Orchid Care Guide
Famed for its strikingly delicate appearance, the orchid family is one of the largest groups of flowering plants on the planet with around 25,000-30,000 species found on every continent except Antarctica.
Despite a reputation for being difficult to care for, the ability of orchids to thrive in almost every conceivable environment (particularly within rainforests) across a suspected 80 million years on the planet is a testament to the fact that they are largely misunderstood and inherently resilient flowers.
Mature orchids can reach up to 12 inches wide and 8-36 inches tall when proper care is given. We’re going to help you make sure that you achieve these impressive and stunning heights with your orchids throughout this comprehensive orchid care guide.
6 Tips on Orchid Care (especially #5)
Orchids are epiphytes, meaning that they traditionally grow by hanging onto the bark of trees rather than in soil. While some semi-terrestrial orchids like lady slippers do traditionally grow in marsh soil, it’s this difference in growth and care requirements that most commonly leads to misconceptions that orchids require extensive, specialist care. In reality, however, orchid care is surprisingly simple and rests largely on adherence to the following six simple steps.
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Phalaenopsis (moth orchid)
Cypripedium (ladies slipper)
Odontoglossum (butterfly orchid)
More orchid care tips
Even high-light orchids don’t require direct sunlight
Orchid lighting requirements vary so vastly that it’s imperative to research specifics once you know the orchid species that you have. It is vital to note, however, that even high-light orchids rarely require direct sunlight. While some species may be able to withstand sun at certain times of the year, these shade-loving, rainforest dwelling flowers generally require low lighting or exposure to sunlight through dappled shade.
Take preventive steps against bugs or bacteria
Bugs or bacteria can pose significant risks to orchids, and infected plants should be removed immediately. To avoid infection in even this humidity-loving plant, it’s also essential to take preventive steps using fungicides that may include cinnamon and rubbing alcohol, as well as specific protective products.
Did you know?
Due in part to their rainforest dwelling, overwatering is the most fatal mistake that owners make with their orchids. In reality, though, most species require minimal watering through the use of ice cubes only when their pots are dry, alongside the humidity/misting mentioned. If roots are green it means that an orchid is healthy and getting enough water, while grey or white roots are a clear sign of dehydration.