Caring for your orchid

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Have you thought about what you’re doing for mum? Maybe making her a nice breakfast or spending time going for a walk together. I’ve gotten my mum flowers for the past few years, but after a week, they aren’t looking so great. I’ve decided to get her an orchid for Mother’s day, but caring for an orchid can be a bit tricky. I’m going to share with you my tips and learnings on how to keep your orchid healthy and flowering!

Orchids are so beautiful. You can find them in all variety’s of colours. And on top of that you can find 1 stem or 2 stem orchids, which can add to their beauty!

At the same time, they can be extremely fussy, so here’s what you need to know about orchids.

1. They like indirect light

Direct sunlight for an orchid may actually burn it. Too little light will prevent it from flowering. Orchids like indirect lights. So find a space where light doesn’t fall directly on the plant, but fills the room, so that the orchid can still be exposed. You might find a place behind a curtain or door.

2. They like warm conditions

Try to find a warmer room in the house. One that gets sunlight, but not direct sunlight.

3. They like a specific watering schedule

I’ve heard some people use the ice cube method and if that what works for you then stick to it. I’ve learned to water my orchids every 10 days. But who can remember such a specific schedule. Well, on the 2nd, 12th and 22nd of the month my orchid gets a nice soak in the sink keeping the plastic pot inside the ceramic pot is the best way to do it. Once it’s filled up with water, I leave it for 2-3 hours. You’ll see the roots swell up. Another key thing about orchids, is that they like proper drainage. So, I will then remove the plastic pot and put it directly in the sink for at least 2 hours to let all the excess water drain out!

Hopefully this has inspired you to get mum an orchid this year. And if she’s worried about how to care for it, send her these simple tips! Have a great weekend, and Happy Mother’s Day!

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