Frequently Asked Questions

1) How easy is it to take care of?

Orchids that are kept indoors need to be watered once a week, more frequently if kept outdoors. They should also be fertilized bimonthly with a weak water-soluble solution like Miracle grow or Peter's Special. If you are unable to add a water-soluble fertilizer reularly we do sell a granular slow release fertilizer found in our “Orchid Supplies” section.

2) How do I get my orchid to bloom again?

Assuming you are consistent with the watering and fertilizing the other thing to consider is the environment your plant is in. A comfortable temperature range is 60-85 degrees F. Humidity should also be about 40% or higher. A bathroom or kitchen with the appropriate lighting is ideal for an orchid to grow in. Misting or use of a humidity tray can also create humidity.

3) My leaves turned yellow, is that normal?

Yellowing of the leaves is part of the normal aging process of the plant. You should only be concerned if there are premature yellowing of leaves on a new growth. This can happen for three main reasons. 1. Cool rainy conditions will cause premature leaf loss.
2. Bug infestation (spidermites are most common).
3. Inadequate light

4) What kind of plant is right for me?

The amount of light you have in your home is a great way to determine what type of orchid plant you should purchase.
1. Phalaenopsis (Moth orchid) like low light and should be placed near an East, West or Southern facing window. Be careful not to place in direct sunlight or the leaves will burn.
2. Cattleya and Oncidium like medium to bright light close to an East, West or Southern Window. If weather permits (60-90 F) place outside in a bright area. Mid-day light should be avoided.
3. Dendrobiums like very bright light and should be placed in the brightest area in your home, or outside when weather permits (60-90 F). Place in an area similar to the Cattleya and Oncidium or brighter without burning the leaves.
If you live in a desert state or have low humidity (CA, NV, NM, UT, etc...) your plants should be left indoors year round. With adequate care and correct placement your plant should bloom every year.

5) What does in spike mean?

In spike means that there is a flower spike developing, maybe with buds, but no flowers open.

6) What does near blooming size mean?

Near blooming indicates that with proper care the plant can be expected to bloom within a year.

7) What is a seedling?

A seedling is a plant that was hybridized and germinated from a seed.

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