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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 flowers may burn. If your Orchid does not get enough light, it will not thrive and continually bloom. 

WATER

Allow the top 50% of the sphagnum moss to dry out in between waterings. Before watering, remove the saucer from underneath the pot and take it to your sink. Thoroughly water your plant until the water flows through the drainage hole. Place it back on the saucer, making sure it is free of any standing water. Your orchid does not like to sit in water, but do not let the moss dry out completely.

HUMIDITY

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

TEMPERATURE

Your Orchid enjoys average room temperatures of 60-80 degrees.

FOOD

Feed your Orchid with a fertilizer made specifically for Orchids. You can also use a Foliar Spray. Feed every time you water your plant during spring and summer, and feed every third watering during fall and winter. Before fertilizing, water thoroughly to rinse out any previously accumulated salts. 

TOXICITY

Phalaenopsis Orchids are non-toxic to animals and humans. 

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 from. 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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