Orchid care

Orchid care

The right type of care!

In order to being able to give your orchid the the right care, it is important to know what type of orchid you have: epiphyte or terrestrial.

  • Epiphyte orchids grow on other plants without draining nutrition. They don’t have their roots in the ground, but instead their long roots grow over trunks and branches. Cattleya, vanda, phalaensopsis and dendrobium are epiphyte orchids.
  • Terrestrial orchids are earthly and live on the ground in water. Originally it is a tropical flower, and that is also the reason why they always need water without being drenched. Earthly orchids are: cymbidium, miltonia en paphiopedilum.

Some extra care tips

  • Make sure the leaves of the orchid don’t get wet during the watering;
  • Don’t leave any water in the pot to prevent rotting;
  • Rather place the orchid behind a curtain or blinds instead of in direct sunlight;
  • Never cut away grey roots, because these are essential for your orchid;
  • At the moment the last flower falls down, you can cut off the stem diagonally. Cut it just above the bommost node of the stem to stimulate the growth of new flowers! 

How much water does an orchid need?

The amount of water depends not only on the type, but also on the kind of orchid. To enjoy your orchid as long as possible, we made a clear list below of the kinds of orchids and how much water they need.

Orchids that always need moisture (this doesn’t mean drenched):

  • Paphiopedilum
  • Miltonia
  • Cymbidium
  • Dontoglossum

Orchids that need moisture when they fully bloom, but not a lot outside of their blooming period:

  • Cattleya
  • Oncidium
  • Brassia
  • Dendrobium

Orchids that need a dry soil

  • Phalaenopsis
  • Vanda
  • Ascocenda

The best way to water your orchid is to remove them from the outermost pot, and to entirely immerse the inner pot with water which is at room temperature. Let the plant leak for half an our before placing it back in the outer pot. .