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How To Care For Orchids

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Orchid care is simple if you know few basic rules

Orchids have a reputation for being difficult to grow and care for but this is simply not true.

Here are few basic rules to care for your orchid plant and help it bloom longer and grow stronger:

Watering orchids

Overwatering is  number one killer for any indoor plants and orchid  plants are not an exception. Orchid plants don’t mind to dry out between watering.

I strongly recommend for you to check the potting material before watering orchid plant by sticking your finger about an inch deep into a potting mix close to plant base.

There are different watering techniques for orchids potted in a pot with drainage hole and orchids potted in a vase or decorative pot. All Orchid Diva arrangements are arranged in decorative pots.

Watering orchids in a vase or decorative pot

Use ice cube technique. Yes, thats right ice!

If your orchid plant potted in a container that has no drainage using ice to water orchids is the best way to avoid root rotting and make sure orchids get the amount of water they need.

Usually orchid plants that potted in a vase have decorative material on top like moss or rocks. Check moisture level underneath top decorative layer before watering this kind of orchid arrangement.

Use 3 large ice cubes per plant on average once every 7-10 days. 

When placed on top of the potting material, the ice cubes will slowly release water over time. This prevents water from sitting at the bottom of a pot. If you have more than one orchid plant in a pot, you’ll want to give each plant serving of three ice cubes. Watering orchids with ice will not harm leaves or roots.

Please keep in mind that if you would like to keep plants that are potted in a vase after they stop blooming, you would have to repot your plants in a pot with drainage to provide a better environment for a plant to live in.

Watering orchids in a pot with drainage hole

Water your plant once every 7-10 days if your orchid plant is potted in a pot with drainage hole.

Place your plant under running water for a few minutes and then leave it in the sink to make sure access water will completely drain out. Always check poting material before watering to make sure it had a chance to dry a little.

Trapped water between orchid leaves

When watering your orchids, take care to avoid wetting the leaves. Trapped water must be dried quickly by using a piece of tissue or a cotton ball.

Light for orchids

Light is an important factor for blooming orchid.  Not giving orchids enough light is one of the most common reasons for failure to bloom. The plant needs light, but not too much.

Orchids do well in natural light, bright indirect light or fluorescent light.

Dust off orchid leaves

In nature Orchids get washed by rain. It’s important to clean leaves off dust once a week.

With proper care orchid plant can bloom for months each year and can live indefinitely. In this respect orchids are an excellent value as far as blooming plants go.

See what I create with orchids, go to my online orchid shop in New York .

After your orchid in the arrangement stops blooming you can repot it and make it bloom again. Read my post “How to repot Orchids”.

8 Comments

  1. Cris Caldeira May 14, 2012 Reply

    Thanks to your tips!
    Here in Brazil we recommend the following care tips:

    Your orchid may remain showy and healthy with fewer chemicals, just use homemade ingredients such as cinnamon and coconut soap, and stay alert for signs that the plant gives.

    1. Prefer the clay pots to plastic. Although they are more expensive, have more than the first porosity and drain water better. If you opt for the plastic, keep an eye on watering not to soak the plant too.

    2. If the base of the orchid is less than one finger of the mouth of the vase, you need to exchange it for housing. Try to leave her two fingers in height below the mouth of the vase.

    3. To accommodate it in the new pot, note which side the new shoots appear – this is the front of the orchid. The back must be placed against a side of the vessel to confirm the development of the copy.

    4. For the exchange of vessel, add chips of coconut fiber or moss to the plant. The latter must be washed with water to remove excess sand.

    5. Before cutting the orchid, sterilize scissors (with a torch or portable stove). Let cool, then use it. Important: Repeat the operation before moving to another orchid to prevent disease transmission.

    6. When disposing of a leaf, cinnamon pass the site of the court. The ingredient is a natural healing process.

  2. Sasha October 27, 2011 Reply

    My orchid is blooming more than before thanks to your tips!

  3. Sasha October 21, 2011 Reply

    i have an orchid and now i know how to take care of it thanks!

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      The Orchid Diva October 23, 2011 Reply

      Thank you. I am glad this information is useful. Please keep me posted on the process. Enjoy your Orchid.

  4. glenskir October 7, 2011 Reply

    Always water your orchids early in the day so that it will be dry by night time.Its important to remember that however,the surface may look dry but the roots may remain moist. Poke your finger or use wooden pencil an inch into the pot if it is moist ni need to add additional water. I use fertilizer called Baby bio by Anthony Nolan. I find it very good it makes the flower stay longer.

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      The Orchid Diva October 7, 2011 Reply

      Thank you for sharing your care tips. Yes, pensil, bamboo or thin wood stick is a great way to check on moisture level. You have beautiful Orchids and i would like to ask you to add link to your photo of them so everyone can see those amazing blooms. I red about baby Bio and it sounds like a great product, unfortunately it looks like it is not available in US. Would have love to try it.

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