Truthfully, growing orchids can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Most people get intimidated by them, thinking that is too difficult to care for them, but in reality is the complete opposite. To help you, I will share with you some tips that I have used in my own garden when growing and maintaining orchids that will have them lasting for years. First, let's talk about what you need to do. In order to be successful in their development, you will need the following:
1 - Light
Most orchids need little or no direct sunlight. In doors, you should look for a location near windows. Outdoors, it is important to keep them in the shade. Good light conditions are essential to stimulate flowering and growth.
2 - Water
Water, in addition to the light, is an extremely important element when caring for orchids. Try to use soft water when watering your orchids, such as bottled water, running water, or rainwater. Avoid water saturation of the roots. Good drainage is crucial to their growth. They need a light and porous soil to prevent compaction of the substrate. It is optimal to let the soil partially dry between watering.
3 - Nutrients
There are two methods of providing nutrients to orchids. First, nutrients can be provided through irrigation water with fertilizers specific to these plants through the roots. Second, orchids can obtain nutrients through foliar fertilization, which is absorption through the leaves. To encourage flowering, formula 10:30:20 is commonly used. During other periods, the balanced formula 20:20:20 or 18:18:18 are preferred.
4 - Temperature
Always keep in mind that orchids are mostly native to the tropics. They should not exceed exposure to temperatures above 30 degree Celsius/86 degrees Fahrenheit. Moisture is one of the most important environmental factors for their care. Orchids need warm temperatures with high humidity of about 40% or higher.
5 - Reproduction
Orchids are one of the most advanced plant species in the plant kingdom that have developed different methods of reproduction. Typically, sexual fertilization from the pollen is undergone. On the other hand, asexual reproduction consists of cutting a flower stem (above a node and below a dried spike) after flowering to cultivate new flowers. Carefully remove the thin skin that covers the tip of the node. That way, it is able to receive more light and stimulate the keiki.
6 - Transplant
During their lifespan, orchids will need a few transplants. If compressed, they are able to live well even in small containers,. In fact, this could even stimulate flowering. Do not make a transplant during flowering period because a sudden change in the environmental conditions may cause the flowers to fall.
In summary, if you'd like to enjoy orchids in the serenity of your own space, attempt to follow these simple tips. I'll ensure you that your orchids will be healthier and more vibrant than ever. Keep in mind these key factors: light, water, and nutrients, after that reproduction will occur. If you use the ceramic balls in the base of the pots to hold water, do not allow them to make contact with the roots of the orchids. Lastly, always consider a small fountain in the middle of your garden to provide humidity for the orchids to thrive.The running water will help sustain your orchids, even while you're at work. Like little kids, orchids just need a hand to help them grow and blossom.