As a novice orchid grower I nearly killed my Phalaenopsis orchid last winter. The poor thing was brought indoors to keep warm but was left to languish in the back bedroom. It was out of sight and out of mind. Without regular watering and subjected to the drying heat, it lost nearly all its leaves. There were no blooms last year.
The leaves are still pretty sparse and have damaged areas but there are blooms this year. I'm hoping it will gradually make a comeback and grow more leaves as I take better care of it.
Even though I should have my orchid buying privileges revoked, I purchased two Paphiopedilum orchids this past fall. One put up a bloom spike and has rewarded me with a blossom. There are two more buds up there yet to open. I really like the mottled leaves of these orchids. These two are native to Viet Nam and like to stay moist but not soggy.
Somehow a Dendrobium found my shopping cart as I circled the 'rescue rack' at Lowes. It has done well and has rewarded me with blooms. In reading about my various orchids I have noted that they are each a bit different as to water and light requirements.
With the orchids back outside hanging on the backporch, conditions should be more to their liking. It's also easier for me to remember to water them when they are more visible. Their blooms come through at a time when color and life are much desired from the garden.