Orchid Care -
Growing Your First
blooms were irresistable. So you purchased your first orchid, brought
home, and now what do you do!
As with anything new,
there are a lot of questions.
you get it
satisfaction is immeasurable! Nothing beats the feeling of
your plant blooms again! Even after 20 years of growing orchids I still
get excited when new flowers appear.
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||How to Care For
Your First Orchid
don't need a
of attention and they're
tougher than you think. (In fact the quickest way to kill an orchid is
over doing it.) Most
actually easy to grow - if you
what to do.
First, a little
background. All orchids have two seasons; a growing season and a
blooming season. Caring for your orchid is different in each season.
If your orchid has flowers, it's in the "Blooming Season".
Should I Put My New Orchid?
If your new plant is flowering, display it wherever it looks best;
kitchen counter, dining
room table, etc. Flowers last longer in cool temps away from direct
Your plant is in its "Blooming Season" so for now you don't
need to think about all the things your
needs to grow. That's for later. For now, during the Blooming Season,
your plant has stored up
all the energy it needs to finish blooming.
Long Will My Flowers Last?
For some orchids, the Blooming Season lasts only a week, for
others, up to 2 months. It
depends on the type of orchid and how long it's been blooming before
you bought it.
Orchids do not keep blooming continuously.
So don't expect your plant to keep blooming
forever. Most orchids bloom once a year and spend the rest of
the time growing new leaves and building up the energy to
flower again (the Growing Season.)
Fading blooms that shrivel up and fall off does not mean your
plant is dying. It's simply completing its bloom cycle.
Occasionally, new orchids will drop all their flowers the moment you
bring them home. That's certainly disappointing but it doesn't mean
your plant is dying. It's had a long journey from the grower
to your house and has to endure many difficult situations along the
way. It's just having a hard time adjusting.
In this case, cut back the flower stem (way back to the base of the
plant) and start over. See A Place to Grow.
Do I Water My New
If you're new to orchids watering can be a mystery.
In nature, orchids grow on rocks and tress - not in the ground (like
houseplants). To copy nature, commercial nurseries use a wide
range of materials (bark,
moss, coconut husks,
etc.) for orchid growing. Caring for plants growing in these types of
media is much
caring for houseplants in potting soil.
Watering with these varying blends of
potting materials is tricky. What holds water .... what doesn't? Even
experienced hobbyist have trouble getting it right!
The best method for watering new plants (no matter what they're growing
in) is taking them to the sink and letting them soak overnight. When
you water you can't over do it. Just have the courage to wait until the
plant is completely dry before rewatering.
bark probably need water twice a week.
On the other hand, orchids
moss need water only once every two weeks!
Sidebar: Watering is easy with our Hydroponic System because we replace
all those mysterious potting materials.
Will My Plant Bloom Again?
That depends on what type of orchid it is. Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchids)
flower once a year, usually in late fall/early winter. Dendrobium,
Cattleya, and Oncidium bloom 1-2 times
a year. Some bloom in winter, others bloom in summer.
After the flowers fade away, your plant will begin its "Growing Season"
to build up the energy to flower again.
prepared - sooner or later you're
need to learn some basic orchid names. The
orchid kingdom has over 30,000 different plants. How do you make sense
of all those Latin names and abreviations?