10 Easy-to-Handle Orchids

Don't be intimidated by the orchid's finicky reputation. Here are 10 beauties that bloom again and again (12 Photos)

Kelsey Savage Hays on Dec 29, 2010 at 11:17AM

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10 Easy-to-Handle Orchids

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The Two Basic Rules

Orchids could be the Jekyll and Hyde of houseplants. One minute you luxuriate in full, exotic blooms and the next you’re contemplating a brown stick and a single leaf. But those bare roots can still bear blooms in the right environment. Most orchids thrive by following two general rules: morning light and judicious watering. Place the orchid in an east- or south-facing window, then water the plant only once it’s nearly completely dry (test with your finger). Give it a drenching by placing it in the sink under a low stream of water for a minute or two. When in doubt, hold off watering for another day—overwatering is the number one mistake in orchid care.

Rob McHatton of the American Orchid Society shares ten easy-to-maintain orchids that won’t fail to impress.

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