Orchids are some of the most beautiful flowers in the world, but they’re also one of the most finicky flowers. as in they require very specific and attentive care. Orchids needs the right type of soil, the right amount of sun, and just the perfect amount of water. Today we’ll show you how to water orchids correctly, how MUCH water to give them, and WHEN to water them. Watering orchids can seem complicated at first since they’re so high maintenance, but these steps will make it super easy to understand and you’ll have beautiful, thriving orchids in no time!
Watering Orchids the Right Way
#1. Water Only in The Morning
The best and only time you should water orchids is in the morning. This is so that the plant has the rest of the day to soak up the water as well as the sun, and before the soil gets too warm.
#2. Watering Frequency
The rule of thumb for orchids is to water once a week in the winter and twice a week in the summer. Because summers are warmer, your plant will need more water, just like you!
#3. Smaller Potted Orchids Vs. Larger Potted Orchids
Orchids in smaller pots will generally need more water than those in larger pots. This is because smaller pots don’t have the room to retain that much water.
#4. The Pencil Trick
Since orchids can easily be overwatered and in turn dye, do this pencil trick BEFORE watering. Stick the pencil into the soil, and if the pencil is moist, your plant does NOT need any more water!
#5. Use Rainwater if Possible
Rainwater is full of organic materials that your orchid will love, so if possible, use rainwater instead of tap water, which can sometimes contain chemicals.
#6. Use Only Room Temperature Water
Never water your orchids with very cold or warm water – room temperature is what they prefer! Giving them really cold water could shock the roots which in turn will cause them to wilt and dye.
#7. Never Water the Leaves
Always water directly onto the soil, and never the leaves. If you do so by accident, simply wipe the leaf down.
#8. Keep the Flowers Dry
Occasionally check the flowers to make sure that they’re not wet from watering. If they are wet, wipe them down.
#9. If It’s Yellow, Let it Mellow!
If you see your orchid plant turning yellow, it means you’ve over watered it. To get it back to its healthy self, simply stop watering for a few weeks.
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