Say the word “orchid” and more than a few images may come to mind. That’s understandable, considering there are more than 25,000 different types of orchid out there, and more than a few are considered common. Few flowers are as rewarding as orchids. Not only are they exceptionally beautiful, but they require you to build a relationship with them, to get to know their personality more than most flowers.
Here are three things you need to know about growing orchids in your home.
Some orchids can flower for up to six months, while others last only a few hours. If you’re looking for an orchid with some longevity, look no further than the Moth Orchid, which can bloom for up to six months. It’s an ideal, low-care houseplant with plenty of beauty to spare.
Dendrobium orchids are fan-favorites. Not only do they have long-lasting blooms, but they’re relatively easy to maintain in the home. Set in medium to bright light, water weekly or every other week, and fertilize monthly to keep this beauty in tip-top shape. Others to consider are: Cymbidium Orchids and Lady’s Slippers.
Orchids like a little bit of temperature fluctuation throughout the course of the day. Temperatures in the upper 70s might be ideal in the daytime, but it’s also OK to drop down to the 50s at night. In fact, this variation can even encourage an orchid to flower.
The rule of (green) thumb is to learn what you can about your particular species of orchid and treat it accordingly. And have patience—orchids are worth the wait!