How to Care for Your Orchid Flower

Overview

If your orchid plant is off to a beautiful blooming start, there are a few things gardeners can do to make sure it stays that way. Caring for orchids is simple, but it does require precision. Employ what your orchid needs at the right time, and it will reward you with new growth.

Step 1

Properly water an orchid flower. Keep soil evenly moist. Test for dry soil by inserting a sharpened pencil into the soil; it will darken if the plant has enough moisture. Water orchids in the morning with lukewarm water. Do not allow plant to stand in water.

Step 2

Feed orchids regularly for optimal growth. Apply any general 20-20-20 fertilizer. Avoid using a fertilizer that contains excessive amounts of urea. Apply 1/4 of the fertilizer once a week, rather than the full monthly dose in order to avoid over-feeding the plant. Water an orchid first before applying a fertilizer.

Step 3

Repot orchids when they grow over the edge of their container. Use terra cotta pots designed specifically for orchids. (It has a drainage hole in the bottom and slits along the side.) Replant orchids in a medium that drains fast. (This is important to help the root system remain healthy.) Consider a bark-based or peat-based medium.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Orchid pots
  • Planting medium (soil)

References

  • Orchid Basics
  • Create the Perfect Environment for your Orchids
Keywords: caring for an orchild, orchid care, orchids

About this Author

Stephanie D. Green is a freelance writer with over 10 years of experience. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and enjoys writing parenting, gardening and human interest articles. Her work has been published in lifestyle and trade publications including Draft Magazine and Savannah Magazine.