Many people are under a false impression with orchids and believe that they are extremely difficult to care for. Although there are various orchid problems that can arise if they are not cared for properly, there are so many thousands of different species to choose from that anyone of any skill level will be able to find an orchid that they can grow with little trouble at all.
Orchids are Delicate
Most orchids don’t need any more care than the average houseplant but there are few types that do require some attention due to their delicate nature. The first crucial step is to find out what specific needs your particular orchid has. The blooms of an orchid are truly beautiful and this is what sets them apart from other flowers, but it’s also the blooms that are quite fragile. If the proper care is given though, your orchid and its’ magnificent blooms can be maintained to look just as it, and they, did the day you bought it. Due to their popularity from being known to be easily cared for than other less common orchids, the chances that you own a Phaleanopsis orchid are quite high. If it’s purple or white, then you definitely do!
Placement for Your Orchid
Most orchids will bloom for about 3 months of the year – the Phaleanopsis is one of these species – if taken care of correctly. A window on the east side of your home is the best location for any orchid. Being placed here will mean it gets the right amount of sunlight and shade it needs and will enjoy the morning and afternoon sunlight. Be mindful, though, of the midday sun as it should be avoided because it can be very harsh to the orchids’ leaves. Another good light source can be of the artificial kind, being fluorescent lights. If you use these, they should be positioned a foot or so above the orchids’ blooms. This way you’ll have a substitute for natural light, but it’s still encouraged for your orchid to receive sunlight during normal hours.
Temperature Range and Watering
The ideal range to have an orchid growing in is between 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius) and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). Any higher than this will harm your orchid and it will start losing its’ buds or just stop flowering at all. This will certainly be the result if an orchid is exposed to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) or higher. You must be very careful to avoid over-watering orchids because this can easily happen. The flower must remain moist though, so just stick to watering it every one or two weeks. You could also use a watering tray to keep your orchid in constantly. The only point to remember with a water tray is to not allow the roots to touch the edges or the bottom of the tray. If this happens too much moisture will be absorbed by the plant.
Fertilizing and Pruning Your Orchid
To keep you orchid healthy and blooming for as long as possible during its’ life, fertilize it before it flowers each time. Once it does bloom, it doesn’t need to be fertilized again until the next time it blooms. Pruning your orchid while it’s in the process of flowering will help a second set of blooms to develop. This little tip will have you a stunning orchid for many years.