Orchid Care Instructions

Orchids Direct is an excellent choice for buying an Orchid. These Orchids are easy to keep and can give you a lot pleasure for many months.

Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis Species) produce beautiful flowers on long stems, and individual flowers can last three months or more , so with a little care you can have a plant to treasure.

Where do I keep my Orchid?

Ideally the plant should be placed in a bright place out of direct sun.  A bathroom or kitchen windowsill is excellent.  Do not cover the clear growing pot because the roots need light to help the plant grow.  The pot may be stood on some gravel in a saucer which should be kept moist.

What temperature does my plant prefer?

A minimum of 18-20oC should be kept.  While they will be happy at higher temperatures up to 26oC they will only make new flowering shoots when the temperature is lower.

How do I water and feed my Orchid?

At Orchid's Direct we protect our plants so that you should get the sturdiest plant possible.  The growing medium should be kept moist but not wet, and it is very open to allow the roots to get plenty of air.  Watering should be done once or twice a week using tepid rain water if possible.  Put plenty of water into the pot and allow to drain.  Alternatively, submerge in water for a few minutes.

What do I do when the flower spike has finished flowering?

Cut the flower spike back to just above a bud, and a new flower may develop.  If you already have some new growth on the spike cut back to just above the new growth.  Other flower spikes will develop from the base of the plant.  The developing spikes look rather like new roots but they will soon start growing upwards.  These new shoots can be supported with a cane or allowed to arch over the side of the pot.

Do I have to re-pot my orchid?

Your orchid will not normally need re-potting for at least 18-24 months.  We can supply the special compost and pots needed.

Where do Phalaenopsis Orchids come from?

Moth Orchids are terrestrial, coming from the Far East living in trees.  Their fleshy roots contain chlorophyll, and in their natural habitat they absorb water and nutrients.

What can go wrong with my Orchid?

Flowers suddenly wilt on the stem - The plant has been given too much water, let the compost dry out for a few days before watering.  This can also happen if the plant has been kept too hot or cold such as in a closed conservatory or car.

Brown-yellow areas develop on the leaves - The plant has been given too much light - keep in a bright, shady place.

Leaves turn yellow - This is a natural happening for a bottom leaf to die back.  Leave it until it drops off naturally.

Sticky patches are found on the plant - This is most likely caused by scale insects or mealybugs.  Search the whole plant and wipe the pests off.  Repeat regularly until the problem has been solved.