It is important to know what type of orchid you want before you start planting for one. There are three main categories to consider when choosing an orchid: house owners, garden owners, and those who want to send it out as a gift. House owners should consider the light, water, temperature, and humidity. Garden owners should focus on the following factors: light and watering frequency. Those who want to send it out as a gift should think about how easy it is to care for the plant and how much time they can dedicate to caring for it. Orchids are the most beautiful plants in the world, however, there are several things that you need to know about how to care for an orchid.
1. Potting soil
Orchids need an appropriate potting substrate for their roots. Ensure the pot has drainage holes in the bottom and that it is the right size for your orchid to let the excess water drains completely.
2. Level of humidity
Place the orchid pot in a humidity area. The plant may become susceptible to rot if too much moisture or lack of air movement. Moderate temperatures with a little air circulation allow your plants to grow bigger, bloom beautifully.
3. Place in an indirect sunlight area
This is because direct sunlight will burn the leaves and plants. Place your orchids behind the curtains or shady areas to prevent burning.
4. Avoid overwatering
Water your orchid based on how wet the soil feels. Tips to test the soil's moisture: put a few fingers into the soil, if you feel moisture, you may stop watering again.
5. Repot a new medium after the flowers bloom
You will need to fertilise and prune your orchids to keep them healthy. Therefore, you may repot the plants in a new growing medium after the flowers bloom to provide them new nutrients.
6. Types of soil
It’s suggested to use moss-based or bark-based potting mix for orchids. The moss-based potting mix retains more water while the bark-based potting mix allows the water to drain quickly.