Anyone who can follow instructions and keep a philodendron alive can grow orchids. Like all plants, orchids come with a set of requirements for light, temperature range, water, humidity and nutrition.
Though all orchids are tropical plants, all tropical areas don’t provide the same amount of heat and water, which is why it’s important to determine which varieties will do best where you live.
If you’re growing orchids indoors, place plants near an east, south or west window protected from direct sun during the warmest part of the day. A bright, sunny room that can be closed off from the rest of the house is ideal.
Set pots on trays filled with gravel and water to create the humidity orchids love, but keep the trays away from electric heaters and fireplaces. Orchids need to dry out occasionally, so don’t allow them to remain wet more than four to six days between waterings. Placing sphagnum moss around pots helps to keep plants at the correct moisture level and encourage growth.
Depending on the variety, you’ll need to repot orchid plants every year or two, preferably in spring or early summer. First, remove any old or decayed potting material from the roots, and cut off any dead roots and replant in a pot large enough to hold the growing plant for two years, using only an orchid potting mix, fir bark, osmunda fiber or tree fern fiber.
Follow these simple directions and your orchids will be the envy of the neighborhood!