Orchids Shouldn't Be Throw-Away Plants!! Here's How to Keep Them Alive
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How to Keep Your Orchid Alive
If you ever swore you wouldn't try to keep an orchid alive. You will surely love receiving them as gifts since they are beautiful and their flowering lasts for a long time. However, afterward, you find it difficult to make it bloom again.
As with all indoor plants, take time to learn what orchids need. In this article, we show you how to keep an orchid alive in your home and make it bloom again.
Selection of a large blooming orchid
There are more than 25,000 different species of orchids. However, the most common species you see in supermarkets are phalaenopsis orchids. Orchids like these are popular because they bloom for a long time and require relatively little maintenance.
The key to avoiding future problems is choosing a plant that is good to start with. Do not choose a plant that is not so good unless you are familiar with plant rehabilitation.
Choose an orchid with the tightest buds. These flowers will last longer because they haven't bloomed yet. You don't know how long the flowers are open in the store, and you don't want to ruin a flower.
Be sure to examine the leaves and stems for insects and fungal infections. They are often seen as brown or black spots, usually with yellow spots.
How to keep orchids in bloom
Once you have a good sample, proper care will increase your chances of survival and rebirth. Proper lighting is critical to the survival of an orchid.
Phalaenopsis orchids can survive in a poorly lit room. The more indirect and brighter the light it receives, the longer the bloom will last and the greater the chances of it blooming. Make sure to place it in a window that is exposed to direct sunlight ideally up to three hours of direct sunlight or a full day of sunlight.
Orchids like to maintain temperature, watering times, and light stability. Excessive deviations in any direction cause the bud to burst, the spontaneous death of flower buds.
Orchids also like their mounts to stay moist and not soggy. Orchids are also considered aerial or epiphytic plants and do not grow in the ground, they are usually filled with moss or even stones.
To keep the area moist, dress in sphagnum moss frequently and spray it while it dries, especially during flowering. It is normal to let the soil dry out a bit between waterings, but it is advisable to water it before it is completely dry. Orchids do not need fertilization while they are in bloom.
With proper care, the flowers will last two months or more before they fade.
Caring for orchids after flowering
Post-bloom care sets you up for future success or failure. As soon as the flowers expire, you can prune them or drop the flower stems naturally. When trimming, cutting the plug about an inch above the planting line. At this point, the orchid is in its dormant phase to store energy before blooming again.
You can repot your orchid in a clear plastic pot drained in half sphagnum moss, half orchid bark mix. Believe it or not, the roots are photosynthesized and exposure to light helps the plant a lot.
However, if you don't want to use a clear container, place it in a larger pot to cover it. During the resting phase, the plant will provide energy to new leaves and new roots. Now you can fertilize with liquid orchid fertilizer. Use according to the product instructions about once a month.
By following these simple rules, you can bloom your Phalaenopsis orchid about twice a year and keep it for a few months. After successfully blooming a phalaenopsis you should give other orchid varieties a try, such as Oncidium hybrids, jewel orchids, and lady slipper orchids.
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