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Orchid Plant Care

Learn All About Orchid Care with our Guide

Orchids are easy to spot with their unique colourful flowers atop arched branches (or spikes). Orchids typically grow on trees and so enjoy airflow to their roots and need only occasional watering.

Caring for your Orchid

Sunlight

Orchids like bright indirect sunlight. Too much direct sunlight can cause your plants leaves to scorch. Aim for a spot near a window that is sheltered from direct sunlight.

Soil & Nutrients

Orchids are typically planted in a soil-free environment, such as a bed of bark or rocks. This is to simulate their natural environment where they often grow on rocks or trees. Use an orchid fertiliser weekly during the growing season (May to August) to help your orchid come into full bloom.

Water

Orchids only need occasional watering and are susceptible to root rot if overwatered. Think heavy watering spaced apart with time for the root system to dry out and breathe. Make sure your orchid doesn’t sit in standing water and reduce watering in the winter months.

Climate & Humidity

Due to their tropical origins, orchids like warm and humid conditions and are well suited to a bathroom or kitchen. Avoid exposing your plant to cold or dry conditions and consider increasing humidity by misting your plant every day, especially if you are using heating or air conditioning. It’s a good idea to sit your orchid pot in a gravel tray with water to increase humidity.

Maintenance

Trim any wilting leaves or dead flowers to focus your orchid’s energy on new growth and flowers. If your orchid is outgrowing its pot, re-pot it into an orchid pot that has large drainage slots.

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