How to care for Orchids

How to care for OrchidsTypically these varieties of Orchids are what most beginners purchase. They are the most common and can be found in most greenhouse or nurseries throughout the U.S.  They are really easy to take of. If you are new to these exotic plants we recommend the following book. Understanding Orchids.

Orchids do not like temperatures below 32° degrees f.  Keep indoors and use them as indoor decor. They produce beautiful long-lasting blooms.

It is important to note that most orchids will bloom for about 3-4 months at a time.  Once the blooms expire they will go into dormancy.  Continue watering and fertilizing until they bloom once again, this may take a few months before blooms.

Place them where there is humidity or mist them once or twice a week for better growth.

Use Orchid food when fertilizing.  Use Grow More all-purpose orchid food to feed all types of orchids analysis 20-20-20.  If you want them to bloom use the 6-30-30 formula.

Orchids will thrive outdoors where there are no freezing temps during the winter seasons.

How to care for Orchids

Phalaenopsis – Is a favorite among orchid care enthusiasts. Long-lasting blooms with many colors and are inexpensive.
Temperatures – Needs about 15 to 20F. Seedlings need about 10 degrees higher than mature plants.
Water – Do not let plants dry out. Younger plants need more watering and attention.
Fertilizer – Should be fertilized on a regular basis. A good 20-20-20 or similar ratio. Fertilize every week at one-quarter to one-half of the recommended dilution.
Potting – Should be done every 2-3 years. Better if done during late spring.

Paphiopedilum – Are easily suited for home growing, requiring only bright light and your normal home temperatures. Also called a slipper orchid and blooms are long lasting up to 10 weeks of bloom.
Temperatures – Most mature orchids need about 15 to 20f. temperatures between night and day.
Water – Never let plants dry out.
Fertilize – Must be fertilized on a regular basis, but requires less fertilizer than other types of orchids,
Potting – Should be done about every one to two years. Use a good 10-10-10 balanced orchid food ratio.

Orchid Care – Oncidiums originate from sea level to the tropics.
Temperatures – should be 55-60° at night and 80 85° during the day.
Water – Generally plants with large fleshy roots needs less water. Watering should be thorough. Plants not active should be watered less.
Fertilizer – Apply a good 30-10-10 balanced fertilizer twice a month.
Potting – Re-pot when the plant is about half mature. Keep Humidity high and new pot should be medium dry until new roots form.

Dendrobium – Are very common orchid at retail gardening stores. Also called an air plant. Very leafy appearance.
Temperatures – Mature plants like 15 to 20f. difference between night and day. Leaves may drop if temperatures drop below 50f.
WaterThey like moist soil but can tolerate dryness when the plant has matured.
Fertilizer – They like to be fertilized often especially during growing period. Use a good 20-20-20 orchid food balanced ratio.
Potting – Repot every 2-3 years, give good aeration and drainage. They tend to like small pots for their size.

How to care for Orchids

Remember always use a good orchid care fertilizer, orchid bark or soil for all your orchids. Typically the above orchids are what most nurseries have, but there are over 28,000 varieties.

How to care for Orchids

Understaorchid-booknding Orchids: An Uncomplicated Guide to Growing the World’s Most Exotic Plants – by Wiliam Cullina.

Highly Recommended by Paul Guzman.