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How To Take Care Of Potted Orchids

Updated on January 18, 2016
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Thelma is a Filipina Expat living in Germany. She is a very creative person and shares tips about anything she had experienced in life.

Different kinds of potted orchids.
Different kinds of potted orchids. | Source

My First Potted Phalaenopsis Orchid


Planting orchids is very easy to do as long as you know the basic of planting orchids, but taking care of them to stay or become more beautiful is another story. I heard about a lot of women who bought plenty of beautiful and expensive orchids in the shops, lost their hope and patience and threw their now bad looking flowers to the bins. How can it be avoided? It´s a pity because orchids cost at least 10 or 20 € in the flower shops. The prices depend what kinds of orchids they are.


Many years ago, I bought one potted Phalaenopsis orchid in our city flower shop. I thought, " well it´s expensive but it´s beautiful and I love to try my so called green hands". My hands were not really "green" because some of my window plants were dying out except the green lily. So I was happy putting my first potted pink Phalaenopsis orchid on our windowsill. I kept on looking at the orchid for I was so in love with the beauty of it. Then one day, I´ve noticed that the flowers were pulling down. I was sad and told my problem to my sister who was luckily working in a Dutch orchids company in The Netherlands, The company is selling orchids worldwide. Lucky me! I could have kissed my sis through the telephone. She told me what to do.

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How To Take Care Of Potted Orchids


  • Buy orchids with lots of new blooms. You´ll enjoy the flowers longer than you think.
  • Always read the included instruction of the orchids when buying them in the shops or ask the saleslady how to take care of them.
  • Remember, different kinds of orchids have different requirements when it comes to watering especially when it´s summer or wintertime.
  • Put your potted orchids on a bright but not direct to sunlight windowsill. You can put the orchids as a centerpiece of your table as long as the room is bright enough for the orchids to have sunlight.
  • Water them once a week by removing them from their fancy decorated pots and shower them with warm (at least 16° C) but not hot water on the bathtub. Let the water drain until no more drops of water left from the orchids. Put them back to their fancy pots. Dry the leaves of the orchids which become wet by using a cloth or a tissue paper.
  • Water them twice a week when it´s summer time or if the bark under the orchids are dry. Don´t put them above or near the heater of the room when it´s winter time, neither put them near a draft windowsill. It will ruin the orchids.
  • Fertilize the orchids once a month with a special orchids fertilizer.
  • Have a beautiful relaxing music or even a loud one in the room where the orchids are living. They love music, too. You´ll know that when your orchids always have new blossoms.
  • Always talk to your orchids nicely and ask them to give you more flowers. You´ll be surprised. They´ll give you what you have asked for. Well in my own experience, they did.

Do you love to have orchids plants in your house or flat?

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Different Kinds of Phalaenopsis Orchids
Different Kinds of Phalaenopsis Orchids | Source

Collecting Orchids


After I have asked my sister about how to solve my orchids problem, I was relaxed and did what she told me. I became confident in buying more and more orchids. Then I started collecting different kinds of orchids. From Vanda to Cattleya but it was mostly Phalaenopsis I bought in different colours and sizes as they are easy to take good care of. When there was an "open day" at my sister´s work, I went with her to their company building to see all the exhibited orchids. It was not only an orchids exhibition but they were selling beautiful orchids for cheaper prices than in the market shops as well.


Months and years went by and I had all in all 16 potted orchids well presented at my 4 windowsill. Passersby just stopped for a while in front of our living room window (we lived on the ground floor at that time) to appreciate the beauty of my orchids. Some of my neighbours where following what I did. Decorating their windows with orchids. I was proud of myself.


Then, a few months later I was sad to give all my beautiful flowers to my friends as we had to move to Ireland for a few years. My heart ached for that decision of giving up my so loved orchids but I could not bring them with me as I was sure that they would never survive in Irelands cold climate. Anyway I thought they were in my friends good hands. A year later when I went to visit my relatives and friends in Germany, I found out that my orchids either died or never gave blossoms anymore. I was sorry for that.

The orchids photos I have posted here, besides the upper photo in this hub, are all cellphone photos taken before 2008. These are my remaining remembrance of my long lost orchids.


Thank you for reading my article. Please feel free to leave a comment.

My Dancing Lady Orchids in a pot which give flowers for the first time. Taken in my balcony at home in the Philippines, just today May 13, 2013.
My Dancing Lady Orchids in a pot which give flowers for the first time. Taken in my balcony at home in the Philippines, just today May 13, 2013. | Source

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Hi Thelma! This is really very useful. Some orchids are very sensitive and really needs care. Thanks for the tips.

      Voted up and shared!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I have always loved orchids in the wild. I have never planted orchids in my home. Thanks for sharing your wonderful tips.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi ignugent17! You´re welcome. Yes, some orchids are sensitive and one should know how to take care of orchids before buying them. Thanks for stopping by and for your sharing. Have a great week!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Vinaya! I had potted orchids at home (Germany) before because I did not have the possibility to let them grow outside the house due to the non tropical weather. In the Philippines, I have the orchids hanging on the trees in our garden. Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely week!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for these very useful instructions, Thelma. I've had potted orchids before but they never seemed to last very long. Now I've learned how to treat them the way they should be treated - thanks to you.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Just beautiful! Thanks for all of the great tips.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi drbj! I got that problem before and was very thankful to my sister as she told me how to take care of them. So you see, I just passed on what I learned. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you randomcreative for your comment. I appreciate that. Have a great day!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Wonderful hub Thelma!! I've been wanting to get an orchid ^_^ Now with your hub telling me all the care instructions I will most certainly get one! Thank you for all the great information! Voting and pinning!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi, Mama Kim! Good luck for your coming orchids. I´m sure they will live long inside your house with you taking care of them. Thanks again for your visit and pinning. Have a great week!

