Orchids are among the most stylish and sophisticated plants you can grow in your home or office. They make fantastic houseplants, and their blooms can last for months. Orchids also make a wonderful gift for family members and/or friends. Most Orchids have attractive butterfly-shaped flowers, in a wide range of colours, from pinks and purples to apricot, orange, and salmon, to lemon yellow to pure white.
Orchids are fairly adaptable and can grow in just about any bright spot. They look beautiful displayed in a window sill or in a hanging planter. Complement your Orchid with a colourful pot; this will help give the plant an extra boost of colour after the flowers fade.
Grow your Orchid in a well-lit spot in your home. They tolerate low light well but bloom best if grown in medium or bright light. That said, they do prefer some protection from direct afternoon sun on their leaves; if you have them in a sunny window, a sheer curtain is perfect for diffusing the light to keep them happy.
Water your Orchid once the bark or moss it is potted in dries out. Orchids would prefer to be a little too dry than too wet. In fact, one of the most common ways Orchids die is too much water. Never let Orchids sit in water for more than 30 minutes or so. One easy guideline for remembering to water your Orchid is to let the water run through the moss and out the drainage holes each time you water and to repeat this every 10 to 14 days.
Orchids typically only need repotting once every year or two. Watch the bark or moss it’s potted in; when it starts to break down and look more like soil, it’s time to repot your Orchid in a larger pot using fresh moss or orchid bark.
Like many other tropical plants, Orchids love humidity. One classic way to grow them is to set them on a tray of pebbles or sand and water. The bottom of the pot should sit on the sand/pebbles, just above the water line. As the water in the tray evaporates, it humidifies the air directly around the plant. You can also group your Orchid with other houseplants; most plants add moisture and humidify the air as they breathe.
Lots of people ask if they should mist their Orchids. Misting adds humidity to the air for a short time so it doesn’t hurt Orchids, but it’s not as good for them as many people think. It’s something many people find therapeutic, however, and often is more personally beneficial to people than misting is for the plant.
Fertilize your Orchid a couple of times in Spring and Summer to help them bloom best. Use a fertilizer designed for Orchids and follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging.
Source: Costa Farms