Learn how to care for an Orchid!
The name "Orchid" comes from the Greek word orkhis and was created by an ancient Greek botanist named Theophrastos. The orchid family (Orchidaceae) can be found in almost every habitat besides glaciers, but the most diverse types of Orchids can be found in the tropics. They are known for their bright, blooming flowers. Some Orchids have single flowers while others have multiple, and there are about 25,000 different species around the world.
Thrives in bright, indirect light, but can tolerate medium, indirect light. Not suited to withstand direct sunlight.
There are three different watering methods for Orchids that can be used as long as watering is only done when the soil is dry, around every one to two weeks depending on the light levels provided. The methods are:
1. Placing 2-3 ice cubes in the soil
2. Placing the plant under running water for a few minutes, allowing excess water to drain.
3. Soak plant in water for 30 minutes to one hour (just the soil, not the foliage).
Orchids do not like dry air, so be sure to keep humidity around the plant anywhere from 50-70%. During the fall or winter, you can help to boost humidity with a humidifier or wet pebble tray.
Average home temperature of 65°F-75°F. They can tolerate as low as 55°F and as high as 85°F.
SYMPTOM: Drooping or wrinkling leaves
SYMPTOM: Yellowing leaves
CAUSE: Overwatered or too much sun
SYMPTOM: Leaf scorch
CAUSE: Exposure to direct sunlight or over-fertilizingQuestions? Email help@thesill
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