How To Make Orchids Live Longer 

How To Make Orchids Live Longer 

Orchids are often seen as a high maintenance plant which are difficult to care for and require a lot of care to thrive, but they are actually incredibly low maintenance and don’t require much maintenance. 

The most important thing is to understand the specific care requirements that orchids need, such as water, temperature, light, air circulation and humidity. Each orchid has different needs depending on their species and environment. 

3 Homemade Remedies To Help Orchids Thrive

Orchids thrive when fed a balance of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium ideally given in a water-soluble formula. 

  • Nitrogen is for foliage, stem and shoot growth
  • Phosphorous encourages healthy root growth
  • Potassium promotes flowering


Chop or grate potatoes into small pieces, including the skin and boil for a few minutes. You can also add chopped fresh bananas and sugar whilst it’s boiling. These will add even more important nutrients and will help bind the ingredients together. If you make too much or have potatoes leftover, these can be stored in jars and used at a later date. This is a economical way of helping Orchids grow without breaking the bank. 


Milk contains a nitrogen-building protein that orchids require. Make a solution of one part milk and four parts water to feed your plants, and use this every two weeks. 

Epsom Salts

Magnesium rich Epsom Salts can be given to an Orchid in the form of a teaspoon in the water. 

How To Help Orchids Grow and Bloom

Orchids can be difficult to encourage to bloom multiple times, especially if they’re being grown indoors. But an easy trick that can help enormously, make sure the temperature at night is lower than during the day. 

Lowering the temperature by 5º, usually in Autumn, will encourage your plants into flowering. It may be as simple as moving the plant into a different room in the house, which could have a massive effect on their growth. 

Choosing the right species of Orchids will also play a huge role in their blooming. Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis) are the easiest and are available in a variety of colours and patterns, and are a great option for plant enthusiasts looking to grow their own.” 

Seed Barn are suppliers of seeds and offer a wide range of additional products, ranging from flower seeds, vegetable seeds and tree seeds. If the comments provided could help, please feel free to publish and credit Shane Dibbs, Director of Seed Barn. 

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