What is the best way to water an orchid?

May, 2022
Darren Spalding

If you prefer not to get too sensitive, use the tip of a sharpened pencil, chopstick, or wooden skewer to perform this poke test instead. The next step is to compare your reality, tap water, well, or spring water with ideal or even tolerable TDS and pH levels for growing orchids. Of course, the amount of water your orchids need can vary depending on room temperature, light, humidity and type of growing medium (moss holds moisture longer than bark chips). Place your orchids on the pebbles and fill the tray with water, making sure it doesn't touch the bottom of the pots.

How often should I water an orchid?

If an orchid does not dry out within 7 to 10 days, it is either in a pot that is too large, has too tight media, the pot has insufficient drainage holes, or there is too little air circulation. No matter which way you water — from the bottom or the top — when you pot bark, be sure to water abundantly when watering. Some people like to place the pots on wet trays or in bowls or saucers made of gravel or pebbles and water. This material is specifically designed to absorb more water as ice cubes melt and trickle down more slowly than irrigation in the sink.

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