Gardening novice alert!
Perhaps this is a hereditary problem, as my parents also seem to have trouble keeping orchids alive. However, over the past few months, I seem to have managed to kill two previously beautiful plants.
I have read various advice, both online and on the literature provided with the orchids. Watering a little once every two weeks; adding a couple of drops of orchid feed once a month; keeping out of direct sunlight. However, within a couple of weeks, one flower drops off, then another, then another... soon it's bare and the leaves begin to go wrinkly.
Firstly, I wonder whether I need to put some pebbles underneath the plastic container inside the pot, so that they don't sit in any water at all (not that I give them much). I kept them exactly as they were provided by the garden centre, assuming that set up would be fine.
I also wonder about positioning. The first I kept well inside the flat (i.e. not near a window) as a friend's orchid seemed to thrive in his living-room, despite being well away from the natural light of a window. Fail! So, for the second attempt, I placed it on the window-sill, which is brighter, however this position never gets any direct sun-light due to the positioning of the flat. In fact, we only ever have indirect sun-light in our living-room - which is where I want to keep it.
Amount of water and regularity - the same friend with the successful orchid said "neglect is the key" to keeping his lovely plant. However, upon trying this technique with the second orchid, I found that treating it mean did not keep it keen.
Does anybody have some tips that might enable me to go out this weekend, buy an orchid in the confidence that I can keep it alive, and not lament the waste of money a month or two later?!
Thanks for taking the time to read.