How To Care Orchids: General Tips

Great! I Have my Amazing, How Do I Take Care Of It Again!

This is probably one the of the most asked question when it comes to orchids. The goods news is, most orchids are a lot more robust and hardy then given credit for and with simple basic care, your orchid will be healthy and bloom over and over again.

In this section, we will go over some of the most general care tips to give quick start guide (sort of like an orchid 101).

Be sure to check out our orchid care sheet by genus for more in-depth information for specific orchid species.

Whether you are novice orchid hobbyist with a few phalaenopsis or an avid collector of rare orchid species, SunshineOrchid is the place to get all the information you need to keep your orchids growing strong and healthy. Healthy orchids grow larger, produces bigger and more numerous flowers year after year. Learning about how to properly take care of your orchids is an essential skill for all orchids grower

Orchid Care Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Water My Orchids?

Proper watering is a key component in keeping your orchid healthy and growing. However, one major mistake novices often make is overwatering. Overwatering your orchids is a sure way to stunt their growth or even kill your precious orchids. Constant wetness can cause the roots to rot which will inhibit the orchids ability to take on nutrients. It might come as a surprise but the root system needs to breathe and needs some dry time is required. With that being said, over watering is relative to the orchid species in question. In other words, a Vanda has different water requirement than a Dendrobium. If you want to learn more about the topic, check out our watering in-depth article.

What About Fertilizer, How Do I Feed My Orchids?

Orchids like all plant require nutrients to grow and thrive. For most growers, a balanced fertilizer such as 20-20-20, this ensure the plants get all the macro and micronutrient needed. In general fertilizing weekly at 125 PPM  during the active growth period is a good start and you generally cannot go wrong with that method. However just like everything else orchid related, it's relative and if you want to learn more about the subject, check out this article on Orchid Fertilizer.