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Gardening Tips & Tricks : Growing Orchids Indoors

October 5, 2019

Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen from
And in this series, we’re learning all about how to take care of orchids indoors. Now,
I’ve always been afraid of orchids, and I get them beautiful orchids in bloom and then
I take them home and they bloom for a couple months and they die and all I have left are
the little green leaves. And I’ve always thought, “What do I do with it now?” And it would never
bloom for me again. Once they’re done blooming, I chop off the dead bloom and periodically,
I’ll actually lose the leaves from the bottom. And don’t worry when that happens because
the leaves will actually die and grow new leaves. So even if you’ve lost one round of
leaves, the plant’s still alive. Never throw it out. Always save it if there’s any part
of green left. I have learned that the east-facing window is an ideal spot for orchids. They
love the morning sun, and they don’t really like the afternoon sun because it’s too hot.
It’ll just bake them. So if you’ve got a sunny window in your bathroom or your kitchen that
follows the east, that’s the perfect spot. And artificial light is always great, too,
because I found my orchids love this window because I have a light that’s on at night,
and even in the nighttime, they’re getting artificial light and they seem to do better
over the years that way. And I never lose them. I’ve been in shock. I’ve had these for
a few years. So the trick when watering them is…this one’s really dry. I can feel it’s
dry. The moss inside looks really dry. It’s not really pushing. It’s kind of crunchy.
So I want it to be soft. So I’m going to run water through here, and the trick is not to
use hot water or cold water. Use kind of lukewarm water. And some people say that you should
take a gallon of water and set it aside for a day or two because some of the chlorine
from your city water will settle or then the water’s the actual…the same temperature
as your room. But I found just using lukewarm water’s really good for me. Our city water’s
really good. There’s hardly any chlorine in it, thank goodness, so it seems to do really
well for the plants. So I’m soaking this — just soaking it — probably for 10 to 15
minutes. You really don’t need to soak it for hours or anything like that. But I want
all of the moss to really soak up or sometimes there’s bark dust that soaks it up, too. But
you remember, never leave it sitting in water, so I always drain the water back out. Always.
Never leave water sitting with an orchid. So always drain out every bit of it. So the
key is to have that wet, but no standing water, and it’ll be fine for another week. Now, another
trick that I learned, too, is to actually wipe off the water off of the leaves. And
just like washing your face, they love to be cleaned, then that way, they can breathe
much better and they’ll do better in the end. And so I just leave these in the window, and
they seem to do really well. And there’s different types of blooming fertilizers in the winter.
I always, about Thanksgiving time, I hit them with a little bit of blooming fertilizer,
and a lot of times, they’ll shoot up new spikes and I’ll get new blooms. But I’ve found whether
I use the fertilizer or not, they’re kind of on their own time frame and they’ll bloom
when they want to. So I try not to take my orchids too seriously, and I enjoy them even
when they’re not in bloom. But when they are in bloom, I try to take care of them by just
enjoying them. And the trick with them is not to get these…don’t spray them too hard
with water. It’s almost better to mist them or stick them in the shower so they’re not
directly in water, but they get the steam. They love steam; they love moisture; they
love humidity. So in brand-new houses, sometimes it’s hard for them to grow well. But never
throw them out as long as they’re green, and if you do kill them, don’t take it personally
because there’s always more orchids that you can purchase that will just love your home.


  • Reply rivan28r April 11, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you!

  • Reply greenleaflink April 20, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Thannks!!! Lifesaver

    Every gardening site should mandatory have video/picture how to do


  • Reply Amber Farhat MUA July 7, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you SO much for this video! I have been trying to regrow my orchids but any website (even though helpful) don't have pictures or video showing the steps in cutting or where to cut exactly… so thanks!

  • Reply Jon Lareaux September 5, 2009 at 11:55 am

    my therapist will love this.
    yes. i'm crazy.

  • Reply Bradley Brown October 9, 2009 at 7:58 am

    thanks for those little tips! I didn't know drying the leaves was good!

  • Reply Su Berman January 20, 2010 at 9:05 am

    this video is very helpful, I have an Oncidium which has finished flowering what should I do now? Should I just prune back the spike

  • Reply rajiform April 20, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    how do u pop the flowers off when they are done blooming? do u pop them off at the base of the flower stem right next to the main plant stem? mine just fell off, is that ok? will they grow back? my boyfriend and i r worried that we may have hurt it:( its very special and we dont want it to die and just get another one…

  • Reply Razorokc May 24, 2011 at 7:25 am

    id think youd use rain water instead of tap.

