Orchids are tropical plants that can be found in nearly every climate across the globe. These plants are perennials that have thick leaves and showy flowers. Contrary to popular belief, orchids are fairly easy to care for because they require little care. Under proper conditions, orchids can provide you with blooms year round. There are more than 20,000 species of orchids, which makes them one of the largest flowering families with new species being discovered daily.
Water your orchids twice a week with 1 to 2 cups of water. The container that the orchid is in should allow for water to drain out the bottom. Hold the plant over a sink and allow the water to run into the sink. Keep the soil moist.
Select a sunny location for your orchids. The location should get six to eight hours of indirect light every day. In the summer you can place the orchids on a table in the shade of a tree outside. Inside you can place your orchids in a west-facing window.
Fertilize your orchid once a month with a 30-10-10 granulated fertilizer mixed at half strength. Check with your nursery to purchase a fertilizer that is made specifically for orchids.
Spritz your orchid leaves with water once a month to keep the leaves free from dust. This will help produce a healthy plant.
Repot your orchids as they grow. Orchids prefer a pot that is small to keep the roots compacted. Use a mulch mix potting soil that is for tropical flowers.