Care: Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I water?
The simple answer: Once every four to seven days depending on season
and dryness of the home. Allow the plants to approach dryness, gauged
by pot weight or by the pencil trick (the point of a sharpened lead
pencil, when inserted into the medium, will darken with moisture
if the plant has enough water), and apply sufficient water so that
it drains freely through the container. Never allow any potted plant
to sit in its own water. Flowering plants may require more-frequent
watering to make up for the greater burden of the flowers.
Plants will require less water when not in active growth (generally
winter months), and more while growing (generally spring and summer
months). Increased frequency of watering will not make up for a
poor root system. If roots are not plump and alive, repotting may
be called for, or the plant may have been recently repotted by the
vendor, in which case it will require raised humidity to compensate
for the lack of supporting root uptake.
Last, plants with thinner, softer foliage will generally require
more water than those with harder, more succulent leaves. Plants
with pseudobulbs (such as dendrobiums and cattleyas) generally need
to dry out more between watering than do those without (such as