Orchids have the reputation for being hard to grow; however, it shouldn’t be that hard if you know the conditions that will allow it to thrive. Here are some guidelines to remember so you can successfully plant orchids:
- Place the orchid in a pot. First, make sure that you trim off dead roots from the orchid – just leave roots that are solid and firm to the touch. Rinse the root system thoroughly, and then place them in the pot (a plastic one is best) with the appropriate soil mixture. The crown of the orchid should only be a few inches below the top of the pot; you can use wire to secure the plant until the roots become firmly established. Do know that you will have to repot the orchid within two years (sometimes one), before its root system outgrows the container. Another thing to remember is that you should place the orchid in the pot only when it is in bud, but not when it is blooming (otherwise the flowers might die).
- Know the conditions that an orchid requires. There are many types and varieties of orchids, with different levels of required conditions. Generally, however, orchids need the following conditions for them to grow properly: high humidity, good air circulation and direct sunlight (particularly during the winter months). Do note, however, that orchids, which naturally have soft and limp leaves, are usually very sensitive to light, and they will be better off receiving only indirect sunlight. You should also make sure to water your orchid adequately, being sure that the water seeps down to its roots (see number 3).
- Know how to water the orchid. First of all, remember that you should never let your orchid sit in a water-logged pot. Water in such a way that the soil becomes moist, but never overly so. Remember that it is essential for orchids to enjoy excellent air circulation: too much water in effect suffocates them. Generally, orchids need only to be watered once a week, with the soil being allowed to dry out in between the watering. Orchids thrive in humidity as well, so it’s good for them to be misted with a water spray every now and then.
- Know how to fertilize the orchid. It is very important to supply orchids with fertilizers. Do know that you should only apply fertilizer during its period of full and active growth. Use a diluted liquid fertilizer, as well as occasional misting of seaweed extracts or fish emulsion.
- Watch out for signs that your orchid isn’t growing properly. Some signs to watch out for include wrinkled or yellowing leaves, and absence of blooms. When any of these happen, consider moving your orchids to a sunnier spot, and to make some adjustments with watering and/ or fertilizing.
Successfully planting orchids will really entail a lot of care and effort on your part, but then again if you’re truly a lover of plants, you will find that the thriving blooms of a beautifully-grown orchid plant will be worth all the time and effort you exert. Good luck, and hope this helped you out!