How to keep your orchids alive

Taking care of orchids requires a gentle touch and a bit of attention to detail. Here are some basic tips for caring for orchids:


1. Light: Orchids usually thrive in bright, indirect light. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight, as this can scorch their delicate leaves.

2. Watering: Orchids should be watered sparingly. A good rule of thumb is to water them once a week, allowing the water to drain completely from the pot. Overwatering can lead to rot, so it's important to let the potting medium dry out slightly between waterings.

3. Humidity: Orchids prefer a humid environment. You can increase humidity by misting the orchid's leaves with water, placing the pot on a tray of pebbles filled with water, or using a humidifier.

4. Temperature: Most orchids prefer daytime temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C) and slightly cooler temperatures at night.

5. Fertilizing: During the growing season (spring and summer), you can fertilize your orchid with a balanced orchid fertilizer every 2-4 weeks. In the fall and winter, reduce the frequency to once a month.

6. Repotting: Orchids should be repotted every 1-2 years to refresh the potting medium and provide more space for growth.

Remember that there are many different types of orchids, and specific care requirements may vary based on the orchid species. If you have a particular type of orchid, it's best to research its specific care needs. With patience and attention, you can enjoy the beauty of orchids for a long time.