Orchids are becoming a very popular plant to have around. One of the biggest problems with growing them and keeping them healthy is proper watering. Orchids are pretty expensive as far as house plants go and keeping them healthy is one way to stretch those gardening dollars. These plants are sensitive to dampness and should never sit in standing water. Water as seldom as possible to keep your plant happy.
How to Water Orchids
Orchids should be watered using water that is room temperature. Using cold water can damage the plant and this should be avoided if at all possible. Orchids can be watered from the top or bottom. If watering from the top make sure that you wet the soil completely, if watering from the bottom let the plant absorb as much water as they can in 10 or 15 minutes.
You should water your orchids early in the day. By watering early in the day the soil will have dried out by the end of the day. Avoid getting the leaves of the plant wet. If the leaves do get wet wipe the excess water off the leaves as soon as you notice.
Avoid watering orchids too often. These plants do not like to be constantly wet. Let the soil dry out between watering. If you are not sure if the orchid needs water it probably does not. If the soil is even slightly damp delay the water for a few days.
How Often Should I Water My Orchid?
This is a tricky question. The amount of time that needs to pass between watering will depend on a number of factors such as, the type of soil, the time of year, and your climate. Some soils dry out faster than others and if using a soil that has the ability to hold moisture it will need to be watered less frequently. In hot and dry climates Orchids will require a more frequent watering schedule. The summer watering schedule will be more frequent than the winter watering schedule. Always err on the side of too little watering when it comes to orchids. It is much easier to kill an orchid by watering too often than not often enough.
Orchids do like humid conditions and spraying them with a spritz of water will make them happy. You can do this every few days. Another way to increase humidity is to place the pot on a plate with rocks and water in it. Don't let the base of the pot touch the water. The evaporation of the water will increase the humidity in the area immediately surrounding the orchid.
Learning how to water orchids can help to increase the lifespan of your orchid. It will also make them look more attractive. A healthy plant is always better looking than one that is not taken care of. Every house is different and you will need to do a little experimenting to determine just how much and how often your orchid should be watered.