Orchid (Moth Orchid)
Orchids are among the most stylish and sophisticated plants. While some can be a challenge to grow, moth orchids are wonderfully easy. They make fantastic houseplants -- even for beginners -- and their blooms can last for months.
Grow moth orchid in a well-lit spot in your home. They tolerate low light well, but bloom best if grown in medium or bright light. That said, they do prefer some protection from direct afternoon sun on their leaves; if you have them in a sunny window, a sheer curtain is perfect for diffusing the light to keep them happy.
Water your moth orchid once the bark or moss it's potted in dries out. Orchids would prefer to be a little too dry than too wet. In fact, one of the most common ways orchids die is too much water. Never let orchids sit in water for more than 30 minutes or so.
Moth orchids typically only need repotting once every year or two. Watch the bark or moss it's potted in; when the bark or moss starts to break down and look more like soil, it's time to repot your orchid in a little bigger pot using fresh moss or orchid bark.
Like many other tropical plants, moth orchids love humidity. One classic way to grow them is to set them on a tray of pebbles or sand and water. The bottom of the pot should sit on the sand/pebbles, just ABOVE the water line. As the water in the tray evaporates, it humidifies the air directly around the plant. You can also group your orchid with other houseplants; most plants add moisture and humidify the air as they breathe.
Lots of people ask if they should mist their orchids. Misting adds humidity to the air for a short time so it doesn't hurt orchids, but it's not as good for them as many people think. It's something many people find therapeutic, however, and often is more personally beneficial to people than misting is for the plant.
Moth orchids typically bloom once a year. After the flowers fade and drop off the plant, you can cut off the flowering stem at its base. Your moth orchid should rebloom again next year --- often in late winter or very early spring.
Get tips to make your orchid last longer!
Low to bright (but indirect) light
60°F to 85°F (16°C to 29°C)
Let the moss or bark dry out between watering again; do not let the orchid stand in water
Moth orchid is not intended for human or animal consumption
Use an orchid fertilizer with a higher nitrogen content (such as 30-10-10)
Produces oxygen and removes harmful indoor air pollutants.
Orchids are very easy to grow and care for and often bloom for over 3 months.