Are you interested in indoor orchid plant care, I chose this topic because this is something I want to learn? I thought if I am interested in this, so maybe others are too? This will be a new experience for both of us, but after you read this article you will know more about caring for orchids indoors.
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Besides these being beautiful they are unique additions to your home, I know from the first time I saw one these found a place in my heart. Recently moving into an apartment with a big balcony window, you will find a variety of tropical plants already blooming. An exotic plant theme is my home decorating plan for my main room, so who needs a lot of furniture when you live alone? Orchids just might be my next addition, but first I need to learn how to care for them?
- Abundant Indirect Lighting
- Air Indoors Must Remain Warm
- Humidity is Another Important Factor to Know
These three factors are very important for orchids, you also want to learn about other needs such as watering and soil requirements? So how do we get started growing this new exotic plant, we will begin to learn this in the next paragraph?
Did you know all of these are not the same type, so this is the first thing we need to know? Are some easier to grow than others, and how to choose the best type for our apartment or home?
- Moth Orchid
- Slipper Orchid
- Jewel Orchid
We are going to research these three, and with any luck, one of these will be the perfect choice for us? Since we are going to be investing money and time into this new plant, we want to be sure to choose the best one to grow. I also have found a new website that sells houseplants that are very affordable, so I highly recommend you consider checking this out.
You will find short stems with broad leathery leaves, I found this very interesting they don’t require soil to survive? Does this have you curious as well, and they also have very thick roots. The majority of them are purchased planted in wood chips, and the flowers will come from the base of your plant. Despite appearing extremely delicate, they are the easiest type to plant in containers indoors.
- Average temperatures between 70-80 degrees during the day
- Nighttime temperatures approximately 60 degrees is ideal
- Keep a distance from exterior doors
- Consistent temperatures are the key to a happy and healthy plant
Now we have better ideas for where to place or not place our plant, so do you have such a spot in mind for this beautiful exotic plant?
Our next step is to understand the lighting requirement of the Moth Orchid, so here is what I found out for you? If you find this article interesting, I would appreciate it very much if you shared it with your family and friends? You will find social sharing buttons, I would be very grateful if you used them?
- East or west-facing windows will provide the perfect indirect lighting
- Never attempt to grow them in a south-facing window for this will kill your precious plant
- North-facing windows will not provide enough light, so the east and west lighting is your only choices
- Using a damp cloth remove any dust from your plant regularly, and this will avoid stunted plant growth
Even though this plant type might sound picky to grow, You can grow them with success by following this guide. The main reason many of our houseplants don’t survive is our watering routine, and believe it or not, most of the time we are overwatering them instead of underwatering?
Important Water Tips
Lighting for these plants is a serious factor for sure, but watering properly is the most important tip for us to know? That is what our next guide will be about, so read each of these carefully.
- Regular watering during their growing season
- A light misting during the warmer summer months
- Allow the top inch to dry out between watering
- Orchid mix or bark is recommended for container plants
- Never allow the root systems to dry out completely
- The most important thing is not to overwater your plant
This might be very useful for some of you reading this article, I recently purchased a moisture meter that tells you the consistency of your plant’s soil, you can purchase one of these for approximately $10.00 or less. I have really been amazed how long between watering I really should have been doing, and my plants all are blooming and looking healthier due to this small investment.
Feeding Moth Orchids
Many people often lack providing nutrients to their houseplants, so we overwater and under-feed them seems to be normal? I thought this is something important to share with caring for this orchid, so here are some feeding tips below.
- Feed your plant 3 weeks regularly skipping the fourth week
- On the fourth provide only water, and this will flush out any build-up salt from feeding
Feeding your plant is pretty simple to understand, you might want to purchase a notepad from a dollar store to keep track? The time does go by very quickly, so this I find is a good method to be careful feeding my own plants. Now you know the basic guide to growing the Moth Orchid, and this is one of the easiest types for many people to grow.
Lady Slipper Orchid
The slipper orchid often is referred to as the Lady Slipper, and sometimes even as the Venus Slipper? If you are shopping for this type remember those two names, but now let us see how this one compares to the Moth Orchid?
- The flower contains a pouch that has given its nicknames
- Far east exotic plant
- Grows naturally on the ground, and as well on plants and trees
- Plenty of moisture and shade are keys to remember
Sounds like an entirely different plant than the Moth Orchid, so let us learn about how to care for this one? Possibly this will be even a better choice for your home, and maybe not?
