Phalaenopsis Orchid Care

by Kevin
White and Purple Phalaenopsis Orchid

In recent years, I’ve become somewhat obsessed with orchids. That started with just buying & replacing them when the blooms were spent. Now, I’m finally able to get them to re-bloom and flourish! Here’s my crash course on how I do it!

So let’s start with the most common problem people have with orchids. Water. Orchids, like all living things, need water to survive. They love humidity, and they need to be watered, BUT there is a caveat. They HATE to be wet. In the orchid world, specifically what is said is “orchids hate to have their feet wet” meaning if their roots are in constant contact with moisture, they will rot! The issue here is that when that happens, they exhibit signs of dehydration. Limp, soft leaves, yellow leaves, etc. This leads to people giving them more water, killing them even faster.

So here are the key take-aways…

What NOT to do:

  • Do NOT overwater

What TO do:

  • Water when potting mix is DRY. 
  • Fertilize (weakly, weekly)
  • Plenty of filtered sun

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