your orchid care. The idea is to raise the humidity, but you can do this more efficiently by placing orchid pots on top of a layer of rocks that are sitting in water. You don’t want the water constantly touching the bottom of the pot; you just want the evaporation of the water to humidify the plant. You also can help your orchids by running a humidifier in the room where they live.

Fertilizer

Many orchids bloom with no fertilizer. If you choose a liquid fertilizer, use it at half strength every other time you water. More fertilizer is not better. It’s best to stop fertilizing when the plant is dormant, usually during the winter. Give plants a month or two without fertilizer. When temperatures rise and day length gets longer, begin fertilizing again.

Orchids perform well with a balanced formula of fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) or a fertilizer especially formulated to stimulate blooms, with a high middle number such as 11-35-15.

Always use a water-soluble fertilizer. Granular or stick types of fertilizers don’t work well because, unlike how they perform in soil, they can wash out before getting a chance to interact with the bark mix.

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