Did you know that there exist four times more orchid species than mammal species? I had no idea until I decided to do some research on orchids and how to best care for them now that I’m taking my love for gardening to work in the form of a little potted orchid. Sitting between my Corgi calendar and my Tiffany-inspired note set, it provides me with a sense of calm. I’ve decided to name it “Fuzzy” in honor of an inside joke I had with my former coworker (we previously attended BookCon together), who has moved on to a new job.
The first step in measuring an orchid’s health is to look at the color of its leaves, according to one care guide. If they are bright green, then the flower is getting the right amount of light. (Note: Orchids should never be placed in direct sunlight because it can burn them.) Unfortunately, I’ve learned that it’s also important for orchids to experience temperature fluctuations the encourage their flowers to open and mild levels of humidity, neither of which are present in my office. Despite that, my orchid seems to be doing fine for now.
Next, I looked up watering. The instructions that came with my orchid said to give it 1.5 tablespoons of water per day, but the care guide says that orchids really only need to be watered once per week in cooler temperatures. I’ve been giving a little water nearly every day, but not if the soil still looks moist, which I think is generally a decent rule of thumb to follow. Knowing that it doesn’t need to be watered frequently gives me hope that it might survive the weekend and still be alive on Monday when I return to work.