Myth: orchids are an extremely troublesome plant to grow, and unless you’re an expert on orchid care, there’s no point even trying to grow one. Well anyone can grow and maintain orchids providing they observe the simple rules.
I’ve added several of my desirable tips on orchid care and maintenance that will help you grow healthier orchids every year:
Find The Proper Container And Re-pot Your Orchid.
When you bring your new orchid home from your garden center or nursery, you will need to re-pot it in fresh potting mix to help avoid the spread of possible disease. Place your new orchid in a location away from your other houseplants for about one week before re-potting. You can use any type of plastic or clay pot; however, it’s crucial that your pot provides sufficient holes at the bottom for adequate ventilation, and that the pot is not overly big for your orchid.
Orchids are not fast growing plants, but they necessitate re-potting about every two years as they outgrow their old container.
Give Your Orchid the Proper Mix
Most orchids do not grow in familiar soil like most common houseplants. Most tropical species of orchids grow on trees in lush tropical climates. As a result, orchid roots make the bark of these trees their home. Other favorite locations for orchids to grow are in rocks and organic material that allow the orchid’s root to draw plenty of water, yet have adequate ventilation to completely dry out.
As a result, purchase a potting mix that’s very similar to the material that your orchid specie would organically grow in; a mix that provides sufficient ventilation and drainage.
Find The Correct Location
Placing your gorgeous orchid in the right location of your home is an essential part of orchid care and maintenance. The best position is in a south facing window that gets lots of sunlight, but with see-through curtains on the window to slightly dampen or diffuse the light source. Orchids will get half a day of sunlight in their natural environment, but sunlight that is slightly dampened by the lush foliage surrounding it. If practical, open a window near your orchid so it gets a good breeze to help dry the roots out before the next watering. Alternatively, you can use a small fan set on low and not too close to your plant.
Find The Right Temperature
Orchids do like a warm temperature of about 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit (18-30 degrees Celsius). They can endure temperatures slightly beyond this temperature range, but not for lengthy periods of time. Providing these orchids have suitable air flow and high levels of humidity, they can tolerate temperatures that are significantly warmer.
During the day, orchids make energy in the form of carbohydrates and stores it. At night when the temperature drops, this energy is used for the plant’s growth. It produces during the day, and grows at night. Therefore, the variation of temperature is vital for orchid’s growth and care.
The Correct Amount Of Water Is Essential For Orchid Care
In the tropics where most orchids call home, they get thoroughly soaked from torrential rains and may go without water for weeks depending on whether it’s the rain or dry season. As in the wild, give your orchid a good drenching to simulate a torrential rain, but make sure you let the water entirely drain from the bottom of the pot. Giving your orchid too little water is better than giving it too much. Don’t let your orchid just sit in water. Extended periods of time in water will rot the roots.
To define when to water these plants, stick a pencil part way into the potting mix. If the pencil tip is moist, you’re fine. If it’s dry, it’s time to water.
Orchid care and maintenance is no more complicated than maintaining common houseplants, it’s just different. Orchids have developed in some very unique settings for thousands of years. Providing your orchid with care that emulates the wild will keep it healthy and happy.