Orchids are beautiful, delicate flowers that come in many colours, forms and sizes. Care requirements vary based on the variety of Orchid you are growing. If you can follow some simple guidelines, regardless of what kind of orchid you have, you will be able to keep it healthy and looking great.
Use pots with drainage holes. Orchid pots should have drainage holes to allow excess water to run out of the pot. Orchids do not like having 'wet feet'. Otherwise, root rot may kill your beautiful plants!
Provide a fast-draining potting material designed for orchids. Bark-based or moss-based potting mediums are required. Bark-based medium drains well and will help prevent over-watering, but can break down quickly. Moss-based retain moisture and careful watering is required to avoid water logging.
Place the Orchid in pots near south- or east-facing windows. Orchids need strong, but indirect, light to thrive. Place them near south- or east-facing windows to ensure they receive the right amount and intensity of sunlight.
Orchids thrive in moderate temperatures, and will die if they get too cold. Though the correct temperature varies based on the species of orchid, in general you should aim for above 60 °F (16 °C) at night. Daytime temperatures should be 10-15 degrees.
Water orchids before they go dry. Once a week, gently test the moisture in the potting medium, If you don’t feel any moisture on your fingers, lightly water the orchids by pouring water over the potting medium and allowing it to soak in. NB After a few minutes, tip out and drain the remaining excess moisture in the pot.