The first thing you need to know is that there are over 30,000 species of orchids that come from everywhere across the globe except Antarctica. The good news is you don’t need to necessarily know what type of species your orchid is to take good care of it. Although there are 30,000 species the most common orchids found in homes are either phalaenopsis hybrids (known as moth orchids) or dendrobium hybrids. Here are our 6 tips on Orchid care:
- The best way to water orchids is by putting 3 standard size ice cubes in the pot once a week. This will keep you from over watering as well as ensure your pot does not leak or drip.
- Find a place where your orchid will get strong light but not direct late-afternoon sunlight. This reflects the orchids natural habitat.
- Try to create regular periods of drying, alternating with drenching hydration for your orchid. This may seem odd but it doesn’t hurt to put it in the kitchen sink every so often and really soak it down. This won’t kill it as long as you let it dry it out for a period of time afterwards.
- When keeping an orchid in your home, remember orchids do not like to be in the same temperature all day and all night. Most homes are kept at one temperature throughout the day so keep that in mind as you think about the best care for your orchids.
- Orchids love humidity. This may seem like that would be hard to create in a family home but keeping your orchid near a sink or growing in the bathroom helps to recreate its natural humid environment. If you have multiple orchids or other plants in the house, keep them near each other. They release moisture into the air as they breathe.
- Don’t forget to clean your orchid. Always a good idea to hand wash your orchid every so often with room temperature water. It helps to get rid of any dust that may build up on the leaves and block light.
Keep in mind the care of orchids changes during the winter season. Make sure that during these colder months you keep your plant warm and hold back on watering. Obviously, we want to make sure the orchid stays hydrated but move towards a light mist every so often as opposed to consistent watering of the pot.
If you have any questions or would like more information about caring for your flowers, contact one of our florists at Nosegay.