Welcome to orchid ownership! Whether you received your new plant as a gift for hosting Easter brunch or as part of a festive Easter basket, you’re probably asking yourself the same question: Now what?
First of all, don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself a “plant person.” Phalaenopsis orchids are relatively low maintenance plants and you’ll find you can easily adapt to a simple care routine. Here are four things to keep in mind.
4 Key Things to Know When Becoming an Orchid Owner
1. Embrace the “Just Add Ice” Watering Method
One of the most common ways new orchid owners harm their plant is through overwatering. Luckily, the “Just Add Ice” watering method makes getting the right amount of water every time as simple as counting to three. Just give your orchid three ice cubes once a week (or one ice cube if you were gifted a mini orchid) and you’ll never have to worry about overwatering again. You can even sign up for our free watering reminders by text or email to make sure you never forget.
2. Consider the Proper Temperature
Since orchids are tropical plants, they thrive in a tropical climate. The ideal temperature for your orchid is between 65 and 75 degrees with a humidity level between 55 and 75 percent. To make sure the temperature of your home doesn’t negatively affect your plant, keep the thermostat between the ideal temperatures and keep your plant away from vents or fans that could cause a draft in the room. If you’re concerned about humidity levels of your home, you can run a humidifier during the day or create a humidity tray.
3. Give Your Orchid Light — But Not Too Much
Like all plants, your orchid loves sunlight, but too much direct sunlight can cause your plant to suffer from sun overexposure. To avoid this problem, make sure your orchid is positioned in a place that gets plenty of natural, but indirect light. You’ll know if your orchid is suffering from sunburn because the leaves will turn a reddish-purple.
4. Don’t Panic If the Blooms Fall Off
Like most flowers, orchids go through a blooming phase, followed by a hibernation phase. However, don’t panic if the blooms fall off your orchid and it appears dead. It is likely only going through a resting period and, with the proper maintenance care, will be ready to rebloom again in a few months. In fact, your orchid can continue to rebloom and thrive for years to come.
With these four tips, you’re ready to enter into the special world of orchid ownership.
For more information on how to best care for your plant, check out our Orchid Care Resources page.