Posted 9th Nov 2016
Do you wish you could be more creative with the plants in your home but feel your lack of gardening knowledge is holding you back? Then orchids could be the solution for you
Contrary to the popular belief, the regal plant is actually extremely easy to look after - moreover, the orchid actually appreciates negligence to a certain degree. And with over 25,000 types, you can expect there will be one to compliment your own, personal style.
Tips & tricks
The orchid can add that little bit extra to any interior and if you follow these tips, you can ensure it lasts:
1. Place your orchid in a bright spot. However this does not mean placing it in direct sunlight!
2. Water it once a week. Do this by dipping its roots into a bucket or sink, ensuring you let it drain properly before putting it back into its pot. During winter, it's best to change this to every ten days.
3. You can prolong the bloom by giving it plant food once a month.
Try and avoid:
- Orchids are averse to the slightest of drafts, direct sunlight and hot conditions – therefore try to keep them out of these conditions.
- Do not place the orchid near a fruit bowl. They produce gases that can have a detrimental effect on flowers.
Should your orchid happen to lose its flowers or turn yellow and limp, there are a couple of steps you can take to reverse the decline:
- If your orchid is shedding flowers or flower butts, it is a sign that your plant hasn't had enough water or sunlight. Simply give it a more luminous surrounding, and soak its roots once a week.
- Yellow leaves can be caused by exposing your orchid to too much sunlight. Place it in light surroundings, but make sure it's out of direct sunlight. For instance, a side table near the window would be ideal.
- Limp leaves can indicate either a water deficiency or water excess. If the roots are grey, it means your orchid is struggling with water deprivation. Should that happen, it's best to soak your orchid in a bucket or sink for 10 to 15 minutes. Should the roots be brown, this indicates your orchid has been given too much water - sometimes the orchid will grow new roots after its bloomed.
Tips courtesy of https://www.orchidsinfo.eu/