How to care for your beautiful
The answer to our most
frequently asked orchid question!!
Make sure to set your orchid in bright light, but avoid direct sun. Orchids will burn in no time if placed by the south or west-facing window--especially in summer. However, in the cooler months, move your orchid around to provide the light it needs. Think of a greenhouse that has lots of nice, natural light, with glass frosted to diffuse the direct rays of the sun.
That's the exposure your orchids love!
The ideal temperature to maintain healthy orchids is widely debated. Orchids love even temperature environments. Keep them away from air conditioning vents, direct heat, and from hot or cold drafts.
Drumroll please: the ideal temperature for phalaenopsis orchids ranges between 65 and 75 degrees F.
My preferred method for watering orchids is to gently submerge the grower pot In a pail of
lukewarm tap water for several seconds, covering the soil and roots, but not the leaves. Remove the plant, allowing all the water to drain completely from the pot. I've had many questions regarding the Ice cube method of watering. I hand water to ensure the plant is completely irrigated. Melted ice cubes can leave dry pockets that stress the root system.
MOSS VS. BARK
Orchids grown in the bark will dry out much faster than those grown In moss, which absorbs and retains water. Water orchids potted in bark every 5-7 days. Water orchids grown in moss every 7-10 days. Water requirements are variable, so when you bring your orchid home, check the soil daily until you and your plant find the right watering rhythm!