Water your orchidwith ice cubesfor the perfect amount of hydration.
Just add 3-4 ice cubes (per plant) on the surface of the potting media once a week. The ice cube melts slowly and gives the orchid a slow drip of hydration, so that it doesn’t drown it. If you see multiple stems coming from the same plant, three ice cubes are enough. But if you have more than one plant in a pot, you’ll want to give each plant its very own serving of three cubes each. Empty any excess water remaining in decorative pots - those without drainage. If your plant is potted in this type of pot, just add ice cubes and check the moisture level of the potting media again in about a week. If you’re unsure, wait a day or two for watering.
In general, if you’re comfortable your orchid is comfortable.
72˚F -80˚F during the day and 58˚F -65˚F at night is fine. Don’t place your orchid near a heater vent or in an excessively drafty spot. Orchids come from all types of climates and most will adjust to moderate temperatures. Most of times, orchid plants last for a month or two; sometimes even longer when the environment meets perfect for a plant. However, in general, please expect shorter life during the summer.
Odontoglossum/Oncidium intergenerics are a large group of cool growing South American Orchids.Many sizes, colors and shapes of long lasting exotic flowers.
LIGHT: Bright filtered light. No direct sun.
FEED: Twice a month with half strength balanced liquid feed.
WATER: Keep evenly moist.
TEMPERATURE: Keep between 60 F and 80 F
MILTONIAS are cool growing South American orchids that produce large, beautiful, brightly colored flowers that resemble a pansy.
LIGHT: Low to moderate filtered light.
FEED: Twice a month with quarter strength balanced liquid feed.
WATER: Keep evenly moist. Do not allow mix to become completely dry.
This handsome, glossy-leaved orchid hails from low to mid elevation regions of South America.
Of the 15 species of Zygopetalum, many are terrestrial. With multiple blooms that often in flower for 8 weeks, then make orchid's generic name is derived from the Greek term for "yoked petal", referring to the yoke-like frowth at the base of the flower lip.
LIGHT: Your Zygo enjoys the morning and afternoon sun but should be protected from hot midday sunlight. A light leaf with just a hint of yellow indicates that the plant is receiving the maximum amount of sun it can take; a dark green leaf indicates that it needs more sunlight.
WATER: Watering of Zygo is a delicate balancing act. They shouldn't be allowed to go dry, yet they don't care for a soggy environment either. Watering once every seven to ten days is about right. As with everything else, special consideration must be given for the drying effects of varying ambient air temperature and humidity.
TEMPERATURE: Zygo orchids will tolerate considerable summer heat as long as they have mild nighttime temperatures between 50-65 degrees F. Exposure to cold temperatures (down to 28 degrees F) for few hours each night will not damage an acclimatized plant, but once the plant spikes or flowers, it should be protected from temperatures below 35 degrees F. Always keep these plants free from frost.
Dendrobiums are warm growing tropical orchids that produce long lasting sprays of exotic blooms from the apex of the canes. Can get very large with time.
LIGHT: Very bright filtered light. Early morning and late afternoon direct light ok.
FEED: Full strength balanced liquid feed every other watering.
WATER: Allow mix to get almost completely dry between watering, then water thoroughly.
Nobile Type Dendrobiums are winter blooming orchids that produce clusterd of beautiful, long lasting flowers opposite each leaf along the lengths of the canes.
LIGHT: Very bright filtered light. No direct sun.
FEED: Weekly with half strength balanced liquid feed when growing. Stop feeding in Fall when canes mature to induce flowering.
WATER: Allow mix to get somewhat dry between waterings, then water throughly.
TEMPERATURE: 80-85 Day, 60-65 Night. Reduce night tempt to 55 or less in Fall to induce flowering.
The Cymbidium orchids are ever popular, their showy flowers lasting, many weeks. They are best grown in a cool conservatory and placed out of doors in the summer. They are mostly winter and spring flowering although there are also summer and autumn varieties too. Standard varieties grow into large plants with large flowers and bulbs. Miniature or compact types will stay more manageable. A plant should be re-potted in the spring after flowering when it has outgrown its pot, about every 2-3 years.
LIGHT: Keep shaded from bright, direct summer sun as this can scorch the leaves. Give as much light as possible during the dull winter months.
WATERING: Keep the free-draining bark compost moist with more frequent watering in the spring and summer, the main growing season. When watering the plant, remove it from and cover pot or saucer, pour water through the pot and then let it drain before placing it back in a decorative planter. Never let the pot stand in water. Allow the compost to dry out slightly and the pot to become lighter before watering again. Add a little orchid fertilizer to the water once every 2 or 3 waterings (approx. every 10-14 days) from March to September.
TEMPERATURE: Cymbidiums need a minimum of 45 degree F in inter to give them a sufficient change in conditions from the warmer summer, when maximum of 85 degree F