Orchids are perfect for bringing an exotic splash of colour into your home. Here I will reveal how you can grow them successfully, and where you can see vibrant displays to inspire you.
You can buy windowsill orchids at garden centres, supermarkets and specialist orchid nurseries. Choose a plant with some open flowers so you can see what you will be getting. Moth orchids are one of the easiest to grow and so are a great choice for your first orchid.
Orchids have a reputation for being difficult to grow, but actually make robust and rewarding houseplants.
Choosing the right place for your orchid is the key to success, and depends on which orchid you are growing.
Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) and slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum)
Cymbidium and Dendrobium hybrids
Here are some top tips to promote reflowering.
As each flower wilts and turns brown, remove it from the flower spike. Then, when all the flowers are over, cut the whole spike off cleanly about 3cm from the base. The orchid will then concentrate on leaf growth. It should flower again the following year.
If you have a moth orchid (Phalaenopsis), this will flower again more quickly if you cut the spike just above the third node from the base.
Surround yourself with spectacular displays at Kew's Orchids Festival, get inspiration from a behind the scenes tour of the orchid nursery or share your love of exotic blooms by bringing your friends to our After Hours event.