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How to Keep Your Orchid Healthy—Three Great Tips

May 18, 2012

Phalenopsis orchids are a favorite of many plant lovers. Their beautiful long stem with vibrant blooms is a symbol of elegance and style. For many decades, the delicate orchid was reserved for those owning a greenhouse. Thankfully times and growing habits have changed and the Phalenopsis orchid can be grown by anyone in any climate.

Here are some tips that can keep your orchid growing beautifully year round:

  • Water and humidity is an orchid's best friend. However, the soil should be allowed to dry between each watering. To achieve this, you will need to water your orchid well (thoroughly soaking the growing medium) once a week. We recommend arranging three ice cubes on the growing medium once a week. You may also want to mist the orchid with a spray bottle daily. Misting gives the orchid more humidity but does not create a soggy root environment.
  • It is best to put your orchid where it will receive medium indirect sunlight. It will grow best in a window that is facing the west but even a lightly shaded southern window will work. A fact many beginners do not know is that orchids need a period of dark each night.
  • To ensure bright blooms and a healthy plant, use a potting mixture and a fertilizer that is specifically designed for orchids. As your experience grows, you can begin to experiment with blending various brands and types of fertilizer and try new growing mediums.

The Phalenopsis Orchid, or "Moth Orchid,” is a beautiful addition that will enhance any home. If you follow these three tips, your orchids can bloom and re-bloom for years to come. For 10 more tips for keeping your orchid healthy, get our free download here