Phaelonopsis orchids are beautiful houseplants. They have some of the most beautiful blooms, but how do you keep them alive year after year?
This is a beginners guide for everything you need to know to care for your orchids so they thrive every year!
How to water an Orchid Plant
In the spring and summer, water your orchid twice a week. In the winter, water your orchid once a week.
I like to water orchids like succulents. Submerge the pot in 3 inches of warm water (more if your pot is larger) and let it soak for a good 10 minutes. Then, drain the water and let your orchid drain any excess water.
Never use ice! Orchids are tropical plants, so this can shock the plant.
Orchid roots will turn gray if they need more water. They will look black from root rot if they are getting too much water.
Orchid Sunlight Needs
Orchids thrive in indirect sunlight. Exposing them to direct sunlight though can quickly kill your plant.
Orchids can tell you a lot by their leaves. Yellow leaves mean they are getting too much sun! So move them.
Bright green leaves mean they are getting the right amount of sun.
Do I need to fertilize my orchid?
Yes! Orchids will bloom much more often if you keep it fertilized.
In the spring and summer, try to fertilize them once every 2 weeks. In the winter, you can cut back to once a month.
We like this orchid food mist from the Grow Co. Just spray it on the planting medium when it's time to fertilize.
Another option is to use some banana peel fertilizer when you are watering.
How to prune orchids?
Another important thing for orchid beginners is to make sure you are pruning. Cut back any flowers starting to wilt.
Once your orchid has finished blooming, you can cut about an inch above the node of the main stem. The node will look like a raised bump almost like a smooth thorn.
If the stem is looking unhealthy or starting to turn brown, you may need to prune more drastically down to the base of the stem. Don't worry, this won't kill your orchid.
It just puts all the plant's energy into developing stronger roots and leaves. Next season, it will grow back.