General & Special Rules For Orchid Proper Watering

Many consider that the orchid needs to be watered several times a week since it comes from tropical forests. Unfortunately, such treatment soon kills the plant’s roots. Read this article and find out what general and special rules you need to know for a proper watering of orchid.

The general rule

Orchids grown in pots are watered once every 5 to 12 days, depending on the type of orchid, ambient temperature and time of the year.

In summer, when the days are longer and warmer, watering is more frequent than on the cold and cooler days of winter.

Special rules

According to water needs, orchids are classified as follows:

– Varieties of orchids whose substrate must be kept well-moistened all the time (but without water pouring!): Paphiopedilum, Miltonia, Cymbidium, Odontoglossum.

– Varieties of orchids whose substrate must be kept moist during periods of intense growth and which must be allowed to dry between waterings for the rest of the time: Cattleya, Oncidium, Brassia, Dendrobium.

– Varieties of orchids whose substrate must be allowed to dry almost completely before new watering: Phalaenopsis, Vanda, Ascocenda.


The ideal is knowing how well your family/species belongs to your orchid and its care needs. Orchids (and all pot plants) shine in the house only if part-time recreation of natural conditions occurs.

General special rules for orchid proper watering

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