Previously, orchids were very expensive and only a few people bought them to decorate their kitchens, living rooms, or offices. Nowadays, orchids are cheaper and much more widely available. Furthermore, people have realized that they can also thrive in the bedroom.
Orchids can thrive in the bedroom because most orchid species come from tropical climate locations where there is high humidity and high temperatures. And as we all know, most bathrooms have high humidity and high temperatures daily.
But while orchids can thrive in the bathroom, it is important to note that high humidity and high temperatures are not the only things they need to thrive. They also need light and good airflow. For this reason, they need to be located somewhere under a skylight or near a window to get some light. The location also needed to be slightly well-ventilated.
Bathroom orchids that do not well-ventilated often die quickly because of root rot.
What are the Best Orchids for Bathrooms?
Not all orchids can do well in bathrooms. Some are very well-adapted to thrive in the high humidity and high temperatures regularly found in bathrooms. However, most are not adapted to thrive in bathrooms. They start rotting quickly or get affected by mold when in bathroom environments.
The best orchids for bathroom aka the orchids that are best-adapted to thrive in bathrooms include Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilums, Dendrobiums, Miltonia, and Moth orchids. All these types of orchids can do well in the bathroom because of one reason or the other.
For example, Phalaenopsis orchids can thrive in the bathroom because they like high humidity and do not need a lot of care and attention to thrive. While orchids like Dendrobiums and Miltonia can also do well in bathrooms because they like high humidity and high temperatures (which can be a constant in your bathroom if you regularly take hot showers or hot baths).
Paphiopedilums can do well in most bathrooms because they need constant moisture, low light, plus weekly watering. We all know most bathrooms are not very well lit and have constant moisture in the air.
Moth orchids are probably the best orchids for the bathroom. This is because they are epiphytic and grow on trees and rocks in places where there is a lot of rain. They can grow well in bathrooms because of the moisture. However, in addition to moisture, they also need a strong but indirect light and good ventilation/ airflow to thrive. In bathrooms, moth orchids thrive the best in pots with a coarse bark planting mix.
Why People Buy Orchids for their Bathrooms?
Orchids are essentially very beautiful flowers. People buy them to beautify their bathroom sink counters, their shower shelves, or the top of their toilet bowl. They look really elegant when properly positioned in the bathroom.
People also buy orchids to make their bathrooms smell nice. Many orchids are known to release heavenly scents such as jasmine and lavender. Therefore, having them in the bathroom makes bathrooms smell really nice. Scented orchids are especially wonderful for those who like taking long relaxing baths because they create just the right exotic mood.
Lastly, people buy orchids for bathrooms because it is a cheap way to constantly have flowers in the bathroom. People love the good vibes flowers give and, therefore, love having them in the bathroom. But we all know flowers are expensive. For this reason, people are turning to orchids with long-lasting blooms to get flowers for free.
How to Make Orchids Thrive in the Bathroom?
To make orchids thrive in the bathroom, you will have to do several things. Most orchids, including the ones that are easy to care for, do need the right conditions to survive and to thrive. If the conditions are not provided, they die.
To make orchids thrive in the bathroom, you first have to get the right orchids. I have given a few examples up above of orchids that can thrive in the bathroom and the reasons why. It is up to you to find which one among them you like. Feel free to ask your local gardening shop attendant about the best orchids for the bathroom. They may have orchid varieties or species in mind that are more appropriate for your region.
Once you get the right orchids, you need to make sure you get the right planting/ orchid mix. Orchid like living in very well-draining “soil”. Therefore, you need to purchase a planting mix that is appropriate for them. If for some reason you cannot purchase a planting mix, you can create one yourself using moss, charcoal, sand, loam, and/ or tree barks.
After getting the right planting mix and planting your orchids, you need to position them somewhere near a window. When they can get exposed to bright but indirect light. Do not position them anywhere where their leaves can get noticeably warm. If you touch their leaves and feel that they are warm, you should move them a bit further from the light to avoid negatively affecting them.
Once you set your orchids in the right location or locations, you need to water them once every week. During winter when the water evaporates slowly, you need to water them even less (maybe once every two weeks. You also need to fertilize them with a weak fertilizer every week. This will provide them with the nutrients they need to grow, bloom, and rebloom. Fertilizing your plant weekly is probably the number one thing you need to do to ensure it thrives.
Lastly, you need to open your windows daily to promote air circulation in your bathroom. Lack of air circulation will result in your planting pots staying wet for longer leading to root rot. If you cannot keep your windows open, get a portable fan for your orchids.
When to Water your Bathroom Orchids more?
You should water your bathroom orchids more when they receive more light and when the ventilation is very good. Because the planting mix in which you grow them will dry faster under these conditions. You should also water your bathroom orchids more when there are low humidity and high temperatures. Again, the reason why is that the planting mix in which you grow them will dry faster under these conditions.
If you grow your orchids in small pots, you should also water them more because small pots dry faster. Clay pots being porous also need more watering because they lose a lot of water quickly.
When to Water your Bathroom Orchids less?
You should water your bathroom orchids less if there are little light and low ventilation in your bathroom. Because these conditions will reduce the rate of water loss from the planting mix in which you’ve grown your orchids.
You should also water your bathroom orchids less when the temperatures are cold because this reduces the rate of water loss. Orchids planted in plastic pots and large pots also require less watering because they dry slower.