One of the most important aspects in choosing your orchid is to ensure you have a quality plant from the beginning– one that has a good, healthy root structure and foliage. When choosing an orchid, be discerning making sure your plant is free from blemishes and imperfections, signs that often indicate the plant is unhealthy.

Light
Without enough light, orchids will not thrive. Not giving orchids adequate light is the most common problem we see for orchids that do not re-bloom. We recommend you give your orchid plants good southern or eastern exposure.  While your orchid is still in full bloom, feel free to place it wherever you will enjoy it the most; however, when the orchid has bloomed out and the flowers begin to fall off, place the plant back in good southern or eastern sunlight. When plants have a lighter, somewhat yellow-greenish foliage, it is often an indicator the plant is not receiving enough light.

Air
In their natural habitat, orchids are epiphytic plants, meaning they grow on trees with their roots exposed to air and moisture. Orchids’ roots, and eventually the entire plant, will die if they do not get proper air.  The orchid potting medium we recommend is a coconut husk mixture to allow the plants’ roots to receive air and moisture at the proper levels and amounts.  For growing temperatures, orchids are usually comfortable in conditions where you are comfortable, anywhere from a 60-80 degree range, depending on the species.

Water
Without question, more orchids are killed by incorrect watering than by any other reason. Proper watering consists of two separate components; quantity and frequency. Orchids should be watered just as they dry out. There are several ways you can tell if your orchid needs water: 1) the surface of the potting mix will appear dry; 2) dry pots will feel lighter; 3) clay pots feel dry; 4) a wooden stake or skewer inserted into the potting mix will come out almost dry. If in doubt, a finger inserted into the potting mix is perhaps the best tool to determine the moisture content of the potting mix.

When orchids are watered, they should be watered generously.  Allow the plant to get enough water so that the water begins to run through the holes at the base of the plant.  Not only does this soak the potting medium but it also flushes salts that naturally accumulate.

Note: It is important that your orchid does not sit in still water as the excessive moisture often causes the roots to rot.

Fertilizer
We recommend a balanced fertilizer to use once a month such as 20x20x20.