Orchids are wonderfully diverse and unique plants that captivate the hearts and minds of all gardeners. Complex and stunning, these flowers are very popular to decorate homes and offices. The problem for many comes in the misconceived notion that all plants, orchids including, must be grown in pots.
The clay or porcelain, or Heaven forbid plastic flower pots have been around since the age of our grandmothers. It seems to be an injustice to house such spectacular plants in such mundane trappings. Luckily, given the diversity of the orchid family, there are other solutions.
Many orchid keepers turn to baskets as an alternative to those drab flower pots. Orchids are delicate plants that require an incredible amount of care and upkeep. Keeping a flower in a basket provides some additional challenges then the mundane flower pots but the results far outweigh any extra time and effort.
Hanging the pots around the room or in front of windows will create a stunning display especially if you have an orchid that just loves to sprawl.
Remember, the root systems of the plant will be exposed in a hanging basket making it vulnerable to drying out. While you may be tempted to cut back these roots you will want to refrain from grabbing those pruning scissors.
Letting the roots stretch out will insure a natural growth process which will result in some magnificent flowers. Just keep these roots properly hydrated by misting them with a water bottle as needed.
In a recent article titled ‘Using Baskets as Orchid Pots’ Mr. Keltsch suggests using a large enough basket for your orchid so you do not have to replant it sooner than you need to. This is sound advice. Replanting a hanging orchid is a bit tricky so you do not want to do it until the plant absolutely needs it.
Using hanging baskets is a great idea to add a touch of creativity and ingenuity to your orchid collection. Just make sure that the plant is receiving the necessary sunlight and temperature and keep the root systems properly hydrated. Doing this will create stunning flowers and a wonderful addition to any décor.
To read more about repotting an orchid, here are 7 easy steps.