Learning to how to care for orchids is easy.
Anyone who has houseplants already knows how to grow orchids. They just need light, house temperatures, water and a little fertilizer.
When you start out with orchids, buy mature plants.
Many orchids take several years before they flower. With mature plants you can enjoy their beautiful flowers without waiting for years.
Phalaenopsis are an exception, they flower while they are very young. But even a young phalaenopsis may take a year before they flower.
to be safe, purchase orchid plants that are already flowering.
Correct watering is the most important part of orchid care.
I learned the hard way how to care for orchids, learn from my mistakes.
Moisture on the leaves during cool night temperatures can cause leaf diseases.
Take special care when watering phalaenopsis to not get water down in the crown where the leaves attach together. This may cause crown rot and the eventual demise of the plant.
Thorough watering will flush the extra salts out of the pot. Salt build-up in the pot may cause the roots to burn.
After you have watered, wait until the extra water had drained out of the pot. Then pick up the pot and feel how heavy it is.
Give the plant a chance to dry out before you water
again. If the roots stay constantly wet, they will rot and
die. This is so important in learning how to care for orchids!
Not enough water is better than, too much water.
Use an orchid fertilizer three times during the warm growing months.
Fertilizer is called "plant food" but it is just actually salts and minerals. Plants pick up water and minerals (fertilizer) through the roots, but they require carbohydrates for food.
The carbohydrates (food) for the
plant are produced in the leaves of the plant by photosynthesis. Photosynthesis
only works only in the presence of light.
Light is the second most important item in how to care for orchids.
Orchids need light to make them grow and flower. A lack of light means not enough food to produce the beautiful orchid flowers.
Growing orchids need bright, diffused light. That's how to care for orchids.
In nature they grow in or under trees in dappled sunlight. Rarely would you find them growing in the direct sun.
Our homes provide the diffused light they require.
Only use west windows that have an awnings or shade cloth.
The danger of too much hot sun is that the plant will transpire (evaporate water from the leaves) in an effort to cool itself.
If the orchid plant can't keep up or if it runs out of water, the leaves will burn.
The only orchid maybe, safe to grow in a west window would be a dendrobium orchid or the mule-ear type of oncidium because they have heavy leaves.More Information
Orchids like the same temperatures people enjoy, 60-80 degrees. That makes how to care for orchids in the home easy.
There are more Types of Orchids throughout the world than any other plants.
The orchids suitable for home culture are;
Orchids are so amazing and beautiful. All the different types give the gardener a wide selection of forms and colors.
Knowing how to care for orchids is so rewarding.