How to Care for an Orchid Tree

Overview

Orchid trees are praised for their beauty and delicate blooms. These medium-sized deciduous trees are actually not an orchid at all and can grow to a height of 30 feet. Usually found growing in tropical or subtropical areas, these trees can grow in full sun areas that do not drop below 22 degrees F in the winter. Orchid trees are a cousin to the red bud and bloom during the winter and spring months, which makes them a good pick for a garden that retains some color during winter.

Step 1

Plant the orchid tree in an area that receives full sun for at least eight hours per day and has well-drained soil.

Step 2

Water the orchid tree weekly or as needed afterward to keep the soil around the base of the orchid tree moist, but not soaked, at all times.

Step 3

Add a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch around the base of the orchid tree to aid in weed prevention and help store some moisture close to the roots of the tree.

Step 4

Pruning the tree is generally not necessary. However, if there are dead segments or branches of the tree, removing them with clean, sharp pruning shears is acceptable.

Step 5

Fertilize the orchid tree once per year at the beginning of spring to promote new, thicker growth during the upcoming growing season. Use a tree and shrub fertilizer for best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss
  • Spade
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • Sharp pruning shears

References

  • Corpus Christi Caller: Orchid Tree Beautiful, Requires Little Care
  • TradeWinds Fruit: Orchid Tree--Bauhinia Variegata
Keywords: orchid tree care, growing orchid trees, planting orchid trees

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Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.