Growing and caring for orchids
Orchids can be grown outdoors in a shadehouse or under a verandah, or indoors under bright filtered sunlight. Because orchids need to be well drained, standard potting mix is too dense so you’re better off using a specially formulated orchid potting mix.
When it comes to watering orchids, less is more. If the potting mix looks damp, wait for a day and give it another water the next morning.
A lot of people think orchids are hard to grow, but that’s not actually the case. Given the right level of care and attention, they can bloom for months at a time. Orchids thrive in warm, humid conditions so if you live in our southern states, you may need to pay particular attention to where your orchid is located.
Types of orchids
There are over 30,000 orchid varieties inhabiting almost every corner of the world. Despite being one of the most prolific plant varieties, every orchid species has a unique look.
The Phalaenopsis orchid is easy to care for and is available in a wide range of colours. They're a very popular variety due to their elegant appearance and are ideally suited to life indoors.