Some peace of mind when caring for orchids
Orchids have long been a symbol of peace and elegance, often given as gifts due to their mass of unique large blooms.
But unfortunately many people don’t know how to care for these tropical plants and end up killing them after a couple of months.
This is due to a number of factors ,including overwatering.
Orchids don’t like to be wet and will eventually rot from the bottom upwards if they are.
I water my orchids by placing a couple of ice cubes on the surface of the soil every week. This will help prevent the plant from rotting and will hopefully keep it alive for a much longer period of time.
Another tip is to position the plant in a bright, indirect environment such as a north facing window.
Orchids like sun but not too strong otherwise they will burn.
They prefer room temperature so try to avoid placing plants near radiators or windows with a draft.
A shelf near a bright window is ideal.
After your plants have finished blooming, don’t throw them away.
If you look closely on the stem you will see scale-like rings which all have the potential to release another flower spike.
If you cut a few scales down from the previous stem it is likely that a new green stem will emerge in a couple of months bringing a whole new set of flowers.
Eventually your orchid will need to be re-potted into a larger container.
This should take place every 18-24 months.
It can be difficult to find the right substrate to plant your orchid into, but a general orchid bark should work fine if you can source it.
Make sure that the container has drainage holes so that water doesn’t collect at the bottom of the pot. Many orchids go through a resting period, usually during the winter months; this is when watering and feeding should be reduced significantly.
Orchids have roots which appear above the soil known as ‘air roots’.
These roots are designed to capture nutrients from the air to feed the plant so don’t be tempted to remove these.
I hope you have found these tips helpful.
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