Orchids are the revelation of the last years in the field of indoor plants. In the minds of most of us, the orchid is imagined as a fragile, short-lived plant. That’s what I bought the first orchid and I saw the flowers last for months! But after the blossoming ends, how do we cause a new flowering? Here are some things to consider:
Both during flowering and in the interval of flowering, the roots of the plant must always have adequate humidity. In the summer, the orchid once every 7-10 days, and in the winter every two weeks. Important: Do not let the water pour into the pot.
Another problem is low humidity in dwellings in the winter. Avoid placing the orchid near the radiators! Winter will appreciate a lot if you put the pot on a gravel tray where water is always on. The water that will evaporate will create a microclimate that will make the indoor atmosphere for orchids.
Fertilization is as important as watering, and the orchid must receive fertilizers once a month. You can find special fertilizer for orchids in the trade. We recommend organic fertilizers because they are not pollutants.
Not too much, but not too much. Most orchids refuse to bloom because they do not have enough light. Keep in mind, therefore, that orchids love an intense natural light, but suffer if they are placed in direct sunlight.
A notable temperature difference between day and night (5-10 degrees Celsius) will stimulate the plant to regain its flowering. If it is difficult for you to secure this condition, you can place it for a few days in the shady, cool place.
The orchid has air roots. Thus, besides moisture, they must also be well ventilated. You can shoot two birds with one stone if, after flowering, you move the plant (without disturbing too many roots) into a bowl with lateral holes.
Warnings and tips
– The best watering method is sinking the flower into a pot with water for 5 minutes.
– Important: After watering, leave the pot to drain, so the water does not pour into the plate!
– Avoid watering the leaves.
– The orchid is watered in the morning, never during night!
– Orchids love tannins. So you can add a cork stopper from a bottle of red wine, cut into small pieces, into the orchid’s soil.
– Important: the plant growth tip (at the base of the plant, at the center of the leaf rosette) must always remain dry!