The most popular and common household orchids are Phalaenopsis orchids. These are the variety that I have the most experience with, so this section will primarily reference the common Phalaenopsis orchid unless otherwise specified.
Did you know that when your orchid loses its flowers, it doesn’t mean it’s dead?! I meet so many people who are new to these plants and do think an orchid sans-flowers has died. Orchids only bloom for a few months (or weeks) at a time. As long as your orchids leaves and roots are healthy it can bloom again, it just needs some extra TLC! As epiphytes, orchids need different care than most other popular houseplants.
There are over 25,000 orchid species, making orchids one of the largest family of plants in the entire world! There are about two dozen genera of orchids which can be kept as houseplants. Many orchids are epiphytic — meaning they grow on the surface of other plants and can absorb moisture and nutrients from the air and rain. Understanding this and other facts about how orchids thrive in nature can help us care for the ones we keep in our homes!
If you want to learn more, I highly recommend checking out these resources:
My favorite YouTube Channel about orchids: MissOrchidGirl
Learn about orchids with The American Orchid Society
Learn about orchids with Orchid Bliss.
Repotting a Phalaenopsis orchid with repotme.com
Learn about orchid roots, and why they are so important with Orchid Bliss
Orchids are beautiful and such a rewarding plant to watch grow. they have become one of my favorite plants to care for, if you are an adventurous plant parent, I highly recommend reading up on these plants and going out to get one!