Remember the other orchid needed bright indirect light, but this one sounds to prefer less light from the description above? Are you anxious to learn more about this type, so am I, so let us not waste any more time?
- Tolerated low-light conditions
- Even too much indirect sunlight can burn this plant
- Avoid north-facing windows
- Keep this one farther from windows
- Brown leaves are a sign your plant is receiving too much light
Pretty much the opposite of the first type we learned about, but actually, this might be a better choice if your home receives less sunlight? It grows in the tropicals under trees and taller plants, so by copying these conditions, you will experience success? I am interested in some low-light plants for my apartment, now I am thinking this might be something for me to consider?
I am wondering about the temperature for the slipper orchid, and maybe this has crossed your mind also? That is what I am going to research for you next, so are you learning from my article about these beautiful tropical plants?
- Regular temperature day and night between 65 and 85 degrees
- Cooler climate plants can get by between 50 and 80 degrees
- Plain green leaves your plant comes from a cooler climate
- Mottled leaves your plant comes from a warmer climate
You will want to choose the type according to your climate for the most success, but you can adjust your thermostat indoors to accommodate the climate the orchid you pick prefers? Considering this can maybe be important to some of you, so this is something to think about when shopping for the slipper orchid?
Being these are topical plants we know they thrive with humidity conditions, but what are the exact humidity needs is something we really need to understand?
- Year-round humidity between 40-50 percent is what you want to aim for
- This is also the preferred humidity of most people
- Using a humidity tray is an easy way to increase the humidity
- Too humid invest in a dehumidifier
My tropical plants I just lightly mist, and this seems to work fine for my apartment? You might be fine without either of these products, I would try adjusting my thermostat before spending any money?
Slipper Orchid Watering
I stress you either bookmark this article or even print it out, you might be needing this guide in the future and wish you had this information later? Now for the watering for this particular type, I am curious how different it might be compared to the other orchid we learned about?
- Regular moisture is a must for your plant to be healthy
- Watering more often is normal during the summer months
- Aim for moist soil mix without being damp
- Again, you can achieve this easily with a moisture meter for plants
- Watering approximately once per week is recommended without a moisture meter
- Misting the roots periodically to prevent them from drying out is an option
- Overwatering must be avoided at all times
Using a special orchid mix is recommended, you can find these at many stores that sell gardening supplies. Walmart near me sells this mix, but you need to purchase it during the summer before they start putting the Christmas products out. Garden centers are another good choice. Many times if I run out of the potting mix, I will need to order it online for my bonsai trees.
The Jewel Orchid is our last type to discuss today, you will find this type in the rain forests. These are a good choice to grow as houseplants, you are even able to propagate with a piece of rhizome planted in African Violet soil mix.
- Prefers shade instead of sunny locations
- Grows in the rainforest soil
- Its velvety leaves are its best feature compared to its flowers
- The easiest and simplest orchid to grow
- You will find if you can grow Begonias, you will be able to grow this as well
- White pale flowers during the winter months
- Avoid a lot of natural light for the most success
This sounds to be a good choice for me being a beginner, so this one just might move to the top of my list? It is not really complicated to grow, you do want to be careful about how much natural lighting it receives. African Violet soil mix is recommended for the best results, I do have a few more other tips I did find.
Not Your Ordinary Orchid
One thing that is obvious this type is nothing like the other two, you are growing almost a new species it seems? Here are a few more tips for growing the Jewel Orchid, now you will need to decide which of these will fit the best for your home?
- Violet mix soil provides the most beautiful plants
- Unlike the others, this type requires a soil mix
- Regular temperatures are required
- Above-average humidity is ideal
- The best place to grow this one is in your bathroom
- Steamy air and fluorescent lighting provides the perfect environment
- Keeps your plant moist with less watering
- Feed them once per month with an Organic Orchid Food
Now comes the most difficult part, how to choose the best one for your home? You will need to narrow them down until you come up with the best one, so a good start would be to write down your home environment. Then you can compare them to each plant type, and this might help you choose?
Where To Purchase Orchids?
You might not find any places locally to purchase the orchid of your choice, so where are some places online to purchase healthy plants?
- From Our Flowers
- Urban Stems
- 1800 Flowers
- Palmer Orchids
- Odom’s Orchids
- Talbott Nursery
- The Sill
- Ode A La Rose
These online stores you will find provide healthy plants, I really feel you are better to pay a little more from a specialty store for exotic plants. You can find them less expensive in other places, but many times they are not healthy by the time they arrive. That is just my experience ordering plants online my entire life, so keep this in mind when shopping for special houseplants?