Is there an easy care long-lasting orchid?

Can you suggest the best easy care orchid plant. Also, which kind of orchid plant has flowers that last a long time. The orchids I have now finally get flowers but they only last a few weeks.

I like what is called a Phalaenopsis type Dendrobium. It’s a dendrobium hybrid orchid that has flowers last from 3-5 months. These are the most popular cut orchid flowers that we use.  The flowers come in  many, many different colors.

Purple phaleonopsis type dendrobium orchid

Phaleonopsis type dendrobium orchid

Light: Dendrobium orchids need lots of bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. Leaves should be a medium olive green color.

Water: Keep the medium barely most when the plant is actively producing new leaves. Once a terminal leaf appears indicating that the growth period has ended, allow the medium to dry out before watering.

Temperature: It’s very important for there to be a 15-20 degree change between daytime and nighttime temperatures in order to set the blooms. Temperatures around 80 degrees during the day and 65 degrees at night are ideal. Temperatures below 50 degrees can cause leaf drop.

fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.: Most orchid growers recommend a balanced (10-10-10 or similar) fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. “weakly, weekly” when the orchid plant is actively growing.  That means, feed every week with a plant food reduced to one quarter to one half of the recommended strength.

Humidity: Dendrobium orchids like 50-60 percent humidity. If the air in your home is dry, place your orchid on a wet pebble tray but be sure the plant is sitting on the pebbles and not in the water.

Pot Size: Change the potting medium every two to three years before the mix breaks down. Don’t rush to put these orchids into large pots. Dendrobiums grow best in small pots.