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Proper Orchid Care in 6 Steps

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For hundreds of years, people all over the world have enjoyed the fine art of orchid care. Caring for orchids, some of the most intricately beautiful and extraordinary plants known, is a highly rewarded venture. Many people think that orchid care is something they could never attempt. Not so! Orchid care doesn’t require that you have a special green thumb. All you need is a little commitment and the right attitude. We like to explain orchid care in six basic steps, which can be generally applied to nearly all species, including Cattleya Orchids, Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, Lady Slippers, and more!

Bright Light

Orchids need bright light, but should be kept out of direct sunlight. Find a place in your home where there’s plenty of sunshine, but nothing too intense.

Air Movement

Orchids don’t do well in a stagnant air environment. Make sure air is circulating around the plant. Placing your orchid in a well-trafficked room of the house should do the trick! Otherwise, a small oscillating fan or ceiling fan on low will work.

Regular Watering

This is the big one when it comes to orchid care! Water only once or twice a week, and make sure it drains. You want the growing medium moist – not swimming in water! The orchid should dry out most of the way before watering again.


Orchids need fertilizer as they grow. Generally a balanced all-purpose plant food twice a month will suffice. Ask us about fertilizer recommendations if you don’t have a favorite.


Orchids don’t do well in dry climates. If you live in a drier region (or have dry air in the house) we recommend a humidifier.


Lastly, keep your orchid between 65 ºF and 85 ºF during the day, allowing the temperature to drop a little at night.

Questions or comments about orchid care? Leave them in the comments section below!