Orchid - Growing Instruction & Care

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Orchid (awr-kid)
Family: Orchidaceae
Common Name: Orchid, Moth Orchid
Botanical Name: Phalaenopsis spp.
Pet Friendly: Yes

Orchids are the epitome of elegance and beauty, bringing a touch of luxury to any living space. These delicate plants boast vibrant and colorful flowers that grow in clusters and add a stunning visual appeal to any room. Although they may seem finicky, orchids are relatively low-maintenance and can be grown with ease if you follow these simple steps. Orchids thrive in warm, humid environments and require proper lighting, watering, and feeding to reach their full potential. With their unique growth patterns and striking floral displays, orchids are a statement piece that adds charm and sophistication to any home. At Orchid Supply Store, we offer a wide range of orchid supplies to help you grow and care for these exquisite plants.

  • Choose a pot with good air flow. Orchids need air flow, so choose a pot with drainage holes or a specialized orchid pot with gaps.

  • Use a special orchid mix. Use an orchid mix that meets the unique needs of orchids for nutrients, moisture retention, and drainage.

  • Provide bright, indirect light. Orchids need light, but direct sunlight can harm their leaves. Place them near a north-facing window or under shade.

  • Water regularly with good drainage. Water regularly, but allow the potting mix to dry out between watering to prevent root rot.

  • Mist leaves or use a humidifier. Keep leaves moist in a humid environment by misting or using a humidifier.

  • Feed with balanced fertilizer monthly. Use a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season to ensure proper nutrition.

  • Prune to control size and shape. Prune regularly with clean, sharp scissors to control size and shape.

Remember, each type of orchid has specific care requirements, so it's important to research the needs of your particular orchid. Moth Orchids are particularly easy to care for and prefer a bit of neglect.

To thrive, orchids require warm and consistent temperatures, lots of bright indirect light, and a coarse growing medium with good drainage. Fertilize with a diluted solution of complete balanced liquid fertilizers (10-10-10) weekly during the growing season. Remove spent flowers and wait until your orchid is done blooming before re-potting.

Purchase growing supplies and plants from American Plant Supply to start your orchid collection and create an elegant, sophisticated living space today!