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Orchid

Orchids are beautiful and colorful plants that are easy to maintain. In the right conditions, they will reward you with blooms that last for months.

How to care for your Orchid

Use these instructions to care for an Orchid. This guide will tell you how to water an Orchid; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Orchid

LIGHT

Your orchid prefers bright indirect light, such as the light from an east-facing window. Don’t let your plant sit in direct sun, as the foliage and delicate flowers may scorch. If your orchid does not get enough light, it will likely not rebloom.

WATER

Water when 75% of the potting media volume is dry. Water thoroughly until it flows from the drainage hole. Discard any excess water to discourage root rot.

HUMIDITY

Your orchid can adapt to lower humidity levels but will appreciate added humidity by using a pebble tray or humidifier.

TEMPERATURE

Your orchid enjoys average room temperatures of 60-80F°.

FOOD

Feed your orchid with a foliar fertilizer made specifically for orchids. Feed every time you water your plant during spring and summer, and feed once a month during fall and winter.

TOXICITY

Phalaenopsis orchids are non-toxic to pets and humans if ingested.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Flowers can last as long as 2-6 months if kept in ideal conditions. After blooms are spent, you can cut off the flower spike just above the node where the first flower bloomed. New flowers should appear between 3-9 months later.

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What's an Orchid?

Botanical Classification: Phalaenopsis

About

Orchids are native to Southern China, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and New Guinea. A very low-maintenance plant, they prefer warm conditions, high humidity, and bright indirect light. They are a dramatic addition to any plant or flower lover’s space!

Fun fact

Orchids are very long-lived, with the oldest known orchid being over 150 years old!

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