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General Orchid Care
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The Phalaenopsis can be a fun plant to care for with the right instruction and attitude. Our goal is to develop our customers’ green thumbs by creating a passion for orchid care. We aim to provide you with high quality orchids and the education to keep them healthy. This why we give a measured watering glass away with every orchid that we sell.
Proper watering is essential for maintaining a healthy orchid. Overwatering is one of the most common mistakes with orchid care. A simple timeline to follow for your watering is once a week, or once every 5-7 days. Timing your watering is key and it can change depending on many factors, including temperature and humidity. You should water your orchids according to the instructions that came with your plant. If these are missing, please submit a photo of your product to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the proper instructions. If you lose your SimpleShot, you can use a standard shot glass (1 oz) and pour 3 times. Avoid using cold water or ice cubes as this can damage the roots.
A way to check if your orchids need water is by placing your finger into the media several inches. If the media feels damp, do not water. If the media is dry, water immediately. You should observe your orchid for symptoms of improper watering and adjust accordingly.
Adding fertilizer to your water is not necessary to maintain a healthy orchid. The orchid has been grown with the proper nutrients for over a year and has established itself in its pot. Fertilizer can be very tricky and can cause more damage than good if used incorrectly.
Orchids do not require high light levels. You should place your orchid near a window and avoid dark rooms or areas they do not receive sunlight.
Take caution when placing your orchid directly on a windowsill as direct sunlight may cause “sunburns” on the plant. Your orchid should have firm leaves and proper flowering (new buds should open). You should observe your orchid for symptoms of improper light levels and adjust accordingly.
Typical home temperatures are suitable for orchids. Your orchids can survive in temperatures between 55 F and 82 F but you should avoid placing your orchid in an area that is below 65 F.
Orchids require 60% – 70% relative humidity. If you see visible symptoms of low humidity, you can try to move your orchid to a more suitable location such as a bathroom where the humidity may be higher. If you are using a wood-burning fireplace, this will also lower the relative humidity in your home and may cause damage to the orchid.
They are several common diseases that will damage your orchid. You may come across these diseases and if you do, there are several ways you can prevent fatal damage to your orchid.
Pseudomona symptoms: Brown spots on leaves that will enlarge.
Pseudomona cure: Remove the infected area with sharp scissors.
Botrytis symptoms: Brown or Green spots on flowers
Simple Botrytis cure: Remove infected flowers.
Crown Rot/Fusarium symptoms: brown/black crown (base of plant) and yellow leaves that fall from stem.
Simple Crown Rot/Fusarium cure: Very difficult to cure. Remove infected area immediately.
Orchids require new growth (leaves) in order to generate flowers. The leaves are grown in ideal climates for over a year. Once the plant is mature enough, the plants are cooled down in the greenhouse to cause the reproductive buds in the plant to elongate into stems. These stems produce a spray a flowers. Once the last flower has fallen from the plant, you can try to re-bloom the plant immediately by cutting the stem directly beneath bottom flower (attach image). The plant may develop a lateral branch that has flowers. If this works, continue to do this until it doesn’t. If this does not work, cut the stem 2” away from the base of the plant. Continue to water your orchid every week. If possible, place your orchid in a warmer location (75-80 F) for several months. After the plant has grown a new leaf, move the plant to some place cooler (65-70 F) and wait for a new stem.
It is not necessary to re-pot your plant. If you wish to re-pot your plant, we recommend buying a plastic pot size that is 1” larger than your current pot. Use a bark substrate and fill the pot around the plant with the substrate. Continue to water the same amount.