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4 Common Orchid Growing Mistakes to Avoid

January 28, 2013

Phalaenopsis orchids are hardy plants that require minimal care. They will grow healthily as long as they are given the right amounts of water, oxygen, light, humidity, and nutrition. However, lack of knowledge or over-enthusiasm can cause growers to make certain mistakes that can jeopardize the health of their orchids. If you want your Phalaenopsis orchid to grow well and produce beautiful flowers, make a point to avoid these four common orchid-growing mistakes:

1)      Excessive Watering

This is a mistake that is often made by beginner orchid growers. Beginners tend to be overenthusiastic when it comes to providing care for their orchids, and they may end up overwatering their plants. Phalaenopsis orchids only need a limited amount of water to survive and grow, and they may experience problems such as root rot if they are given too much water. Water your orchid with three cubes of ice each week, or equivalent to 1/4 cup of water.

2)      Planting Orchids in Soil

Phalaenopsis orchids grow on trees when they are in their natural habitat, and therefore, they should not be planted in soil. They need a potting medium that allows sufficient air circulation around their roots, such as tree bark, cork, or coconut shreds.

3)      Overexposure to Sunlight

It is also important that you do not expose your orchid to too much sunlight. Phals grow best under indirect sunlight, and they should be placed in a south or east-facing window. You can find out if your orchid is getting the right amount of sunlight by observing its leaves.

4)      Insufficient Humidity

If you are living in an area that has low humidity, remember to provide artificial humidity for your orchid. This can be done by misting your plant from time to time or placing a humidity tray underneath its pot.

Watch our Orchid Care Videos to learn how to provide the best care for your orchid.