Orchids are some of the most beautiful flowers to grow. As you know, an orchid has three sepals and three petals and can survive most environments. For it to thrive extraordinarily, it needs a right balance of light, water, and humidity. However, despite your best efforts, your orchid may get brown, crinkled edges, stems that refuse to bloom or leaves that drop. Thus, when all this hazard happens, you need to know how to act. Keep reading and see a few tips on how to rejuvenate your orchid in order to make a full recovery.
Here they are, the best tips and tricks you should know:
1. Use tepid water
First off, you should water your orchid with tepid water. You should do this if you notice that the pot is light when lifted. Thus, fill to the top and allow the water to drain through the bottom. Continue this every four days so that the medium, such as the fir bark or tree fern, dries out a bit before the next watering. After the four days, continue watering once per week or when the pot is light when lifted.
2. Indirect sunlight is best
Move your plant to where indirect sunlight is available for at least 10 to 15 hours. Furthermore, during summer, the room temperature should be 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter, you should not expose your orchids to anything colder than 60 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and 50 degrees at night.
3. No spikes so it can thrive
Also, you should remove the spikes if you notice that the flowers did not emerge within two months. Place your scissors at the base of the stem between the fleshy leaves and cut.
4. Saturate it right
Place the plant under the faucet and water the top of the medium. Put commercial orchid food in a bowl and dilute with 50 percent water or follow the directions on the package. Pour the food into the medium and saturate the roots.
Re-pot the orchid if the above steps do not work. Change the medium in orchids to a medium-grade orchid bark for plants in 5-inch pots and above. Smaller pots benefit from moss because it dries out evenly. When roots are damaged, the wire can act as a replacement. Cut the bad roots off and then wind long, thin wire around the plant’s base and into the soil. Place the plant back into the container.
Even more useful tips you probably can use are:
– supplement with artificial light.
– mist your orchid once or twice a day to help with hydration.
– refrain from allowing your orchid to sit in direct sunlight. If a stem is at all green, don’t cut it. This is the plant’s way of getting nutrients and moisture back up the spike. Overfeeding can destroy an orchid’s roots.