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5 Simple Ways to Keep an Orchid Alive & Thriving

5 Simple Ways to Keep an Orchid Alive & Thriving

Is there a secret to keeping orchids alive? Michelle, editor of Gardenista, rounded up some beginners’ tips, proving that it may not be as complicated as many think.

Above: Above: There are more than 3,000 species of orchids; to maximize your chances of success, narrow your choice. Eliminate finicky species and instead grow an orchid that falls into the category of easy going. A potted Purple Dendrobium Orchid, for instance, is tolerant of the low light frequently found in offices; it’s $79 from White Flower Farm. Photograph by Sftrajan via Flickr.

Above: Make sure your orchid has enough light. Other types of orchids that will tolerate low indoor lighting are oncidiums, phalaenopsis, and paphiopedilums. A potted Love in Bloom Phalaenopsis is $59 from Viva Terra. Photograph by Lalallallala via Flickr.

Above: In the wild, orchids grow attached to other plants. They are not designed to grow in potting soil; please don’t try to force them. Instead, plant them in a nice loose bark they can clutch happily. Photograph by Eric Joseph Tagle via Flickr.

Above: To make sure your orchid has enough light in the winter, increase the amount of light by placing the plant in front of a mirror; a reflective surface will increase light. Also, they hate to have wet roots; choose a pot with good drainage and spread a layer of pebbles in the bottom of the pot. Photograph by Hitchster via Flickr.

Now that you’re armed with these helpful tips, here are five essentials that will make the job of keeping an orchid alive even easier.

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Gardenista is a one-stop sourcebook for cultivated living, a guide to outdoor design and gardening. Helmed by former New York Times columnist Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista features inspiration, garden visits, and advice for all things outdoor living, from patios and peonies, to tables and terraces. Gardens matter, and Gardenista celebrates tomatoes on the fire escape as much as rolling acres of green.


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3:37PM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Thanking you.

8:08PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012


5:54PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

one of my favorite plants,so beautiful

7:05AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012


2:45AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Thank you for article!

1:29PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Thanking you, I love orchids.

10:30PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

good information, thnx!

1:09PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

i love them thnx

12:02PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Thank you

10:16AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

lovely thanks. would have liked to know more about watering.

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