How to look after an Orchid
Today I am going to share with you some care tips for Orchids.
First of all, what do you need to know about Orchids? Of course, they are plants, beautiful live plants!
Now in some cases care tips might change following your Orchid type. So please be sure what type of Orchid you have to be sure what kind of care tips to use as well!
Orchids are stunning, but they can be a little tricky to keep them alive. You need to be very careful and know what to do. If you’re an orchid beginner, it is good to do your little research about them or even to watch video on YouTube because that will help you a lot! I remember when I bought my first orchid I was so nervous and excited at the same time so I went on YouTube and I discovered an excellent channel which helps me a lot to realise a few things. So, here is the Channel called ” MissOrchidGirl”. This girl is amazing, and she will help you a lot!
“Orchids are one of the most diverse plant families, and there are thousands of different species. One set of conditions isn’t going to work for all, so it’s important to be familiar with the type that you’re going to grow,” Dr Dale Dixon, curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney told The Huffington Post Australia.
Now the most famous and usual orchid species and the one that we are going to talk about today is the Phalaenopsis orchid (also known as moth orchid) which have large tongue-shaped leaves. You can find it in a variety of colours, from white, to purple, to yellow etc.
In a nutshell, orchids require warmth, moisture and a hefty dose of food to keep them chugging and re-flowering. We’ve nutted this out for you in three snackable chucks to kick you off on your orchid journey.
Orchids are not familiar and do not like the cold. It is always better to keep them indoors, especially during winter time.
When it comes to placement indoors, the general rule is bright yet indirect sunlight. I always suggest that the Orchid pot should be next to a window to gain this brightness but not direct hot!
Orchids require moist, well-draining conditions.
“Over-watering is a risk, especially with moth orchids,” Dixon said. “Sometimes, they’ll be sold to you in containers that have their roots wrapped in sphagnum moss. If you water it upright in that container, it will fill up with water and die. So always check this, and make sure to invert and drain the container.”
If you find yourself with an orchid in a sealed container, Dixon suggests re-potting it straight away with an orchid potting mix — either bark, perlite or moss (or a combination of both).
Another important thing when your orchid isn’t flowering is the fertiliser. So be sure that you fertilise when is needed.
This step is missing from everyone. So do i. In the begging, I never thought that Orchids needs to be feed. But plants need food to keep them chugging — and orchids are no exception.
“They love to be fed. As long as you fertilise regularly, they’ll perform well,” Dixon said. “You can even go as far as buying a recommended fertiliser when they’re flowering and another one for when they’re in vegetative growth.
If you keep doing this, you will see that you can keep them alive and that they have a more significant chance to bring it back to flowering.
So, guys that was all about Orchids for today. Easy right? Keep doing this little tips and you will be fine. Also, do not forget that learning is the best thing that you can do. So, keep learning and searching to be happy for your Orchids and the opposite.
Lots of Love,