Orchids are incredibly beautiful flowers, their color and form are lovely and interesting, and some of them are scented as well. Many people who would like to grow orchids in their home believe that their efforts would only be rewarded with failure, so they never even try. This is a mistake, as many orchids are quite easy to grow and will reward a bit of care with spectacular blooms. Reading up on the needs of whatever species in which you are interested will assure you of success.
The correct amount of light will be essential if the orchid is to grow well and produce blooms. Many orchids enjoy diffuse light similar to that found in their original habitat of the rainforest. Placing one of these orchids on an east windowsill will often provide for all their light needs.
The orchid will let you know, by not blooming and by the leaves turning yellow, if the amount of light is wrong. Depending on where the orchid is growing, moving it to a situation of either more or less light will usually fix this problem. Sometimes artificial lighting can help with an orchid that is having trouble with light.
It is generally not a good idea to plant orchids in soil, even a general potting mix for houseplants. Most orchids grown as houseplants are air plants, and originate as plants that grew far above the ground. These orchids root themselves in the debris of bark and dead plant and animal parts on the limbs of rainforest trees, and never put their roots into actual soil. There are quite a few special potting mixes designed for orchids that are composed of bark, coconut fiber, or sphagnum moss that will provide the proper medium in which to grow the orchid.