How to care for your orchid

Orchids have a reputation of being rather tricky to look after. David Snell has a few tips to help keep yours looking beautiful.

David Snell and the Nature at Work team have many years’ experience caring for orchids in a variety of situations. Whilst orchids can be very sensitive to the conditions around them, David has a few handy tips that he has put together into a Youtube video to help take the drama out of caring for orchids.

  • Tip 1: Always leave your orchid in its container
  • Tip 2: Don’t disturb or damage the roots – they like light so keep it in a see-through pot
  • Tip 3: Soak the orchid first over a sink, and then make sure it is well drained
  • Tip 4: Choose a beautiful pot or container!
  • Tip 5: Ideally keep the top of the pot uncovered for the roots to breath
  • Tip 6: Take the orchid out of the container and soak it once every couple of weeks- don’t over water it. Most orchids like to be flooded and then almost completely dry out.
  • Tip 7: Keep your orchid in a position where there’s a bit of light but not in direct sunlight. In an ideal situation your orchid will keep flowering for up to 4 months or so.
  • Tip 8: Once the flowers have died off, cut it down to just above one of the nodes on each stem. Keep watering as before and it should reflower.

For more Nature at Work tips on how to look after your indoor plants, see us on  Youtube.

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