I never was a huge fan of orchids. I thought they’re flowers for elderly women’s and that they need a ton of fostering. But when we moved into our current apartment, my mother in law gave me an orchid as a housewarming gift and it’s super easy to take care of. Plus, when it blooms (what it does quite a lot) it’s stunning! Just a beautiful timeless plant.
To keep your orchids pretty you need:
- partial light
- consistent moisture
- warm temperature
As orchids are tropical plants, they mostly grow under trees. In your home, they do best in a north facing window (as the light isn’t too strong).
Don’t overwater !! It’s enough to water your orchid once a week. Healthy orchids have white roots and fleshy leafs. You may have heard of the ice-cube tip?! As an orchid is a tropical plant, they don’t know ice and you can damage the plant when it get’s too cold. So I never use ice cubes or ice cold water.
Like I mentioned, orchids are tropical flowers, which means they like it warm (just as we do!). In winter, I like to move my orchid from the window ledge to a side table in my living room. This way my plant doesn’t freeze at nights.
Most plant’s get their energy and nutrients from the soil, but as you noticed, orchids are planted in a mix of mosses (for support). So around every four to five weeks, I feed mine with some orchid fertilizer. You can buy special fertilizer at most flower shops or gardening centers.
The best thing about orchids is, that they bloom for many weeks. When a blossom starts to fade, simply snip them off. When you lost all your blossoms don’t throw the plant away! simply keep watering and feeding and it will start flowering again.
And that’s it. That’s how easy it is to take good care of your orchid’s to keep them pretty and alive for ages.