We love orchids as a hostess or holiday gift. These stunning plants can bloom for months at a time, and they will often re-bloom with proper care. Here are our top three tips on caring for your orchid.
Orchids do not need a ton of water. They have a delicate root system that can easily succumb to rot, so it’s best to water them a little less than you might think. Depending on where you’ve got it sitting, watering lightly every week or two is the perfect amount. The best way to do this is by placing 2-3 ice cubes on top of the moss to allow for a gentle drip of water over the course of a few hours.
Orchids need bright, indirect light to thrive. A spot near a south-facing window is ideal, away from any air vents or drafts. The easiest way to tell if your plant is happy is to look at the colour of the leaves. Bright green means you’ve found a great location. Dark green leaves could indicate that you need to find a little more sun, and reddish-green means the light is too bright.
Once your orchid has finished blooming, it’s time to give it a trim. Use nice clean clippers and cut the stem back to a spot just above the second node up from the plant’s base. Continue to water as you have been, keeping an eye on the colour of the leaves, and watch for new growth over the next few months.
We are here to help, so get in touch if you have any questions about caring for any of your indoor plants or fresh cut flowers!