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:
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”.