How to Avoid Common Orchid Care Mistakes

Orchids are gorgeous flowering plants many people want to grow in their home. One of the most popular variety is the Phalaenopsis orchid, known for its fragrance and beauty. Unfortunately, orchids tend to be very sensitive to growing conditions so even small mistakes can make them whither or even die. In order to make your orchid grow strong and healthy, you need to know how to avoid common mistakes beginner gardeners make in orchid care.


  1. 1
    Choose the Right Orchid.
    • Choose a suitable orchid type for your needs. [1] There are many orchid varieties available on the market, so you need to know how to choose the best one for your home.
    • While certain preferences (such as flower colors) can factor in your decision, the more important thing to keep in mind is the growing condition in your home. It's important to give your orchid all the favorable conditions it needs to thrive, so your household has to be suitable for orchid care.
    • Even more, your house's conditions (light, humidity, temperature, etc.) have to be suitable for the specific orchid variety you wish to grow. Keep in mind that some orchids are more needy and require more specific care requirements. The others are not so demanding.
    • Beginners are strongly advised to choose varieties that don't require very specific conditions and can grow well even if you make a mistake or two.
    • Search online or ask at a local garden center for orchid types that don't require much care or very specific conditions. Also, measure your home's temperature, humidity and light levels so you know what kind of a growing environment you can offer to your orchid.
  2. 2
    Stay Informed.
    • The second mistake gardeners make is to not do a basic research of the orchid variety they like to grow. Before purchasing an orchid to grow, it’s important to gather all the basic information about this particular variety’s requirements when it comes to light, water, temperature, potting, humidity, and other conditions. Never try to “guess” what an orchid might want and never apply the same conditions to different orchid varieties.
    • When searching for valuable information, it’s vital to search for advice on the particular variety of orchids and not plants in general. This will limit the risk of doing something wrong and applying the wrong type of care to your orchid.
    • If you’re unsure on where to find information, start with the seller. Check out your local garden center to find a knowledgeable person. Another good way to go is to search for your particular variety of orchids on reliable websites and find the care information.
  3. 3
    Keep Your Orchid Away from Strong Light.
    • Orchids are tropical plants but that doesn't mean they prefer strong light. While certain orchid types require more light than the others, no orchid variety likes to be exposed to direct light all of the time. [2]
    • You need to keep this in mind when choosing a place for your orchid. If you over-expose your plant to constant light or if you put it away in the sun for the whole day, it will suffer sunburn. Orchids tend to be very sensitive so they will never fully recover from a sunburn.
    • To avoid this problem, it's best to put your orchid in a well-lit room but without constant, direct sunlight.
  4. 4
    Be Careful with Watering.
    • Overwatering is a common problem. Your orchid needs sufficient water so you should definitely provide it on a regular basis. However, your orchid should never be allowed to sit in still water. For the best results, always wait until the soil is completely dry before you water your orchid again. [3]
    • Another thing to keep in mind is the time of watering. You shouldn't water your orchid at night. It will make the water sit on the plant, which can invite diseases. It's best to water in the morning.
  5. 5
    Avoid Repotting.
    • One thing all orchids hate is repotting, so it should be avoided. Repotting puts your orchid to stress, which might lead to various health problems. The only time you should repot your orchid is if your plant experiences root rot. It is necessary to repot your orchid in this case to try to save the plant. [4]
    • Another possible reason for repotting is if you notice that the soil can't provide nourishment for your orchid anymore, so your plant doesn't have any room to grow.
    • These situations are very rare and you should leave your orchid alone at all other times. Be very careful when it comes to a blooming orchid: never repot your orchid if it's in bloom.


  • Keep in mind that orchid care takes time, patience and some experience.
  • If you don’t succeed on your first attempt, don’t panic. Orchids tend to be sensitive so even experienced gardeners have troubles making them thrive.
  • Make sure you search for information only on valid, reliable websites.
  • When in doubt, go with the "less is more" rule. Apply watering and fertilizing in moderation. Many orchid varieties actually thrive when they are not overwhelmed with resources.

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