How do I make my orchids happy?
5 Ways to Keep Your Orchid Alive
- Let there be (bright, indirect) light! An east-facing window that gets morning light is ideal.
- Not too hot, not too cold. Phalaelnopsis are happy in the same temps we are: above 60º at night and between 70º and 80º during the day.
- Cut spent blooms.
- Remember food and water.
- Repot on occasion.
How do you know if your orchid is happy?
Signs of Healthy Orchids
- Orchid leaves are thick and rubbery.
- Leaves are uniformly green, and not mottled.
- Colors in the blooms are robust.
- Aerial roots are white and have green shiny tips. Longer green tips indicate better health.
- Potting mix is barely moist, and not bone dry or soaking wet.
How do I keep my orchid blooming?
To prolong the flowering time, keep the blooming plant in a cool, bright room out of direct sunlight. Once the last flower drops off the flower spike, follow the tip of the stem back to the stump of the lower-most flower. Then continue to follow the stem down to the second inverted V-shaped node beneath that stump.
How often should I water an orchid?
How often you water an orchid depends on the species and the environment they’re kept in, but, on average, most orchids can be watered once a week to every 10 days. Just be careful not to oversaturate them. “In general, orchid plants need much less water than the average consumer would think.
Why is my orchid not happy?
Either the plant has simply not been provided with enough water or it has been over-watered and the roots have rotted leaving no way for the orchid to absorb the proper amount of moisture. The roots have turned from white/thick/greyish green to shriveled.
What is my orchid telling me?
Root and Leaf Health Taking a look at your orchid’s roots is an easy way to tell how healthy it is. Healthy roots are a vibrant green. Grayish/white roots mean your orchid may need more water. Brown or mushy roots mean you likely have overwatered.
Why do orchids drop their flowers?
In most cases, this is a normal part of the Phalaenopsis orchid lifecycle. The fallen blooms merely signal that your orchid has reached the end of its blooming cycle and it’s now storing up energy to rebloom.