Caring For Orchids

A Beginners Guide To Three Different Varieties

Are you interested in growing orchids?  If so, then there are certain things you need to know in order to grow them successfully.  Caring for orchids can be a bit tricky if you don’t know the first thing about them.  Here is what you need to know on how to care for orchids in order to grow three different varieties of orchids successfully.


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Phalaenopsis Orchid

The Phalaenopsis orchid is a great orchid for beginners and is very popular.  You can grow this orchid inside or outside.  You need to pot it in bark or sphagnum moss and water it once or twice each week; more often in hot weather.  Your pot needs to have good drainage holes in the bottom so the water can drain out easily.

Make sure you don’t place it in direct sunlight.  In fact, a mixture of shade and sun is best for this variety of orchid.  And if you’re growing it outside, it’s a good idea to place it on a stand so the pot isn’t sitting directly on the ground.

The Phalaenopsis orchid can bloom for two to three months of the year and has very pretty flowers.

Oncidium Orchid

The Oncidium orchid is a very popular choice for an indoor orchid.  This orchid can handle strong, direct sunlight and warm weather.  If you live in a cold region, you may have to keep it in a greenhouse so it can thrive.

Caring for orchids guidelines indicate that this species needs a lot of water, so make sure you water it every second day.  If the weather is really hot and the orchid looks dried out, then water it more often.

When its leaves are brown, it means flowers are on the way!   It also means it needs even more water for maximum blooms.

A popular variety of the Oncidium orchid is the chocolate orchid, so named because it smells like cocoa beans!

Cattleya Orchids

Cattleya orchids are the famous ‘corsage orchids’.  They’re fragrant and come in a variety of colors, such as orange, white and pink.  These orchids can tolerate direct heat but need watering twice per week; more often in hot weather.

You can repot Cattleya orchids every two to three years and they love a regular, weak water soluble fertilizer solution misted on them.

When you’re caring for orchids, it’s important to note the key factors they all have in common.  They need regular watering, ideally with rain water or pure water, whether it’s once per week or every second day.  They also need sunlight; again it depends on the variety of orchid as to how much light they can tolerate.  And a weak solution of water soluble fertilizer applied once or twice per month can help them thrive.

So if you want to grow a different kind of flower, why not try caring for orchids?


To help you with everything you may want to know about caring for your orchids, I recommend the following publication which is an eBook that can downloaded, it is currently available at a discounted price and it is supported by a full money back guarantee.

Expert Home Orchid Care Guide




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