I like orchids because they’re beautiful but practical too. Buy a bunch of flowers. They are pretty and may last a few weeks. Buy an orchid plant with flowers plus buds and it will decorate your place with flowers for up to three months.
I remove the bark or moss from around the aerial roots in the pot. I replace it with brown clay balls leaving some aerial roots sticking out of the pot.
To remove dust, I wipe over the leaves with lemon slices.
By placing a bamboo kebab stick in the pot, when it is dry, I know I should water the plant.
Water sparingly as the aerial roots inside the pot can rot.
For humidity, I place the pot on a saucer of damp polystyrene granules, out of direct sunlight. Spraying the aerial roots regularly has the same effect.
To prevent pests, I allow some airflow.
After flowering, I cut the green flowering stem, half way down above a joint.
An orchid suits any occasion, from deepest sadness to pure joy. It is a comfort.