Care of your Bohemian Orchid

To be able to enjoy your Bohemian Orchid as long as possible, you will find here a few tips on care.

Light place - no direct sunlight
Plant food once a month
Cut off branch for re-blooming
Immerse once every 5-7 days
Optimal temperature: 16-24˚C


The slow growing Phalaenopsis needs little nutrition in living room conditions. Special fertilizers are for sale at most garden centres, or you can give a little universal plant food once a month.


Repotting Phalaenopsis (and orchids in general) is not recommended, unless it is absolutely necessary because the pot has become too small. At the bottom of the new pot there should be holes to drain off the excess water. This prevents root rot. The orchid likes an airy mixture, so do not press the soil too hard. Most garden centres sell special orchid soil.


Orchids tend to get too much water. The roots should NEVER stand in water. If the orchid is placed in an ornamental pot without holes, make sure that no water remains in the pot. Too much water will kill the roots.

Water as follows: Remove the orchid with the nursery pot from the ornamental pot and immerse it in a bowl of water at room temperature. Leave the plant in the water for five to ten minutes. Make sure that there is not too much water in the immersion basin: the plant pot should not be more than three-quarters full. Depending on the situation at home (temperature and humidity) and the weather outside (much or little sun), immerse the plant a little more or a little less often than once a week. A good indication is the weight of the plant: the less heavy, the drier. You will learn to judge this better and better as time goes by.


After blooming, cut the stem above the second node from the bottom. The node is a thicker part of the flower stem and is easily recognised. After a while, a new spike will develop from that node that will grow into a new flower stem. New spikes can also emerge from under each leaf. If spontaneous rebloom is unsuccessful, place your Phalaenopsis in a slightly cooler (but light) room for a few months (19 degrees Celsius). This stimulates bud formation. Once the branch appears, you should move the plant to its original place.