Six Easiest Orchids to Grow by Don Leming of Eddon Orchids
Phalaenopsis (fal-en-OP-sis) Moth Orchid - Low to intermediate light requirement. Temperatures which are comfortable to humans are adequate. Water once a week. Feed evenly throughout the year at least once a month, preferably weekly after each watering with a good even water soluble fertilizer (15-15-15,20-20-20, etc). Flowers last up to 2-3 months.
Paphiopedilum (paff-ee-oh-PEE-di-lum) Lady Slipper Orchid - Low to intermediate light. Temperatures which are comfortable to humans are adequate. Water once a week and fertilize with even water soluble fertilizer regularly. Flowers last several months.
Oncidium (on-SID-ee-um) Dancing Lady Orchid - This is a large family of orchids which have various needs. On the average they require slightly more light. Water weekly and fertilize with even water soluble fertilizer regularly. It is a good idea to ask about the proper light and temperature needs when buying. Flowers last up to 2 months.
Cattleya (KAT-lee-a) Corsage Orchid - Intermediate to high light requirements. Most miniature and compact varieties need less light but the larger varieties need very bright indirect light. Temperature and water needs are the same as others. Flowers last 6-8 weeks.
Dendrobium (den-DROH-bee-um) - Intermediate to bright indirect light. Water weekly and feed regularly. With adequate light and fertilizer, these can re-bloom on a regular basis. Flowers can last 2-3 months with some exceptions.
Cymbidium (sim-BID-ee-em) - Intermediate to bright light. Cymbidiums should be grown outside under a patio, breeze-way or the shade of trees. Water and feed weekly from April to September. After October, continue to water but do not fertilize. Plants need cool temperatures in order to re-flower and can take temperatures down to 32°F. Flowers last up to 2 months indoors and up to 3 months outdoors.
Low to Intermediate Light - North or East window exposure or South and West window if light is diffused by either patio or trees.
Bright Light - South or West window or North or East window if exposure is large or supplemented by skylight.