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      Sound like you started a trend. Over in Thailand where I lived before and shall return to in the future has an orchid market near the border, selling wild orchids ... the smell and scene is beautiful (although, as a hey-fever sufferer the smell is 'muffled' lol).

      Shared, up and useful.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      My friend had beautiful orchids she just recently got rid of them. I have tried to grow them but they don't do well in my house. Yours are so pretty you do a good job taking care of them. Voted up and shared.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yes, I have started a trend. It would be nice to see orchids market in Thailand or somewhere in Asia. That´s one of my to do list. I can already smell the wild orchids. Thanks for your visit and for sharing Brett. I appreciate that. Have a great day!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi moonlake! What a pity your friend got rid of her orchids! You can try one pot of orchid in your house, this time you can take care of it the way I stated here in this hub. You´ll never know, it might grow. Thanks for your visit and for sharing this to others.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thelma, the orchid photos are lovely. Especially in the last video. A very useful hub providing practical tips for orchid care.

      Voted up, useful and interesting. Sharing this and pinning as well.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you rajan jolly for your wonderful comment, for sharing and pinning this hub. I appreciate that. Have a lovely weekend!

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      RunningDeer 4 years ago from Iowa

      Clearly you know what you are doing. Great tips! I'm trying as hard as I can to get my orchids to rebloom, the poor things. I've had another orchid that would constantly rebloom. Sadly though, my sister killed it by leaving it in front of the A/C all summer while I was gone studying abroad in Ireland. I'll try some of your tips and get back to you. Thanks for the info!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Well, we have the same reason why our orchids died. We left them for Ireland! You can start again with another orchids just like me, but this time you´ll know how to take care of them. You´re always welcome to visit my articles RunningDeer. Have a lovely weekend! Thanks for your visit.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      These are just gorgeous. I have never invested in them because I didn't want to kil them.. LOL! This looks like something I could do. Beautiful and helpful!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I've always loved orchids but have been afraid to purchase them because I'd been told they were difficult to grow. Now I want to rush out and buy one! They are such beautiful plants and I feel empowered by your tips. Thank you.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Tammy! Just think positively that your coming orchid will grow healthy. With your love and care, the orchid will reward you with beautiful flowers. Thanks for your visit.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi, Natashalh! You don´t have to be afraid. It´s not really difficult to grow orchids as long as you know how to take good care of them. I wish you good luck for your coming orchids. Let me know later how it is. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Interesting, useful and well informed.

      Take care and enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Eiddwen! Thanks for your comment. I appreciate that. I enjoyed my weekend. Thanks. Have a great week!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      This is so helpful. I am a huge plant lover and have always wanted an orchid but truthfully I am a bit intimidated by them. After reading this I feel that I have the information I need to help me give it a try. Thank you for sharing. Sending Angels your way. :) ps

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thanks pstraubie48 for your wonderful comment and for sending angels on my way. I appreciate that. Good luck for having new plants, orchids.

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      Excellent Hub with some great tips. I look at them at every store that sells them and always afraid to buy, because I have a brown thumb not a green one. Will pick up one next trip and give it a try. Voted up and shared.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hello Justsilvie! Sorry for not answering your comment immediately. I was traveling again. Well, good luck for your try in having a potted orchids. Thanks for sharing, as well as for your visit. Have a great weekend!

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      BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Wish I knew this when I was given the gift of some beautiful orchids - my favorite plant. With spring coming I think I will try again. Thanks so much for such a well-written hubs. I feel excited once again.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi BkCreative! It´s nice to hear from you again. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate that. You don´t have to wait for the spring to buy orchids for the inside of your home as long as you have the heater on, but don´t put them near it. Enjoy your new orchids. Have a great day!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I think orchids are among the prettiest flowers but I've never had the nerve to keep one as I thought they were hard to look after. I enjoyed reading this.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yes, orchids are one of the beautiful flowers we have on earth and if you know how to take care of them, it´s awesome having them. It´s worth a try. Thanks for stopping by, Phoenix.

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Very nice article, Thelma. I enjoyed reading it.

      If you're still in Ireland, maybe you could try growing these lovely flowers (which you love) on a bright, warm windowsill?

      I was so sorry your lovely plants got killed without your loving care.

      I'm not as good with orchids as you are. Right now I have two plants I'm trying to save.

      Thanks for the interesting read.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi mizjo!

      Thank you for stopping by. I´m no longer living in Ireland, but I did have a few pots of orchids on a bright and warm window sill. They grew very well too with lots of flowers to appreciate not only by me but also by our neighbours there. Sad to say I had to give them to my neighbours before leaving Ireland for Germany.

      I´m sure with your loving and caring hands they will grow beautifully.

      Have a great week!

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      Lavender Jade 3 years ago from Derbyshire

      Really lovely hub and very informative, I have 3 orchids the Phalaenopsis type they have flowered beautifully this year but I was unsure about the flowers, when you say shower them, which I have never done, but will, can you get the flowers wet, I thought, I maybe wrong, but I thought you had to keep them dry, I may have dreamed it!

      Thank you for the information

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Hi Lavender Jade! Yes, I shower the orchids and wait until the water is drained. Then before I put them back into their pots, I wiped off the wet leaves of the orchids. That´s what I mean of keeping them dry. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Nicole Quaste 3 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Thank you for this hub. My boyfriend just bought me a beautiful orchid, and I'm nervous about it, because I want it to stay as beautiful as it is now.

      Great hub. Thanks again!

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      You are welcome uNicQue. I hope reading this hub will help you. Thanks for your visit. Have a nice day!

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