Caring for Orchids
Many of the orchids found for sale in retail stores (Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, Dendrobium, and Oncidium) are ‘epiphytes’. Epiphytes, more commonly referred to as ‘air plants’, do not grow in soil. Instead, they anchor themselves to another plant with their roots. They receive their nutrients and water from the air, rain, and debris around it – only using the plant they sit upon as a support structure.
A good balance of light, water, food, air circulation, and temperature control is needed to ensure optimal growth and flowering of your orchid. Luckily, in spite of belonging to one of the largest, most diverse families of flowering plants, there are some generalizations when it comes to caring for an epiphytic orchid.