The Q&A Archives: Orchid Care

Question: I received a beautiful white orchid plant as a gift. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to care for it. I live in an apartment with lots of light. How much light does it need? How much water? Does it need plant food? What do I do when the blooms start to die? How long before it blooms again? As you can see, I really don't know anything about orchids. Please help!

Answer: Orchids are some of the most popular and rewarding houseplants! There are many, many kinds, each with different requirements, but here are some general care tips for orchids: They like daytime temperatures of about 70F degrees in the summer, 60F in the winter, and a drop of ten degrees at night. Cool nights are important. Give them bright light, 10-15 hours each day. Supplement with artificial light in the winter time. Keep the potting medium moist, but reduce the frequency of watering during the winter months. Mist the leaves occasionally. Keep them out of drafts and shade them from direct sunshine. Enjoy your new orchid!

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