Orchids

What’s the easiest Orchid to start out with?
  • Phalaenopsis or Moth Orchid doesn’t require any direct sunlight therefore, bright light from an east window, for instance, is perfect
  • Their floating flowers come in a wide array of colours on a long, arching branch
  • Blooms, up to 15 cm (6”) across, open in succession from bottom to tip and each lasts for 2 months or more
  • Foliage is thick, leathery, dark green, and strap-like
  • Phalaenopsis don’t store moisture in a pseudobulb so they should never be allowed to dry out completely
  • Always feel surface before watering and wait if cool and damp
  • Average indoor temperatures of 16-30°C (60-85°F) are fine and try to maintain a 50% humidity level
  • Fertilize with Schultz Water Soluble Orchid Food 19-31-17 while plant is flowering and growing
  • If mature plants fail to bloom, give them 2 months with 10°C (50°F) night temperature in fall
  • Re-pot every 2-3 years
Are Cymbidium Orchids hard to grow?
  • Like all plants, they grow and flower best when a couple of requirements are met
  • From March to October, water plants copiously and at other times potting medium can be kept barely moist but never allow to dry out
  • They like a lot of light in summer and early fall but prefer cool evening temperatures of 16°C (60°F) during this time
  • To encourage flowering, provide a cool period at 13-16°C (55-61°F) for 4-6 weeks in late fall
  • Fertilize every 2 weeks from January-July and about once a month August-December
  • Re-pot only when there’s no room for pseudobulbs to expand
I always hear about providing Orchids with high humidity but I seem to forget to mist them often enough. Any suggestions?
  • You can sit the Orchid on gravel (available in small bags of white marble chips or red crushed tile) placed in a saucer that is kept moist at all times by simply adding water
  • Be sure to put a cork mat under the saucer so constant dampness doesn’t stain surface below
  • There’s also a clear, plastic humidifier tray that can be used for Orchids, African Violets, Ferns, and Bonsai
  • The plant sits higher on pre-formed ridges in the centre of the tray with water below
  • Or leave the mister bottle right beside the Orchid and mist whenever you walk by
  • Never position an Orchid near a heat source in winter
     
Are ice cubes good for Orchids? and what’s the best way to water them?
  • It’s best not to put ice cubes on the orchid. Tropical plants don’t do well with cold temperatures, the orchid could experience stress related to the cold.
  • It’s best to water orchids thoroughly once every 7-10 days depending on your potting mix. Bark based mixes drain more freely and require more frequent watering, Long fiber moss doesn’t dry out as quickly and will require less frequent watering.
  • When watering your orchid, it’s best to pour 1-2 cups of room temperature water through the potting mix allowing it to fully drain before placing it back in the window.