Taking Care of Orchids Made Easy

Orchids are considered the next best thing to cherish after pets. Like our cats and dogs, these special plants deserve ample attention. Unlike animals, these organisms cannot express emotions to convey their conditions to us.

Our pets can tell us if they need food and water at any time; plants cannot. The only way to know if orchids are doing well is by observing them regularly. Orchids are versatile by nature. They can survive without water and fertilizer for a longer period of time.

The natural beauty and variety of orchids enhances any garden or home decor.

Orchids normally grow in rainforests. However, they are capable of adapting to any environment as long they have moisture supply and sunlight. These characteristics that the orchids possess make them suitable to live at the comforts of your living room.

To make orchids release their natural beauty, as can be gleaned in its flowers and stems, applying the proper orchid care is very important. Knowing these simple tips is crucial to make growing orchids an enjoyable rewarding experience.

Gather much information about the orchid specimen you have bought from the supplier. During purchase, these vendors tend to give you the common name. Knowing this name will give a chance to find information and details about its anatomy over the Internet or books. Knowing parts of the orchid will provide you sufficient understanding on how they thrive.

Since orchids grow naturally in rain forests, they need proper watering and humidity to thrive.Water your orchids within a maximum of three days per week. Orchids vary in water requirements. They are epiphytes, meaning, they do not live on soil thus soaking their roots on water is actually deadly for them. Make sure you provide them with water only when they are nearly drying out.

Expose your orchids in any source of light. Fluorescent and incandescent bulbs are the best sources when keeping orchids in a confined area where sunlight is not available; making them ideal indoor ornamental plant.

When orchids are placed outside the house, make sure that the sunlight cannot directly strike the plant. Just place the orchids near sun-exposed area. Direct exposure causes the leaves to produce black blotches. These blotches are commonly known as leaf “sunburn”

Nourish your orchids with fertilizers only once a month. By nature, these plants can survive in a nutrient-lacking environment. A fertilizer is only an enhancement to make orchids bloom with flowers.

When you are applying fertilizers, dilute a small quantity of the fertilizer in water; although it’s best to consult plant experts if you are not too sure of the fertilizer amount to use because different fertilizers vary in potency. Diluting the fertilizer in water ensures that all the roots can be soaked with the chemical and absorbed the nutrients.

Always monitor your orchids against pests.  Insects like aphids, mealy bugs, and spider mites love to chew the delicate flowers. However, these pests cannot be easily seen.

So you might want to use a magnifying glass to inspect the leaves, above and under, to really make sure that they are absent in your flower. Consult your vendor for proper removal once you found any. Do not attempt to cure your orchids on your own; you might do more harm to it than good, especially if you’re a novice planter.

Transfer your orchids from one container to another once a year. This is called re-potting. It provides orchids the opportunity to expose its roots for a while.

Before securing the orchids to a new container, remove the soil carefully to expose dead roots and trim them. While exposed, check the roots for parasites and bugs as well.

Like any plant, orchids need adequate light, but keep your indoor orchids somewhere you can carefully control the amount of direct light they receive.Observe your orchids once a month and look for any sign of new plant growing on the stems and roots. When they are about an inch long, especially when they developed their own roots, it’s time for you to carefully cut them from the base and replant them on small containers with humus. Let them establish their own root system before transplanting them onto their permanent pot; usually it takes them 2 months to fully develop.

If you noticed perplexing orchid conditions like unexplained wilting or cessation of flowering, consult a plant pathologist or any qualified personnel immediately.  You can do this drastic move when all the steps mentioned earlier fail. Sometimes a viral or fungal infection is causing these to happen, which only an expert knows the proper remedy.

If you follow the simple steps given above, there should be no reason for you to be frustrated with your orchid.

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