The Secret to a Long Lasting Orchid


Orchids are beautiful and easy to grow, but you have to make sure that you’re taking care of them the right way. Keep your orchid healthy by following these tips!

Fertilize your orchid.

In order to keep your orchid alive and healthy, it’s important to fertilize the plant every two weeks. It’s also important that you use a balanced fertilizer, which means that it has high nitrogen levels and low potassium levels. The most common balanced fertilizer is 10-10-10 (N:P:K). However, if your orchid is kept in partial shade or indoors where there is no natural sunlight, then consider using an indoor houseplant fertilizer instead because they tend to have more phosphorus in them than other types of fertilizers do.

The best way to tell if your orchid needs more fertilizer is by looking at the color of its leaves: if they look dull green rather than bright green then this means that they need more nutrients from their environment in order for them not only survive but thrive as well!

Make sure your orchid has the right amount of light.

To keep your orchid alive, you need to make sure it gets the right amount of light. Orchids require a minimum of 12 hours of light per day. They also need 10,000 lux/day to be healthy, and 2,000 lux/day to flourish. A normal home lighting system will provide all the light an orchid needs if you place your plant within five feet from two lights that shine on it for eight hours a day (four hours each side).

The rule is simple: if your plant is not getting enough natural sunshine during those 12 hours, supplement with artificial lights until it reaches its minimum requirement. If you’re unsure how much natural sunlight hits your home at certain times of year and at specific times during the day, check out this handy map from NASA’s Earth Observatory!

Repotting your orchid is important.

You should repot your orchid every year in the spring. This will give the plant a fresh start for the new growing season, and it’s also an excellent opportunity to check for pests and diseases that can attack an orchid if left untreated.

To begin, remove any dead leaves and spend as little time touching them as possible (they’re very delicate). Gently tap out all soil from around your plant’s roots with a spoon or something similar (again, be careful not to bruise them). Once you’ve done this step, rinse off all old soil from around each root using warm water, then carefully place each one back into their new potting mix with both hands.

Now that we’ve covered how often to repot your orchid and how best approach this process? Let’s move on!

Don’t water too much.

Orchids are a delicate species of plants, so you should try to avoid watering them too much. It’s important not to wait too long before watering your orchid, because they are also sensitive to dryness. If you water your orchid too infrequently and it dries out, their leaves may begin to turn black and fall off. However, over-watering is also detrimental to the health of an orchid; when this happens, mold can set in within minutes if you aren’t careful!

To avoid these problems as well as others (such as root rot), make sure your ph level stays between 6 and 8 throughout the day by using distilled or rainwater instead of tap water when necessary. To ensure proper drainage while still keeping its roots moist enough that they don’t shrivel up from dehydration (which would cause them harm), don’t leave standing water in its container for more than two hours at any given time–even if this means watering twice per day instead of once every 24 hours–because this excess moisture could lead down another dangerous path: rotting due

Prune your orchids.

Prune your orchids.

Orchids are a favorite of many people because they look so elegant and beautiful. But, if you do not prune them properly, they will get too tall and wide to fit into their pots. You also want to avoid having an orchid that has become leggy with long spindly stems and leaves as this indicates your plant is undernourished or growing in an unfavourable environment. To keep your orchid healthy, prune it regularly by cutting back about one third of its growth each time you water it (once every two weeks). This will allow for new growth at the base which can be shaped into a classic vase shape potting style that creates an attractive display when placed on any table top surface where it will be appreciated by all who see it!

Keep your orchid alive for a longer period of time by following these tips!

To keep your orchid alive for a longer period of time, you should do the following.

  • Fertilize your orchid. A lot of people forget to do this, but there is no better way to ensure that your plant stays healthy than by feeding it fertilizer. Make sure you use the right amount of fertilizer at the right time. Don’t overdo it or underdo it!
  • Make sure that your plant has enough light. It’s important that each day when you water your plant, you also move it closer to a light source so that it can receive more sunlight throughout the day and night (if possible). This will help increase growth and reproduction rates as well as slow down aging processes caused by lack of exposure to prolonged exposure to UV rays from artificial light sources such as TVs and monitors used indoors during daytime hours only – not sun exposure outside!
  • Repotting is also very important; this means taking out the old soil around roots so fresh new soil can be put in place instead.”


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