Secret Orchid Care Tips from a Master Orchid Grower

1. Choose the Right Orchid
Select easier varieties like Phalaenopsis.
Research the specific needs of your orchid type.
2. Perfect the Potting Mix
Use an orchid mix with bark, perlite, and sphagnum moss.
3. Potting and Repotting
Use pots with plenty of drainage holes.
Repot every 1-2 years, ideally after flowering.
4. Water Wisely
Water when the potting mix feels dry, typically once a week.
Use room-temperature rainwater, distilled water, or dechlorinated tap water.
5. Maintain Humidity and Airflow
Keep humidity levels between 50-70%.
Use humidity trays, room humidifiers, or group plants together.
Ensure good airflow with a fan to prevent fungal and bacterial issues.
6. Provide Proper Light and Temperature
Place in bright, indirect light (east or south-facing windows).
Maintain daytime temperatures between 65-75°F (18-24°C) and nighttime between 55-65°F (13-18°C).
7. Feed and Fertilize
Use a 20-20-20 orchid fertilizer diluted to half strength.
Fertilize every two weeks in spring and summer, and monthly in fall and winter.
Occasionally flush with plain water to remove built-up salts.
8. Prune and Maintain
Prune spent blooms by cutting spikes above a node or at the base if the spike turns brown.
Dust leaves with a damp cloth and check regularly for pests.
9. Manage Pests
Look out for pests like mealybugs, scale, and spider mites.
Treat with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
Isolate new plants for a few weeks to prevent pest introduction.
10. Observe and Be Patient
Monitor leaf color, root health, and flower production for signs of issues.
Be patient as orchids may take time to adjust; consistent care will yield beautiful blooms.

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