Orchids are one of the most elegant and elegant flowers in the world. With over 20,000 Orchid species in the world, each producing their own unique flowers, you can find an Orchid that suites any location. You can find Orchids on every continent and in just about every climate imaginable, making them very popular to be grown as an indoor plant.
The first step in caring for your Orchid is to figure out what kind of Orchid you have. Look for a sticker or marker that came with the Orchid that tells you what Orchid species you have. If you receive the Orchid as a gift from someone other than an Orchid enthusiast, you most likely have a Phalaenopsis Orchid. This Orchid may also be referred to by the nickname of “Moth Orchid”.
If the Orchid came with instructions on how to care for that Orchid, then you should follow those instructions. Each of the 20,000 Orchid species come with different care instructions and its impossible for me to highlight them all here. I will provide care instructions for Phalaenopsis Orchids, the most common species, but be sure to adjust accordingly if you have a different species.
Most Orchids need a lot of bright light with no contact with direct sunlight. Sunlight will directly effect when the flower will bloom and not enough light will impair flower production. Direct sunlight will burn the leaves and you will end up with a dead plant. If you notice that the leaves of your Orchid are starting to turn a lighter shade of green, that’s a sign of too much direct sunlight.
Naturally, Orchids grow on trees instead of in the ground. For this reason, the roots are designed to trap and hold water but still get plenty of air. If you saturate your Orchid and make it sit in water, you will kill it in a hurry.
Phalaenopsis Orchids need to be watered every 10 days or so. The best way to water an Orchid is to thoroughly water the pot in a sink so you see water coming out of the bottom. This will drain the salts and anything else left behind by your last watering.
Some Phalaenopsis Orchids only require a few ice cubes once a week to provide the right amount of moisture. Using this technique allows you to water the plant slowly over time without having to stand there while you do it. This is more natural for the Orchid and ensures that the growing medium has plenty of time to soak up the water.
Orchids need fertilizer to help support their growth and flowering. Using fertilizer all year long will help your Orchid grow strong and create larger blooms than an Orchid without the nutrient boost. Growing Orchids indoors in such a small pot causes the Orchid to use up the nutrients in the soil very quickly, so replacing them with fertilizer is always a good idea.
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