Orchids nowadays are one of the most popular plants – although it is not easy to care for them. In this post, we discuss all important aspects of orchid care!
Orchids are considered to be tropical plants, so their care can be really difficult. However, with about 25,000 species occurring almost everywhere in the planet – except in the Arctic and in particularly arid, rain-deprived areas – there are many hybrids among them that are excellent and easy to grow in our climate. It is no coincidence that they are among the most popular flowers – paying proper attention to some basic things, orchid care will not be a problem.
Orchids are not planted in regular flower soil but in a special planting medium. It is important that this soil has a loose structure, is airy and has good water permeability.
It is recommended to give the orchid plenty of water, once a week, using possibly rainwater. If not available, boiled and then cooled tap water is also suitable. As the orchid prefers high humidity, it is advisable to place gravel and clay granules at the bottom of the planter, so the root of the plant is not constantly in water, but the necessary moisture is present. It is best to choose a special flower pot made of transparent plastic which shows how dry the orchid’s root system is and when it becomes necessary to water it.
Orchid loves natural light, but does not like direct sunlight. It is best to keep it on an interior windowsill facing East or West (too little sunlight in the North and too much in the Summer may damage the plant). Orchids also love air movement and high humidity. In such an environment, however, there is an increased chance of rotting, molding and getting fungus infection – to avoid this, it is advisable to place the orchid in a ventilated, airy place. Nutrient solutions are also important for orchids, because the plant cannot absorb the necessary nutrients from the soil – as it is not rooted deeply in it.
Orchid is a tropical plant, so it has the potential to bloom several times a year. After it has blossomed, simply cut the stem above the second or third node to stimulate the plant. From this point of view, however, orchid is a delicate plant – many other conditions must be met for it to flower again. For example, there should be a difference of at least 5 degrees Celsius between day and night in the room where it stands (the more, the better). In addition, proper humidity and ideal airflow are also required. Furthermore, it is advisable to consult a florist how your orchid species should be cared for – some orchids are just different than others.