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.