Everyday Orchid Care
(When in bloom - typically Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons)
Orchids are notorious for being a nightmare for those without a green thumb. But, in reality, if you are careful with watering, caring for an orchid can be as easy as 1-2-3!
Filtered light or partially shaded areas are best. Orchids are indoor plants, please keep them nice and cozy inside.
Ideal temperature 15-30°C (59-86°F)
Water generously (250ml) once every 10 days or when moss becomes very dry. Ideally, the best time to water is when the moss at the top of the pot is dry while the moss at the bottom is still wet. If conditions permit, once a month, put your plant under the tap and drench the moss until water leaks from the bottom of the pot. This ensures that all of the moss has been evenly moistened.
Things to watch out for
When there is obvious browning at the sides of the pot, stop watering for 3 weeks. Browning at sides of the pot means that there is either
- Too much water or
- Too much fertilizer.
As a result, the moss, which is completely natural and mutually beneficial to itself and the orchid, is dying.
When you notice that the orchid is tipping over or cannot stand properly. This means the orchid is very dehydrated! If water does not absorb when added, soak plant in a cup and remove after 20 minutes.
Do not let water collect at bottom of pot! Moss, as a medium, serves as an indicator of how much water an orchid needs. Hence, do not let orchid roots or moss soak in water bath for extended periods of time.