HOW TO GROW YOUR ORCHID

It’s the per­fect in­door plant re­quir­ing very simple care in a pot

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Fabulous Flowers -

WHAT TO CHOOSE

With el­e­gant and long-liv­ing flow­ers, the moth orchid (Pha­laenop­sis spp) is the per­fect in­door plant with an im­per­fect name – ‘but­ter­fly’ orchid seems more ap­pro­pri­ate! In the trop­ics most or­chids flower in the wild all year round. In Aus­tralia, where they are best kept in­doors, flowering de­pends on where you are. Most stop bloom­ing in spring or au­tumn.

CON­DI­TIONS

Give your moth warmth, mois­ture and a shady place with morn­ing sun­light, or bright, in­di­rect light.

CAR­ING FOR IT

Win­ter heat­ing keeps it warm, but this may dry out the grow­ing medium so check its mois­ture reg­u­larly. Wa­ter only the medium, not the leaves. In­stead lightly spray about – not on – leaves. Don’t let wa­ter pool in the cen­tre as this causes rot. In sum­mer, keep it moist and away from fans or air conditioni­ng.

REFLOWERIN­G

Once the last flower has gone, cut the spike to just above the lower node (or bump). A sec­ondary spike will emerge to pro­duce more flow­ers in a cou­ple of months.

Clus­ter sev­eral pots to­gether to create a flight of fancy.

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