I had to share with you my gorgeous orchids. I am crazy for orchids, I have more than a dozen now of all varieties. And this year has been the best blooming season I’ve ever had; they just make me happy everyday! My Boyfriend, Jerry, bought me an orchid on our second date, recalling that I loved them. Yeah – he locked that down fast! And now, he even loves them. Last spring he took me to Carter and Holmes in South Carolina, and spoiled me with a bunch of exotic orchids. I’ve gotten them as I’m Sorry gifts, Valentine’s Day gifts, and Because I Love You gifts. He’s just the best and it’s the gift that keeps on giving!
Truth be told, Orchids have been some of the only house plants I’ve managed to keep alive for years and years. They are incredibly easy to care for and to get gorgeous blooms every year that will last for months! Which is why I am always shocked when friends tell me how hard they are to grow and that they kill them. I’ve inherited quite a few orphaned orchids in the last year from friends unwilling to keep them any more, and they’re blooming beautifully!
Here are my 5 Simple Secrets to Growing Amazing Orchids
Light is the key element to growing amazing orchids and getting them to bloom year after year. They like a lot of indirect light. Find a spot near a sunny window, even on the windowsill. If it’s direct light, morning light is best, but any sunny window should do.
We have a great kitchen with three huge windows that get indirect light almost all day. It’s made for a perfect place for growing amazing orchids. If they don’t get enough light, you’ll still have pretty greenery but no blooms.
Note: Make sure to keep it away from any air vents, as fluctuating temperatures – like turning your air conditioner on in the summer, will shock it and it’ll drop it’s blooms – which is so depressing! Or in reverse, the heat during the winter will dry it out and make it unhappy. I’ve learned both of these lessons the hard way.
2. Water Weekly
Orchids are seriously easy to maintain in the watering department. I soak them once a week, and I mean soak them good. If the weather has been particularly dry or we’ve been running the heat, I’ll check them after a few days. But rarely do they need more water than once a week. You want their planting medium moist and to almost dry out before you water again. But regular watering is essential to growing amazing orchids.
3. The Right Planting Medium
Orchids don’t like potting soil. You have to have the just right mix for growing amazing orchids. Luckily it’s easy to find and a bag will last you forever. I use a 50/50 mix of Sun Bulb Better Gro Orchid Moss and Sun Bulb Better Gro Special Orchid Potting Mix, which is a mix of bark, hardwood charcoal, and sponge rock. I pack it lightly around the plant and roots, but make sure it’s in there securely. If it’s too densely packed, it could maintain too much water and then you’ll rot your roots or the root won’t be able to push through it to grow.
4. An Orchid Pot
Orchids are air plants, which means their roots are going in search for air. Orchid Pots have holes through out the pot so the roots have a place to shoot out. If the roots don’t have space to grow, you won’t get flowers and it will stunt the growth of your plant. They don’t need a lot of space, but they do need somewhere to go.
My boyfriend is a talented potter, and he’s made me a bunch of gorgeous little orchid pots!! Which has made growing amazing orchids even more special! You can pick up cheap terra cotta orchid pots at any garden store, but they suck up a lot of water and will dry your plant out. I prefer ones that have been glazed.
The last two years, I’ve been fertilizing my orchids weekly when I water them. The difference has been incredible! I’ll get multiple flower shoots per plant and far more blooms than I ever had in the past. I prefer Miracle-Gro Orchid Plant Food Mist because it immediately soaks into the roots and leaves. Where are the ones you have to dilute into water are a pain, in my opinion.
Since we have more than a dozen orchids, watering and fertilizing was taking up some precious time, so I recently just switched to Miracle Grow Orchid Spikes that I only have to change every 2 months. Hopefully the results are still the same.
See, Orchids are easy! And now that you know these 5 Simple Secrets to Growing Amazing Orchids – your orchids will thrive too!
Orchids will tell you if they’re unhappy. If it’s not blooming but has nice leaves, it’s not getting enough light. If the leaves are turning red and have burnt spots on them, that’s too much light. If come late winter you’re not seeing root growth and new stems, it probably needs more light. But once you find that sweet spot, you’ll have a gorgeous orchid that will bloom for years and years to come!
They are also incredibly cheap to come by, quite a few of mine I bought at Trader Joe’s for less than $10 and a couple from Ikea for $3!