Orchids are flowering plants that add a vibrant and aesthetic appeal to your home. You really need to keep these plants blossoming forever. Don’t you? So, how to keep your orchids happy? Here are some of the tips that will help you:
Orchids need a suitable temperature for their growth. The temperature requirement varies based on the type of orchid. For instance, Cymbidium and Odontocidium can flourish at 11 degrees Celsius during cold weather, whereas Phalaenopsis loves temperature around 15 degrees Celsius during winter season. Too much heat or too much cold is going to have a bad impact on the development of your orchids. Ensure that you control the temperature within your home. Typically, day temperature between 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and night temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit is encouraging for effective growth of Orchids. If you need your Orchids to bloom regularly then ensure that the temperature is controlled meticulously.
Humidity plays an important role in the development of Orchids. You need to maintain 50 -70% humidity to promote healthy growth of your orchids. Here is how you can make your orchids glow: Keep your orchid pot in a shallow container containing water and small round pebbles. This will ensure that the plant gets the much needed moisture to support its growth. Clean the water and pebbles at regular time intervals to maintain non-toxic water in the container.
Orchids need a good amount of air circulation to stimulate their growth. If you have a proper channel for ventilation in your home then this will really help your orchids to bloom consistently. Hot climates are not conducive for healthy development. Keep your orchids away from the direct heat or sun. Preferably, you can keep them shielded using blinds and shutters. If the temperature is too high then you would need to move your orchids further away from the source of heat. Use your table fan effectively to regulate the temperature.
There is a wide variety of orchid food available in the market. You need to select the right type of nourishment for your orchid. If you want your orchids to be happy then proper usage of fertilisers is a must. You need to provide your orchids the right blend of potassium, nitrogen and phosphorous. The amount and frequency of fertiliser usage is dependent on different factors like type of orchid, health of the plant and the outside climate. Failing to provide suitable fertilisers to your orchids will limit its growth. If your orchids are cultivated in bark then they would need more nitrogen compared to other elements. So choose fertilisers that have more nitrogen content. A word of caution is to avoid using excessive fertilisers as it might impact on the flowering of your plant and only produce more leaves.
Orchids generally don’t need a lot of water. You must sprinkle water on the soil and the frequency should be between 5 and 12 days. The requirement of water is seasonal and rain water is most suitable for orchids. During summer, orchids need more amount of water compared to winter. For producing the best results, water your orchids once a week during the summer and once every 2 weeks during winter. Watering your orchids at the start of the day is highly beneficial in improving their quality.
Every orchid plant has some obvious repotting needs. Potting is generally associated with different mediums. Coconut husk, perlite glass and bark are the most common mediums for cultivating orchid plants. If your orchid plant is potted in the bark medium then it is a must to be repotted every 18 months to ensure that the plant grows properly and provides high quality flowers.
Reblooming of orchids depends on various factors. If you have orchid varieties like Phalaenopsis then they will need minor changes in temperature to foster flowering. If you have Dendrobium then it might need change of fertilisers to stimulate blossoming.
The most common pests for your orchids are snails. They prohibit proper growth by damaging the roots and stems of your orchid plant. You will need to use suitable pesticides to minimize this threat and keep your orchids cheerful.
You also need to take proper care of your orchid flowers. Gently pull the flowers from their spike when they start turning brown. Cutting the spikes at regular time intervals ensures strong growth of your orchid plant.
All these steps will help to keep your Orchids really happy.