Looking for something new to add to your home garden? Orchids, a flower-bearing plant, are a perfect plant for the indoors. With over 25,000 varieties in tons of colors, you’ll be sure to find one you want to plant.
#1 Decide on an orchid variety to plant
If you’re a beginner, you might want to start with planting a Phalaenopsis, otherwise known as a moth orchid. This orchid variety can easily adapt to the environment and survive in a variety of home conditions. There are about 70 species of moth orchids, in colors like purple, yellow, and white!
#2 Buy a healthy orchid
When purchasing an orchid from the store, check for pests (as you should with any plant). You should also check for signs of rotting - soft leaves, black and squishy roots, and yellow and black spots on leaves are a few major signs of a rotting orchid. Generally, healthy orchid roots are light green when dry and dark green when wet.
#3 Give your orchid air
Since orchids are aerial plants (they feed on air), they don’t thrive in containers with tightly packed soil. An orchid’s roots might suffocate if they are placed in a pot full of soil. Instead, plant your orchid in a mixture of barks, wooden charcoal, and tree fern, which will allow water to flow out of the plant and out of drainage holes. It’s best to have a decorative or double pot to catch flowing water from your plant so water can flow freely.
#4 Don’t overwater your orchid
Orchids don’t need as much water as other houseplants you might have. Typically, once a week is good enough to keep your orchids thriving, but the best way to check is using a pencil or your finger to see if the soil has dried out. The best time to water your orchids is in the early morning - put your orchid in the sink, shower the soil in some lukewarm water for 15 seconds, and let it dry out in the sink for 15 minutes. WIth orchids, it’s much more common to over water than it is to under water.
#5 Choose a place with little sunlight for your orchid
Orchids will wither if placed in direct sunlight. They only need subtle sunlight - in front of east or west facing windows is a good place for orchids, but any place with indirect sunlight works. Artificial lights are a last-resort option but will still work, as long as they aren’t too strong.
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