  • Reply Giacomo Carnevale June 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    If your orchid lose leaves, she isn't fine.
    It's true that the orchid make grow periodically new leaves but the oldest ones should not die!!
    When they are little they have small leaves and when they are grown they lose that leaves, but it isn't the same for the ones!!

  • Reply bobbymalta73 June 29, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Cheers thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Tim Pinkelman July 1, 2011 at 3:41 am

    My jaw just about dropped to the floor when you watered that!!! absolutely NEVER water a phal like that ( allowing the crown to get water in it) that is a sure fire way to kill one!!!

  • Reply Keyth G. August 19, 2011 at 4:21 am

    NEVER water your favorites with tap water…chlorine kills good bacteria in soil, fluoride stunts plant growth, salts slowly poison the roots.yes your plants will live (usually), yes they will grow new flowers etc. but if you want yur plant to FLOURISH treat it like your baby. distilled or purified water only…DONT use mircle grow, or any other synthetic fert. use organic as it doesnt kill the good bacteria in the roots and cause dependency for the plants. and tell them how beautiful they are:)

  • Reply charmingme123 July 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    its not east its north or south i heard

  • Reply Allie Tucker November 1, 2012 at 2:06 am

    I though that the air needed to get to the roots using a pot with holes…am I right? I am still confused as to the watering technique.

  • Reply CerenkovBlueMusic January 6, 2013 at 8:55 am

    There is bad info all over place,

  • Reply CerenkovBlueMusic January 6, 2013 at 9:07 am

    So I think I need to be a bit more specific. I have very limited experience with orchids. The type of plants I grow come from similar conditions that are just as sensitive. I grow carnivores. When I had to learn about the plants I grow, I also had to gave basic knowledge of Orchids, It saddens me to see that someone is promoting to wet a house plants leaves in an area that is known for high humidity and poor air circulation. Wet leaves, or a crown that can not dry is the death of that plant.

  • Reply Athena Lemos July 18, 2013 at 1:19 am

    So helpful! That's a LOT of water, but I'll try it tha

  • Reply Donetta Hicks December 31, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    A little paper came with mine and it said to use 3 ice cubes to water it. So which way works better?

  • Reply Jeanne Trangata February 5, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I have a nice collection of Tillandsia "ball" plants, which are doing quite well.  Orchids are my new passion and I'm in the process of starting a collection.  Thank you for your tips.  They're very much appreciated.  🙂

  • Reply Jean Nunez April 4, 2014 at 2:52 am

    Thank you so much.  I have never been able to grow an orchid.  Now I have renewed hope of doing so!

  • Reply alexis rux May 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Nice watering that will get severe crown rot

  • Reply Pawel Wojtowicz May 26, 2014 at 4:27 am

    Never pour water in the center of the plan unless its hanging upside down on a piece of bark /cork.  This way will encourage crown rot especially if conditions are humid.

  • Reply diornotwar123 April 27, 2015 at 1:12 am

    what do you call that style of vase?

  • Reply Gail Briggs July 24, 2016 at 3:49 am

    I've watched 3 videos and so far none of them show the perfect proper way to grow and care for orchids…all of them contradict each other…ugh! sigh!…guess I'll keep searching.

  • Reply Gina G March 2, 2017 at 8:05 am

    do not water the plant in the center because you will rot the crown.

  • Reply Colton Reeves August 7, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    So much wrong information lmao. Expert village is always severely lacking in experts

  • Reply Flower March 25, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Oh my God the crown!!!!!! That's crazy! lol

  • Reply Jeffrey Hummer March 15, 2019 at 5:30 am

    I literally cringe whenever I see people watering Orchids like

  • Reply Giles Cuckow April 24, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Somewhat a novice approach but I appreciate the video nonetheless.

  • Reply priya328 May 10, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    She has no idea what is she doing. Wrong information dear, you have lots to learn before make a you tube video regarding Orchids.

  • Reply MrMustangrick June 15, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    I am told 3 ice cubes only one a week, they like to be dry ?

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