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How to Water Orchids:

Create Artificial Humidity


Orchids have quickly become a favorite among houseplants due to their gorgeous blooms and their variety in species, colors and sizes. Like any other plant, orchids require the correct growing conditions in order to thrive. Part of offering your orchid the right growing conditions is giving them the right amount of water. Since the amount of water required for your plant can vary between different species of orchids, it is important to research your particularly plant. But, it is helpful to understand orchids in general and where they come from.


Orchid plants are typically found in tropical areas of the globe. The areas where many orchid plants are found receive a tremendous amount of rain. It can also be very humid in their native habitats. In fact, the ideal humidity level for most orchid plants is 80%. Considering that a room that is kept at 80% humidity would be extremely uncomfortable for most human beings, you need to find other strategies in order to keep your orchids happy and healthy.



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An easy way to humidify your orchids is to provide them with a constant supply of water. Orchid owners can purchase a deep saucer and some pebbles. You should pour the pebbles into the saucer… set your orchid pot on top of the pebbles within the saucer and then water the pebbles. You should make sure that the water never touches the actual orchid pot. By doing this you are able to set up an artificial high-humidity climate around your orchids.


One of the biggest mistakes the people make when caring for their orchids is over watering them. Generally it is assumed by some owners that when the potting soil looks dry, the plant needs to be watered. This is not true especially when it comes to orchids. Although the potting bark may appear dry, the bark itself holds moisture. The rule of thumb is to water your orchid plant once a week or once every other week; sparingly.


When growing an orchid plant in your home, you should let the potting bark dry out completely before watering them. Some species of orchids grow on the trunks and branches of trees. In their native habitats it is normal for their roots to dry out before being given water again.


Orchid plants also need to be fertilized but sparingly with this too. You can buy orchid fertilizer at most garden shops within your area. Creating a good routine for watering and fertilizing your plant is an excellent way to guarantee that you will be able to enjoy these exotic plants for a long time.


Orchids will thrive in your home environment if they are given the proper care including the right amount of potting bark, the right amount of water, the proper amount of sunlight and if they are fertilized occasionally. Although they are quite beautiful, they can also be temperamental. But by understanding how to care for them properly, orchids are not that complicated and you can grow these exotic and beautiful plants.



 Esther Smith, author

Overwatering plants is not unusual and the old saying certainly goes here too that more orchids die from over watering and under watering. But if we desire something long and hard enough, we should be willing to do some reading on the subject and embrace this ownership with open arms. Orchids are quite beautiful, maybe you would like to learn more about them from us here at our website=>