Care of Orchids

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Care for Phalaenopsis & Novelty Orchids

It’s a myth that Phalaenopsis orchids are hard to grow. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to care for these so-called delicate plants. Just follow these simple guidelines and wow your neighbors with your green thumb.


The moss acts like a sponge and will absorb the water. Plants should be watered about every 2 weeks, with 1/4 to 1/2 cup water. The moss will absorb this amount with little or no run through.

Rule of thumb:
If the moss is wet – do not water.
If the moss is slightly moist – slowly add 1/4 cup water
If the moss is dry – slowly add 1/4 to 1/2 cup water

Never allow plant to stand in water or allow water to accumulate in the crown of the plant to avoid disease.

Fertilize using a complete fertilizer, such as Grow More 20-10-20. Mix at a rate of 1/2 teaspoon per gallon. Try keeping a container of food, premixed. Fertilize on a regular basis about every other watering during the summer months and every third watering during the winter months.

Plants grow best near bright windows, with no direct sunlight. Most ideal is an east facing window, or a shaded south or west exposure. Temperatures should range between 70 to 85 degrees F during the day and be above 60 degrees F at night. Generally, if you’re comfortable, then the plant is comfortable also. When the plant is in bloom, it is fine to display in a prominent spot with indirect light.

If needed, provide good humidity by placing the plant on a bed of small rocks, filled with water. The leaves, (not the flowers) can also be misted. Provide some air movement if possible.

After the flowers fade, cut the spike just above the third node from the base, and a flowering offshoot may reform in about 2 months.

Repot in the milder months of spring or early summer after blooming season, using an orchid bark mix. Select the pot size according to the root mass, not the top size.

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