The Art of Growing Orchids
It is quite easy to pop into your local grocery store and find Orchids to buy; they are absolutely beautiful and add a touch of elegance to a home.
But just as easily do these orchids die and end up end the bin, some end up in the bin at the first sign of wilting.
But there is life for an orchid after the first flowers drop, and if you follow the below easy tips you can get your orchid to flower again very easily.
There are so many different variations of orchids; you could have a whole collection. They are actually quite easy to care for if you get the basic needs of the plant taken care of.
The needs of most plants are simple, correct light, temperature and humidity and these are easy to achieve.
So once you have your orchid settled down and thriving, you can admire your beautiful addition to your home or move on to your next hobby like researching the best Australian betting apps.
– When you first acquire your orchid, make sure to keep the tag which details the type of orchid and the care instructions. Sometimes different species of orchids require a different regiment of care, so knowing which plant you have can help keep you beautiful plant alive much longer.
– Humidity is key; orchids need to be kept in an environment with at least 50% humidity. You could purchase a humidifier to place near your orchid or you could mist your orchid daily with a bottle of water to mimic humidity. Also a good option is to place the orchid pot on a tray of pebbles; these pebbles collect the water and create humidity for the plant.
– Sunshine is a key part in your orchid’s growth and life, so knowing where to place your plant in your home is vital. Orchids need strong sunlight but not direct searing afternoon sunlight. Every now and then you could place the orchid on your kitchen windowsill, and soak it down. The sunshine and water will give it a great boost.
– Water consistently but not too often, the most common cause of death in orchids is literally drowning! Orchids do need a lot of water but not so much as people think, they should be allowed to dry out a bit between watering, think torrential downpours with a few dry spells.
Check the soil at least an inch deep into the soil; if it’s dry it needs some water, if it is moist put down the watering can!
– Fertilize weekly when the orchid shows new growth but stop once the plant goes dormant
– Once your orchid stops flowering after you have purchased it, you should repot the orchid. The roots of orchids need airflow around them, and if they are shop bought they should be packed tight in a little pot. By repotting the orchid you let the roots breathe and dry out, leading to the root rotting and dying – dead orchid. Purchase specialised orchid pots and repot with orchid potting mixture (chunky material like bark or charcoal), this potting mix allows for drainage and drying of the roots. Remember trim any rotten roots!
If you follow these simple tips you will have a long lasting orchid that will bloom and grow for years to come.