Orchids have been known for ages as one of the more difficult plants to care for. The truth is, this isn’t the case as long as you have the proper tools and knowledge at hand when growing them.
The perfect combination of water, light, humidity, and type of soil usually becomes the issue for most people who choose to become involved with orchids. These things may seem a lot for a newbie orchid grower to think about but actually orchids aren’t as finicky and fragile as you may think.
Orchids stood the test of time for many reasons. One reason in particular is that they are tough. They are extremely good at withstanding many beginners’ mistakes. And in the end even with those mistakes, they can still grow beautifully like they have been cared for by expert hands.
Of course, it is still best if they are grown following some expert tips and advice. Eliminating these beginners’ blunders can produce even more beautiful plants. So if you’re thinking about growing orchids, be sure to follow this checklist carefully to ensure that you can have picture perfect plants in both appearance and health:
- Know its type and how to properly care for it. According to the most recent count, there are currently over 35,000 species of orchids in the world. This means that no particular set of instructions would fit every single one of them. Remember that each type may have different needs from each other. A good tip is to find out where they grow in the wild and provide the same environment for them at your home.
- Repotting is essential. Orchids are all about the roots. They have one of the most fast growing root systems in the plant kingdom. When you think that their current pot cannot sustain the roots anymore, then it is time to repot them. Failure to do this will result in stagnant growth and can even cause rotting and death. Remember that orchids need a lot of air circulation in their roots to breathe so periodically transfer them to larger pots when you can.
- Practice division. If you do not know what division is, then here’s a crash course. You call dividing a large plant into two smaller-sized plants “division”. This will provide the plant a greater chance of being healthy and producing an impressive array of blooms. Some orchids grow very large and produce more blossoms. Remember that flowering takes a lot of energy from the plant, and division will also divide the energy it takes for the plant to bloom. This will produce smaller plants, but they will be healthier.
- Location, location, location. Another important thing to remember when thinking of “essential orchid care instructions” is the location where you put your orchid. Because orchids have drastically different requirements from each other, moving them from one location to another, even temporarily, can be detrimental to their health. Be considerate enough that when you see it thrive in a place of humidity, do not move it somewhere else where it can dry out. Another thing to remember is that most orchids actually prefer shaded light and grow best outside (under a shaded tree for example). So you should definitely find a place where that requirement is met.
- Rotate your orchids. This tip is essential for growers who love seeing orchids bloom. You should have orchids that are in both “NBS” and “BS” cycles at the same time. This will ensure that you as a grower will always be engaged in all parts of the orchid life cycle. This will also ensure that you have blooming flowers all year long.
Remember that these orchid care instructions are time-tested and proven effective. So if you wish to become an expert orchid grower, you must master these few tips. When you do, you’ll soon be on your way to producing orchids of the highest quality and beauty. One more thing to remember in orchid care is that there are no shortcuts. Do everything in a timely manner and enjoy your adventure in orchid growing.
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