Growing Orchids

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Carson City/Storey County Extension Educator JoAnne Skelly offers the following tips, taken from her article “Growing Orchids,” to new orchid growers:

  • Phalaenopsis is a good first-time orchid for novice orchid growers.
  • This orchid should receive moderate indirect light and should be placed away from dry drafts.
  • Acceptable temperatures for the phalaenopsis range from 56-95 degrees Farenheit.
  • The watering schedule for this orchid depends on the season:
  • In the summer, water 2-3 times per week.
  • In the winter, water 1-2 times per week.
  • If the phalaenopsis is planted in moss, the recommended watering schedule is every 7-10 days.
  • Skelly recommends watering this orchid from the bottom.
  • During the growing season, remember to fertilize the phalaenopsis every other watering.