Orchids are preferred by plant lovers for the beauty of the flowers and the lasting nature of the blooms. As they are costly plants it is necessary to know about how to grow them in a healthy way before you add them to your plant collection.
Different orchid plants will have different needs to grow healthy. The light, humidity, and temperature requirement are different and hence you need to select the orchid variety which will be able to survive in your weather conditions. Any person starting to grow orchid should look for varieties which are easy to grow and maintain. You also need to consider the blooming frequencies of the variety if you want orchid flowers regularly in your garden.
Orchid plants are prone to diseases such as brown rot, black rot, yellowing of leaves etc. Watch the plants regularly for any change in the health of the plant. The infected plants should be isolated and should be treated. Excess exposure to sunlight will cause the leaves to turn yellowish.
Orchids do not require soil for their growth. They need an appropriate potting mixture. Bark and sphagnum moss are the most appropriate medium for growing orchids as they allow the air to move between the roots and to drain the water easily. Using regular soil will cause the roots to suffocate and eventually the plant will die. According to the growing medium selected water the orchids once in a week or once in two weeks. Moss has more water retaining capacity than bark.
Orchids need very little fertilizer for healthy growth. Adding too much fertilizer can damage the plant. It is better to supply the orchid plant with a strong solution once in a week can ensure proper growth and flowering. The fertilizer should be applied after watering the plants. Applying fertilizers on dry roots can damage the plant. You need to use balanced fertilizer containing the essential elements needed by plants.
Orchids are native to Asian countries which have a tropical climate. Hence, they need warm temperature and moderate sunlight for proper growth and producing beautiful blooms. Keep the orchid plants well hydrated when growing in warm areas. Keep the plants in areas which receive indirect sunlight throughout the day.
The orchids are a great addition to the outdoor garden and they are not difficult plants to grow. These orchids add beauty and attraction to an ordinary looking garden by its incredible flower colors, shapes and scents. Many believe that the orchids are very difficult to grow and bloom. But, on the contrary, these plants are easy to grow all over the world. They need proper care and attention in order to grow fast and to bloom. There are over 30,000 species of orchids and are mainly grown for the beautiful and attractive flowers. The pods of the vanilla orchid are used to add flavor to food, especially the bakery products.
Growing orchids outside
Grow orchids outside is not a difficult task. The following are some of the tips that you need to follow if you are looking to grow orchids in your garden.
Research on orchids
The first thing you need to do is to research on the orchids that will do well in your area. Research online and find out which species of orchids are listed in the area where you are. This is an easy way to know the kind of orchids you can grow in your garden without any inhibitions. The weather, climate, the soil and the surroundings have an impact on how the orchids grow.
Taking the orchids outdoors
It is very important to move the orchids that you are growing inside to the outdoors only after the winter season and the freezing temperatures are done with. Moving the plant outdoors during the frost season or winter season might result in the death of the plant.
Watering the orchids
As the orchids are exposed to the sun and air when placed outside, you need to make sure that it receives more water than what it received when it was indoors. Using mulch is a good option to keep the soil moist and also to keep the weeds away.
Orchids need better lighting
It is important to place the orchids in a shady area outside where it will not be exposed to a lot of light when you are moving the orchids from the indoors to the outdoors. You will have to slowly and gradually acclimatize the orchids to a great light intensity and as the time goes, you can move it to areas where there is very little shade. Placing them under shade cloth in direct sunlight will help them to grow better.
Preventing insect attacks
Add natural neem oil or horticultural oil and a few drops of the dish washing liquid to water and mix well. Spray this prepared liquid on the leaves of the orchids in order to keep the insects from attacking the plant. This has to be done once every 2 ½ to 3 weeks’ time. It is better to grow the orchids in hang pots or baskets that are lifted from the ground so that no pests can easily get access to the pots.
Orchids are ideal flowers for decoration as they bring an exotic look and feel to your home. Not only are they varied in looks and have a refreshing aura, these flowers can stay fresh for a long time, unlike other flowers that lose their freshness overnight. Here are some creative ways you can freshen up your home with such flowers, whether it is a special occasion or when you simply wish to decorate your home for everyday glamor.
Here are some creative ideas to explore
The above points highlight several ways orchids can be used to decorate your home. These flowers last longer and add a wonderful look of grace and elegance wherever they are placed.