7 mistakes to avoid when growing orchids

Orchids need to be watered deeply once a week, ensuring the water drains through the container to prevent root rot; avoid wetting leaves or flowers and only water when the potting mix is completely dry.

Over- or Underwatering:

Orchids require bright, indirect light for about six hours a day; avoid direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn and gradually adjust the light conditions if necessary.

Insufficient Light:

Keep orchids at a consistent temperature around 70-80°F during the day and slightly cooler at night, avoiding exposure to AC units or radiators to prevent fluctuating conditions.

Inconsistent Temperature: 

Use transparent containers with drainage holes to mimic orchids' natural environment, allowing light to reach the roots and promoting air circulation and photosynthesis.

Inappropriate Container:

After blooming, leave the flower spike intact to see if new growth occurs from the nodes; if the stem browns and dies, cut it back to the base.

Cutting Back Too Soon or Too Hard:

Repot orchids when roots overflow the container, ensuring adequate space and fresh potting medium to maintain nutrient supply and prevent root rot; also, clean leaves and check for pests regularly.

Failing to Repot: 

Rotate orchids regularly to keep leaves centered and prevent the plant from tipping over as it grows towards the light; use stakes and clips to keep spikes straight and manage the direction of growth.

 Forgetting to Rotate: