A lot of people find their love for orchids after they have received one as a present. With that love however comes a responsibility of orchid care. Information about caring for orchids can be overloading but here are some basics that you need to consider.
Watering – A common mistake is watering too much. You need to ensure that you wait until your orchids are sufficiently dry (but not completely dry) before you water thoroughly. Check beneath the surface of your growing medium to see if it is dry. There is no hard and fast rule of when to water but try to do it no more than weekly unless you are sure it is dry.
Temperature – Most orchids originate from tropical regions so like temperatures in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Whilst there are orchids that can grow in the cold, cold temperatures usually damage the plant and you will see a yellowing of the leaves and they will fall off.
Feeding Orchids – A common question in the orchid care is how to feed orchids. There are homemade remedies and fertilizers that you can buy from the shop. The best time to use orchid feed is in spring. Don’t use orchid feed in the winter months.
Re-potting Orchids – You will need to report when your orchid grows out of the pot and when you need to change the growing medium. Re-pot before new growth appears on your orchid.
Orchid Light Requirements – You need to get enough light to your orchids but the orchid shouldn’t be left in direct sunlight all day. Getting the light right is arguably the most important factor in orchid care. If they don’t get enough then they won’t bloom properly. Think about where you place you orchid in relation to the light, south facing windows generally get more light.
Orchid Humidity Levels – Most people don’t even consider these but they are easier to control than most people think. Use a spray bottle to mist to ensure there is enough moisture in the air.
Orchid Care Problems – Other problems that you might come across when caring for orchids include insect and disease problems. Clean you orchid regularly to ensure they remain healthy.
Caring for orchids is a hugely rewarding experience. Once you start with your first orchid it is likely you will catch the orchid bug! Don’t be daunted, after a little experience, orchid care will become easy for you.