Some peace of mind when car­ing for or­chids

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.

If you have any gar­den­ing ques­tions you want an­swered you can email me: jor­dan1­ and I’ll get back to you as soon as pos­si­ble.

Peace out peace Or­chids are a tra­di­tional sign of

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