Orchid

Orchids are beautiful, low maintenance plants featuring long-lasting blooms. Their blooms are eye catching; which makes them perfect for a gift for any occasion. Orchids are native to Southern China, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and New Guinea. 

EASY CARE FACTS:

Lighting:

bright indirect light coming from east-facing windows

Orchid's leaves and blooms are very delicate; which can be burned in direct light. It is important for your plant to get enough light to allow it to keep blooming. 

Water:

Orchid needs sphagum moss on top of the dirt to allow even watering. All the top half to dry out prior to watering again. It is best to water your orchid in the sink and allow the water to come through the drainage hole. Allow all the water to drain through before placing back in its pot or saucer. Allowing your orchid to stand in water can cause root rot. The moss should stay moist, but do not keep it soggy. 

Fertilizing:

Use Orchid fertilizer which is made specifically for Orchids. Before fertilizing, water thoroughly to rinse out any previously accumulated salts. It is best to fertilize each time you water in the warm months and not in the cooler months. The sphagnum moss contains no nutrients. Over fertilizing can cause the leaves and blooms to die. It is suggested to dilute the fertilizer you are using to about half strength. 

Humidity:

Use a humidifier and/or pebble try to give your orchid the humidity levels it prefers. It can live in lower humidity levels, but it may affect the speed it blooms. 

Temperature:

average room temperatures of 60-80 degrees

Toxicity:

Phalaenopsis Orchids are non-toxic to animals and humans. 

 

 

BLOOMS: 

People purchase orchids due to its beautiful blooms. They can last anywhere from 2-5 months, and sometimes even longer if properly taken care of in the ideal conditions. Once the bloom is nearing the end of its time, cut off above the bottom node. If you find your plant is not reblooming, ensure you are using an Orchid fertilizer and maintaining humidity. But also be patient, because it can take up sometimes up to a year to rebloom.