It’s easy to get confused when caring for orchids, but it’s incredibly rewarding once you learn how. Orchids are popular for their beauty, exotic appeal and high-maintenance reputation. No need to worry. Your orchids can thrive with a few tips. They may even be able to talk back. Read more now on

To begin with, let’s discuss hydration. If you overwater your orchid, it’s the equivalent of feeding a goldfish too much. Modesty is key. In general, it is enough to water once every week. What you need to do can depend on where you live and the climate. It is a good idea to water your plants only if they are dry. You can water it again if the top inch of soil is still wet.

Lighting is important. Just like your friend who can’t take direct sunlight without becoming a lobster, orchids need indirect light. It is best to use indirect, bright light. It is best to have windows facing east, which will provide morning sunlight but without the midday rays.

Controlling the temperature is essential to keeping your orchid happy. This plant enjoys consistency and thrives in environments similar to its natural habitat, which is warm with a slight hint of moisture. You should keep the temperature in your bedroom between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit at daytime, but a bit cooler than that by around 10 degrees during night. This is vital as it replicates the natural temperature drop that occurs between day and night in tropical zones.

Although it may seem that only meteorologists are concerned with humidity, orchids need it too. The plants thrive in humid environments. After all, they are from rainforests. You can use a humidifier, or even a tray of water to help your home feel less dry.

Fertilizer is the best way to nourish your orchid. Just like other plants, orchids also need nutrition and can benefit from regular feeds. Use a balanced fertiliser every second week. Be sure to follow all instructions so as not to over-fertilize.

The repotting process is essential to give your orchids a fresh start. You should do it every couple years or if you notice the potting media has started breaking down. It allows for the replenishment of nutrients, and gives roots enough space to develop. Select a mix that is specifically made for orchids. They usually include bark, instead of the traditional soil.

The last thing we want to discuss is pruning. Pruning can influence the growth and success of your orchid plant next year. When blooming stops, trim dead stems at eye node level (a bumpy area on stems). To encourage future growth and vibrant new flowers, prune the dead stems just above an eye node (a little bump on the stem).

You should remember that every orchid type has specific needs, based on their unique characteristics. But don’t get intimidated! Just like getting to meet a new person, you will discover all the interesting needs and characteristics of each orchid species.

This is a short course on growing orchids that will not just thrive, but flourish in your home. You can create a lush indoor garden that will make your guests wonder if they are in a tropical rainforest.