A lot of people consider orchids to be delicate plants which flower once and have to then be thrown away. Very few succeed in getting and orchid to flower again once they have brought it home and it really isn’t that difficult. Fortunately, trying too hard to keep your orchid alive may very well be what is causing it to die off and this can easily be rectified. Orchids, despite their delicate appearance, do not require a lot of attention or care and in the wild are actually quite hardy plants. Here are some tips to keep your orchid alive and flowering for years to come.

Pick a Hardy Type of Orchid

Orchids come in thousands of varieties with some much more hardy than others. To maximize your chance of success, choose one which fits in with your home’s climate and light conditions. Some examples of varieties which do well indoors are phalaenopsis,¬†oncidiums and paphiopedilums.

Lots of Indirect Light

Orchids need lots of light, but not direct sunlight. Place them in a light room, out of direct sunlight and away from any drafts.

Provide Proper Drainage For Your Orchids

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Orchid Roots by Apium

In the wild, orchids typically grow on tree’s, rocks and amongst other plants. They do not do well when they are planted in potting soil or in closed up pots. They need good drainage in a rough medium like bark chips and pebbles. Allow the roots to almost dry out a little bit between watering so that they are not continuously wet.

Give Them Food

Use a liquid fertiliser mixed with water every third or fourth time you water your orchid to keep them healthy and flowering.

Have you managed to keep an orchid alive in your home for a length of time? Let us know your tips and tricks in the comments section below.

Cover Image: Orchid by Brett Levin. All images used under CC BY 2.0