Orchids are beautiful things. Symbols of all sorts of wondrous characteristics like friendship, joy, and grace there are over 25,000 species of orchid from the abundant, to the incredibly rare. Orchids also come in a vast array of colours, patterns, and styles with over 100,000 varieties – amazing things.

These days, orchids are given as gifts to celebrate the birth of a new baby, a new home, wedding anniversaries, and even for Valentine’s day. Today we’re looking at how to grow orchids and keep them alive – not always the easiest of tasks. In particular, we’re looking at the perennially popular, phalaenopsis – one of the most common house orchids in the UK.


In the wild

Where orchids occur naturally, you will find them clinging to rocks, trees and tough shrubs. These tough plants like very particular conditions and really enjoy very course soil and pretty precise temperatures. Their long, tough roots seek out the perfect spot to anchor and this is where they are most content. Orchids like pretty hostile growing conditions. In their natural environment, they’re often faced with a drought/deluge watering situation which might be useful to know if you’re often left feeling guilty over an un-watered pot plant.


In your home

Orchids tend to do very well in bathrooms where the temperature is fairly warm, and the air is often very moist. We’ve seen our own orchids growing beautifully and abundantly year after year on the south facing, Garden Style Company bathroom window ledge.

Orchids often come in clear pots for the reason that it’s easy to keep a good eye on the plant’s roots. Orchids prefer room-temperature rain-water over tap when it comes to watering. They are good at communicating their needs however, with bright green roots indicating good water levels, and silvery roots indicating a need for water.


Potting

We recommend keeping your orchid in its original clear pot but don’t let this stop you from double-potting!

We’ve got the perfect indoor pots to provide a new home for your orchids – large and small. Our sea-green pots come in a set of five and look stunning offset by bright green plants with beautiful colourful flowers. If you’re looking for a more subtle colour, our pots also come in classic grey tones, or even raspberry for a more explosive look.

Use specialist orchid compost as this contains a high bark content that helps orchid roots to breathe. Re-pot and refresh every two years.

If your orchid still fits in its original pot, there is no need for a bigger one – orchids don’t like a lot of space - remember their natural habitat. Orchids really don’t like usual potting compost as it doesn’t give them enough air – orchids often suffocate when potted with your run of the mill mix.

So, orchids can be tough customers when it comes to creating the ideal conditions for them. A little work at the beginning makes all the difference later on however.


Orchids really are beautiful and look even more stunning in our gorgeous pots!

• Have you seen our magnificent range of wooden planters to begin growing your orchids in? 

• Read our Gardening Tip showing you how to create the Perfect May Planter