Posted 21st Oct 2016
We're beginning to approach the time of year when orchids will begin to make an appearance
If you receive an orchid, and are now wondering how to care for it properly, then virtual garden centre Potter and Rest have come up with some tips to help keep it looking good for longer.
They may have a reputation of being difficult to look after, but these simple steps reveal that they can be fairly easy to care for:
1. Do not overwater orchids as this can be fatal for them. Instead, leave it until the roots and compost are almost dry before watering.
2. Orchids are sensitive and benefit from a correctly balanced and quality feed, however it’s important to water between feeds. They don’t like a build-up of salts so it’s vital to flush an orchid with water before feeding to avoid a build-up.
3. Keep orchids in the shade as in the wild they would grow under the jungle canopy.
4. Using a correctly balanced orchid mix also makes a difference to the health of the plant. The mix needs to provide enough ventilation as well as release enough moisture, when the plant requires it. There are plenty of mixes to choose from at the garden centre and for more information and advice on the correct one for your specific type of orchid, please call in and ask one of our experts.
There are more than 70 species of orchids, but the most popular one in garden centres and florists is the Phalaenopsis. Within the home environment they are less sensitive to heat and light than the other varieties.
Image and tips courtesy of Potter and Rest