How to care for orchids
Caring for your orchids is straightforward for gardeners of all levels to follow:
Opt for bright, indirect sunlight
Orchids need bright light to thrive, but it’s important to note that direct light may be too harsh for your plants and can even burn them.
It’s best to opt for bright, indirect sunlight, especially when planted indoors, preferably from a south or east-facing window.
Stick to fast-draining soil
The right mix of soil is key to helping your orchids thrive. Orchids do not grow in potting soil or potitng mix. Instead, it is best to stick to an orchid growing soil that is fast-draining.
This can be purchased at a garden shop near you, or you can even create your own. If you decide to create your own mix, some materials that are best to use include bark, perlite, and peat.
Keep them well-watered
Careful watering is key to keeping your orchids happy and healthy. If your pot feels light or the soil feels dry, this indicates that your orchids are in need of watering.
In the warmer months, it’s best to water them twice a week, and in the cooler months, you can cut back to once a week.
Sustain humidity levels around 40%-70%
When caring for your orchids indoors, they do best in temperatures ranging between 50 and 90 degrees fahrenheit. Preferred humidity levels are around 40%-70%.
It is best to avoid placing your orchids in areas where there is dry air or direct heat as they can damage the plant’s delicate flowers.
Use orchid-specific fertilizier
When purchasing orchids, they’ll often come labeled with instructions that indicate the best fertilizer for the orchid that you choose.
If you’re ever curious about the best orchid-specific fertilizer to use for your plant, your local garden shop like us here at Clearview can help!