How to Care for the Orchid Flower


The scientific name for the orchid is Orchidaceae. The orchid is an excellent flower to add to any garden because it comes in several colors and shapes. It is also readily available in all 50 states, as well as abroad. Despite their reputation of being finicky plants, orchids are not particularly hard to grow. However, they do have a few basic requirements that must be met if they are to thrive in your garden.

Step 1

Fertilize your orchid with a 20-20-20 fertilizer. You should feed your orchid once per month (or as directed on your fertilizer label).

Step 2

Water your orchid based on weather conditions. According to Beautiful Orchids, many people overwater their orchids because the orchid is considered a tropical plant. They suggest watering your orchid once every 5 to 12 days. If the weather has been dry with little rainfall, water your orchid closer to the 5 day range. If the weather has been wet and cool, water your orchid closer to the 12 day range.

Step 3

Plant your orchids in a location with at least 12 hours of sunlight each day. If you keep your orchid in a pot in your house, you must make sure it is near a window sill that gets a lot of light.

Step 4

Create an all-natural insecticide to get rid of any pests, such as the aphid, that are attacking your orchid. Mix water and dish soap in an empty spray bottle. Then squirt the solution on the pests.

Step 5

Repotting your orchid is necessary if you keep it in a container. This is because the roots continue to grow and will overtake your container. Do this once every two years, being sure to remove any visible dead roots.

Tips and Warnings

  • Not all orchid species have an aroma. If you are looking for a particular fragrance for your garden, make sure you smell the species before buying.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Dish soap
  • Spray bottle


  • American Orchid Society: More Questions Answered
  • Beautiful Orchids: Orchid Care Tips
  • Orchid Flower Care: Orchid Fertilizer
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