Orchid: How to Grow and Care for Orchids (Complete Guide)
Orchids, members of the family Orchidaceae, are an incredibly diverse group of plants with captivating characteristics. Boasting over 20,000 unique species, orchids flaunt a myriad of colors, textures, and shapes.
Healthy orchids require a delicate balance of consistent humidity levels and adequate drainage. Firstly, water your orchids by filling the pot with water, ensure the growing medium is completely submerged.
Pruning orchids is essential in their blooming cycle as it encourages the growth of a new flower spike. An important characteristic to note is that the best time to prune orchids is when the bloom is finished.
Cattleya, or the “Corsage Orchid”, is famous for large, aromatic blooms, and impressive leaves. These orchids need a growth medium that drains quickly; a mixture of fir bark and mosses is often recommended.
Boat Orchids or Cymbidiums, boast long, grass-like leaves and a tall flower spike that produces blooms that last for weeks. These types of orchids thrive in cooler conditions with good air movement and plenty of light.
The Dancing Lady Orchid, or Oncidium, is known for its distinctive dancing lady appearance which makes them popular ornamental orchids. Oncidiums like strong light but not direct sun, so east-facing windows suit them perfectly.