Growing orchids isn’t as scary as many people think. Like other houseplants, it is tropical in nature and has specific care requirements. Provide those and the orchid can thrive in your home. Phalaenopsis orchids, of which there are over 50 species and hundreds of hybrids, bloom from late winter to spring. The Taisuco Kaaladian variety bears lovely white, 3-inch flowers, each lasting 10 to 12 weeks. The plant grows from 4 to 5 inches tall
What you need to get started:
Keep the Taisuco kaaladian orchid in an area of the home where it will get bright, filtered light. Near an east window is ideal. Give it a full southern exposure during the winter in northern regions.
Keep the orchid away from fumes from gas stoves and furnaces and cigarette smoke or it will drop its buds.
Maintain the room temperature between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and above 60 at night.
Allow the soil to dry between waterings, but not completely. Let it dry to barely moist and then water with room temperature water. Do not get water on the crown — the area where the leaves connect. If you do, tip the pot to allow the water to run out, or use a paper towel to lightly blot out the water.
Interiors are dry. To supply the Taisuco kaaladian orchid with humidity, fill a shallow tray with pebbles. Add water until just the tops of the pebbles are exposed. Place the potted orchid on the dry pebbles. This humidity tray will help supply the 50 to 80 percent relative humidity the orchid requires. Replenish the water as it evaporates, always keeping the tops of the pebbles dry so that the pot does not sit in water.
Fertilize the Phalaenopsis Taisuco Kaaladian orchid with a 20-20-20 fertilizer while it is in active growth. Dilute 1 tsp. of fertilizer in 1 gal. of distilled water and use the solution to water the plant. Use plain distilled water every fourth watering. In the winter, use the solution every third watering.
Cut 1/2 inch off the tip of the stem off after the flower has faded. This may induce the Ohalaenopsis Taisuco Kaaladian orchid to rebloom.