Orchid Care Tips

Facts and tips on caring for Orchids. Purple & white Orchids on tableOne of the largest types of  flowering plants, Orchids are beautiful and vibrant. Their various shapes,sizes and fragrance are like no other. Orchids are the perfect potted plant to keep year-round, but each Orchid is unique. Here are 5 facts you will want to know about Orchids before purchasing one today.

Types of Orchids
There are thousands of different types of Orchids species with most being found in tropical regions. Some of the most common are Cattleya Orchid, Phalaenopsis Orchid, Vanda Orchid, Miltonia Orchid, and Paphiopedilum Orchid. Each species has unique care requirements, so make sure you do your research and ask questions when deciding which one you want to bring home.

Found in mostly tropical regions, Orchids need humidity to thrive. If you want to keep your Orchid inside, planting in a complete orchid mix is recommended. Place the plant in a saucer with pebbles and water, creating a personal “humidity tray”.

Orchids stand out and are unique in every way, including the way they are watered. Depending on the species of Orchid you have, you’ll likely need to water your plant once a week or every four to five days. Running room temperature water over your plant for around 15 seconds and letting it drain completely is generally recommended. Placing a few ice cubes on the top of your orchid is another popular watering technique. Overwatering is a common mistake. Orchids should be watered just as they begin to dry out.

The color and texture of your plant’s leaves can tell you everything you need to know about the amount of light your plant is getting. If the leaves are a dark green, then your Orchid isn’t getting enough light. On the other hand, if the leaves are fragile and brown, less sun is needed. Like everything with the Orchid family, each species requires a different type of care, so some Orchids might need a lot of light while others’ needs are minimal .

Check your plant for moist black spots or crust, frail leaves, dry yellowish/brown spots, ripped leaves or petals, and white webbing within the plant. The health of your Orchid can be at risk if it shows any of these symptoms.  If there are any signs of distress in the plant, you’ll want to take extra care of your leafy friend.

With proper TLC, your orchid can provide you with years of beauty! As always, the knowledgeable nursery team at Agway can help you choose a variety that is right for you!