There are tips for growing healthy orchids.
I absolutely love orchids. And I like them even better when I manage to keep them alive!
Orchids can be tricky to grow. But the flowers are oh, so elegant when they bloom.
This pale yellow orchid is one that I found at Trader Joe’s a month or so ago. The miracle in that is it is still blooming without any problems!
I think orchids take a certain touch that I haven’t quite developed yet. But I’m working on it, because I love a variety of house plants.
Because there’s really nothing quite like the exotic flowering orchid.
The History Of Orchids:
Orchids belong to the family Orchidaceae.
Over 30,000 species of orchids inhabit every corner of the planet except for the driest deserts and Antarctica.
Orchids are one of the largest and oldest families of plants in the world.
The flowers of the orchid come in a range of colorful shades. Some have plain-colored petals and others are speckled.
Determining Your Orchid’s Health:
If your orchid isn’t blooming, insufficient light is the most common cause. Leaf color indicates whether the amount of light is adequate.
The signs of a healthy orchid is when the leaves are green, firm, and rubbery.
It is normal for the bottom leaf to turn yellow and fall off. This is often to make room for a new leaf.
But it can also mean that the orchid is getting too much light, has endured a low temperature, or has started to develop root rot due to over-watering.
A plant with root rot will have brown and mushy roots. Healthy roots will be green and plump.
Very dark green leaves probably means that your orchid isn’t getting enough light. Move it to a place where it will receive lots of bright indirect sunlight.
If the leaves turn white, it is receiving too much light. Limp leaves may mean the plant needs water.
If the top of the leaves turn reddish, your orchid may be sunburned or have a nitrogen or phosphorus deficiency.
How To Water Orchids:
Most orchids require water once a week.
Water when the soil is slightly damp to the touch. Thoroughly wet the plant’s soil, but avoid over-watering.
The American Orchid Society says to water your orchid or orchids early in the morning. This will insure that there is complete water evaporation by nightfall.
The best place to water your orchid is in the kitchen sink.
How To Pot Orchids:
Put your orchids in the smallest pot the roots will fit in.
Repot into orchid mix during the active growing season when the plant is producing new roots. Then stake the plant until it’s established.
Potting your plant in a clear pot is desirable. Plastic pots are very easy to clean and reuse, as well as disinfect.
You can better monitor your orchid’s health in a clear pot.
Repot your orchid every year of two. Or when crowded roots push up and out of the pot.
Moisture balance is very critical to orchid care.
Most orchids grow best in intermediate light conditions, such as a bright windowsill facing east or west.
Feed weekly with a fertilizer designed for orchids.
Growing Orchids As A Hobby:
For some, the growing of orchids becomes a satisfying hobby.
Seeing the burgeoning of a new bloom can be very fulfilling. And you don’t have to be a pro.
The American Orchid Society has been around since 1921.
You can go to their website to learn more about orchids and/or become a member.
The goal of the American Orchid Society is to increase member satisfaction and participation. They also have an award-winning Orchids magazine.
To promote the appreciation of orchids, the American Orchid Society delivers the most up-to-date, accurate, educational information about orchid culture and sponsors research and conservation initiatives to improve the outlook for orchids around the globe.” – The American Orchid Society.
Look to social media to find other orchid lovers.
Orchids are not known to be toxic to dogs and cats.