Orchids generally come from environments where dappled light is the norm. The hotter the sun, the more midday shade is required. In humid or coastal areas, more sun can be given. The required amount of light will also dictate your selection of plants.
How much sun do orchids need outside?
Generally speaking, orchids are light-hungry plants and should get 12 to 14 hours of light everyday throughout the year. Natural light always comes with heat, however, in the tropical area, the duration and intensity of natural light does not change as frequently as it does in temperate climates.
Do orchids need water everyday?
No orchid variety needs to be watered every day. In fact, overwatering can cause an orchid’s roots to rot and eventually die. Unlike many houseplants, orchids should only be watered when they begin to dry out. Watering only when they’re almost dry mimics an orchid’s natural environment.
How do I know if my orchid needs water?
- Roots that are green are getting just the right amount of water.
- Roots that are soggy and brown are getting too much water.
- Roots that are grey or white are not getting enough water.
Can I put my orchid outside in the sun?
Yes, it’s fine to put your orchids outside in summer but… – Moving your orchids outdoors to take advantage of the natural light makes sense. Summer is growing season for some types of orchids after all.
How long can I leave my orchid outside?
Phalaenopsis orchids prefer the air to have 55%-75% humidity. The more humid your climate, the longer your plant can stay outside. If you live in a dry climate and would like to take your plant outdoors, make sure you limit the time to no more than an hour.
Are orchids better inside or outside?
Orchids are outdoor plants by nature, but they can also thrive indoors. They generally prefer warm temperatures with bright, indirect sunlight, which we can recreate in our homes. In fact, in places where winters get very cold, taking orchids inside when temperatures drop is a necessity.
Should orchids be repotted?
Orchids should be repotted when new; every year or two; or when crowded roots push up and out of the pot. Spring: time for a close-up. Other than watering and occasionally fertilizing them, you probably don’t look closely at your orchids all that often when they’re not in bloom.
How do I keep my orchid blooming?
- 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.
What to do with an orchid after the flowers fall off?
After the flowers drop from the orchid you have three choices: leave the flower spike (or stem) intact, cut it back to a node, or remove it entirely. Remove the flower spike entirely by clipping it off at the base of the plant. This is definitely the route to take if the existing stem starts to turn brown or yellow.
Orchid roots growing outside of the pot! – What I do when repotting
Orchid Care for Beginners – Where should I put my Phalaenopsis Orchid in my house?
How to Grow Hardy Orchids in the Ground