If you like plants, you probably know about orchids and may have considered having an orchid to decorate your home. Here we tell you that orchids are perfect indoor plants to give some color to any space in your house. Read on to find out all you need to know if you decide to have your own orchid.
Choose the species of orchid you want to have
Maybe you don’t know, but there are many species of orchids. It is important that you keep this in mind when choosing your orchid, since the care of the flower depends on the species. We recommend that if you are new to orchids you choose a species that is easy to care for.
Replant your orchid
If you have purchased your orchid in a botanical shop, the first thing you should do is replant it. Remember that orchid roots must be exposed to light, so choose a clear pot for your plant.
Orchids are plants that get their nutrients from tree bark, so it is recommended that you plant them between pieces of bark instead of in soil. They are very hardy plants due to their tropical origin, but you should still repot your flower every couple of years to make sure that it never lacks the nutrients it needs to be healthy.
Your orchid needs light!
Like every plant, your orchid will need light to grow. Place your orchid in a place where it will receive light, but not in direct sunlight. Your orchid will bloom normally as long as you do not subject it to too much heat or too much cold.
Watering your orchid
As we have already told you, orchids are quite hardy plants that do not need much water to survive. You must be very careful not to overwater them. You should also keep in mind that you cannot water an orchid with regular water. Some of the components of the water we receive through our pipes can damage your flower. Ideally, you should water it with mineral water.
How and how often you should water your orchid will always depend on the environmental conditions in your home. You should water it more if you live in a very hot place. In any case, you should wait until your plant’s substrate is a little dry before watering.
You can water the base of your plant and let it drain away very well. Another method is to use a spray to moisten the soil of your orchid. The most important thing is that you never let the watering water get stuck in the pot, as this can damage your plant.
Let your flower get some fresh air, without exposing it to drafts. If an orchid doesn’t get some ventilation, you expose it to disease.
Should I fertilize my orchid?
The answer is: definitely yes. There are specialized orchid fertilizers that you can get from garden shops. Try to fertilize your plant on a monthly basis, you will see what beautiful flowers you get. Remember that like every living thing, your orchid needs to absorb nutrients in order to blossom strong and healthy.
Some additional tips
– Try not to get the flowers wet when watering your orchid. If you do it by accident, dry them with a clean cloth.
– Fungus and bacteria can make your plant sick and spread to other plants, so if you notice that your orchid is sick, you should keep it away.
– Cut off the stem of your orchid if the plant has lost its flowers.
If you are as much in love with orchids as we are you will surely have no problem following these simple tips to get a beautiful and healthy orchid in your home.
In short, knowing what kind of orchid you have is vital. Depending on the species, there will be specific care that your flower should receive. Always keep in mind that your orchid needs to receive some light, but not be exposed to direct sunlight. It also needs to be given fresh air and water like any other plant, but not over watered.
Let us know how you make out with our advice!