Posted: 01/11/2014 at 13:01
Hi there Mike. My son, who definitely does not have green fingers, has decided that of all my plants that he is supposed to care for whilst I am away for a month at a time the orchids are the easiest!
They like to be in the light, but not direct sunlight, and must never stand in water. I water once a week by placing the pots in a washing up bowl and watering from the top then leave for an hour or so (timing not crucial). Then they are lifted out of the water, drained and put back ion their pot covers and back on the window sill.
That's it. I currently have four - two in flower and two which have just finished after flowering from last Christmas. If the stem still has buds below the dead flowers leave well alone. If it is dry and dead looking cut it back.
Good luck. Well worth a try. Even if something goes wrong you will have had six months of stunning flowers for a fiver!