The beauty of orchids is known throughout the world. Their unique shape and brilliant colors lend themselves to some of the most enchanting flowers on the planet. They are certainly some of our favorites. You can check out the orchid and plant selection here at Chappell’s Florist in South Burlington.
While we certainly wouldn’t have any issue dedicating an entire blog to just waxing poetic about the timeless beauty of orchids, we thought it might be a bit more practical to also discuss some of the important considerations for taking care of orchids. In today’s blog, we will take a look at exactly that. We will focus on indoor orchid care, as there are some tricky considerations to keep in mind.
As always, contact Chappell’s Florist in South Burlington for any and all of your flower-related questions! We are here to help. In the meantime, let’s take a look at some tips and tricks for maintaining orchid plants.
Orchids are some of the most popular flowers in homes. Part of the reason for this is, of course, their stylish charm and wide range of colors and sizes. Their diversity makes it easy to find the perfect orchid for your personal aesthetic and home arrangement. But another reason for their popularity is that they are reasonably easy to grow and manage.
Orchids are low-maintenance plants, all things considered. Once they’ve met their basic needs of sunlight, moisture, and temperatures, then they tend to hold up pretty well on their own. They’re not persnickety (which we think should be the name of a flower, but it’s not). They can grow just fine in a diverse range of soils or growing media. Mostly what they need is moist but well-draining conditions. Speaking of which…
As your trusted florist in South Burlington, we want to make sure we provide the best tips and tricks for growing and maintaining the plants and flowers in your home. Our best tip for keeping your orchids healthy? Make sure to maintain the right balance of watering and draining! This is not unique to orchids, of course. It might seem like common sense, but overwatering and underwatering are the two most common reasons for the premature demise of our houseplants.
Overwatering might occur for the right reasons (you don’t want that poor plant to dehydrate, after all!), but it is equally harmful as underwatering. They will both result in the death of your orchid. Poke your finger about an inch into the growing media and see if it’s dry. Be sure to water your orchid only if it’s dry. If you still feel moisture, then drop the watering can and walk away!
Another important consideration for your orchid is humidity. A reasonable humidity for an orchid plant is between 50% to 60%. You don’t want to go above 70% humidity. There are ways to adjust the humidity of the area around your orchid plant, including humidifiers and dehumidifiers.
Orchids can last for quite a long time when they are properly taken care of. That’s part of their appeal! Some quick tips to keep in mind:
- Be on the lookout for pests
- Fertilize on occasion
- Repot every other year
- Pay attention to how much light it’s getting
With these tips in mind, you should be well-equipped to help your orchid plant live a long and healthy life! Of course, sometimes things can go wrong even with proper maintenance. Talk to the experts at Chappell’s Florist in South Burlington for more information. In the meantime, don’t forget to stop and smell the orchids!