Mother’s Day Orchids

Phal speciesLady Slipper close upDendrobium flower

With endless choices of brilliant colors and magic shapes, orchids have become Mother’s Day favorites. No need to worry if you don’t have a green thumb — most orchids don’t deserve their finicky reputations. With a few care basics, you can enjoy their tropical flowers for weeks or even months.

  • Identify your orchid to learn its light, temperature, and water needs. You don’t need its exact name, just its orchid family. Phals, or Moth Orchids, are the most common types sold. Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, Epidendrums, Oncidiums, and Paphs are also popular.
  • If you cannot identify your orchid, use these basic care tips.
  • When watering, soak roots and potting material thoroughly until water runs out of the holes in the pot. Let all excess water drain completely. Never allow the pot to sit in water for more than a few hours, or the roots may rot.
  • Eventually you need to remove ribbons, wrapping paper, or decorative containers if they block water draining from the flower pot.
  • All orchids need high humidity and good air movement. Dry, stagnant air can lead to wilting flowers and pests.
  • As cut flowers, orchids don’t need any special care. Change the water every couple days to keep blooms fresh.
  • Browse AboutOrchids for more growing tips, FAQ, and beautiful photos. Enjoying orchids has never been easier.

Cattleya flowersAscocentrum species, a Vanda relativePhal hybrid

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3 Comments on “Mother’s Day Orchids”

  1. Patty Lin Says:

    Hi there! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to take a look. My son gave me an orchid for Mothers’ Day. Its so pretty but I panicked that I will kill it! Thanks for your site I identified it its an oncidium (did I spell that right?) I’m definitely enjoying the information.

    Fantastic blog and wonderful design.

  2. KAREN28 Says:

    Great pics! Luv the first one. It looks like it has a mustache :{)

  3. Kellie Loi Says:

    Greetings from Los angeles! Cool photos here, just stunning. Thanks for sharing.