The orchids or Orchidaceae is called a very popular and spread around the world plant.
Proper orchids care
Orchids are just behind the daisy family, the so-called Asteraceae, the second largest group in the range of the bedecktsamigen plants.
They are considered especially beautiful. For this reason, the orchid is the queen among the plants for many flower lovers.
The biodiversity of the orchid is huge. In total there are up to 30.000 approved species. The following text describes some tips and tricks for the care and good handling of orchids. It also discusses which mistakes orchid care often makes.
Basically, the orchid is a very easy to use plant that is not very demanding.
However, there are a few mistakes that can be made in orchid care. So that this does not happen and the orchids feel well, the following text provides information on how to do it right.
How can the growth of orchids be promoted?
The growth of the orchid can be optimally promoted with the right framework conditions. This includes the purchase of a plant pot suitable for the orchid. Here, the pot size is crucial. Please make sure that the pot for your orchid is of an appropriate size suitable for the plant.
This means that the orchid pot should not be too big. The background to this is that the plant pot of the orchid gives stability. However, in too large a pot this purpose can not be fulfilled. In the worst case, the orchid is not properly supported due to the large pot. However, this is necessary so that the flower can grow optimally. In this case, more space means no more growth, but the opposite. It hurts the plant if you buy too big a pot.
Often, this mistake is made and justified by the fact that the plant is still growing and this is already provided for at the beginning. However, this will give your plant an important framework for growth. An orchid that gets no stability in its pot will not grow well. Therefore, please reach for a smaller pot. Only then can the roots of the orchid have the opportunity to anchor themselves optimally.
In addition, the smaller pots are suitable in terms of water to be poured. At this point, it should be noted that orchids do not like large volumes of water. It is therefore ideal for a small pot in which you plant your orchid and which you regularly water with a relatively small amount of water. So you can save yourself the problems that would be associated with a big pot.
amount of water
For example, one of these problems is that when the amount of water is high, the orchid can not completely absorb the water. The water then runs into the planter. As a result, the plant roots are inevitably permanently wet. If this condition is not detected in time, the plant becomes ill. This manifests itself in the fact that the roots rot. This condition is critical for the orchid. At this time, she can no longer provide herself with the necessary nutrients. If this condition is not recognized, the plant may die. This should be avoided at all costs. Please always make sure that there is no water in the pot.
The most common mistakes in orchids care
- The plant is poured over - too much water
Like any other plant, orchids need water to live on. However, because the orchids have leaves that can not deliver much water because of their specific properties, the right dosage is essential.
After the roots have been completely restored, the remaining water must be removed. Otherwise, the plant is threatened with death. Therefore, the risk of the plant being doused is far greater than the risk of the plant drying up. Due to its characteristics, the orchid can live very well without water for a long time. The right casting is therefore the alpha and omega of orchid care.
2) The orchid is not a sunbather - too much direct sun
Unlike many other plants, the orchid likes the sun, but only in moderation. Orchids that are too long in the sun, sensitive to it by getting dark spots. This does not look nice and the plant feels uncomfortable. In this case you should look for a new, shadier place for the flower. A lot of light helps the orchid, but no direct sunlight.
3) Poor air - not over the heating in winter
The air in the room should not be too dry, because this does not like the orchid either. She prefers a warm and humid air instead. To produce the humidity, for example, the plant can be sprayed with water. However, this is only a short-term measure. One tends to give heat to the plant in winter by placing it over a radiator. But just this warm air harms the orchid, because it lowers the much needed humidity.
4) Caution when cutting - aerial roots are important for orchids
Another care reference concerns the roots that stick out of the pot. These are not pretty to look at. However, the aerial roots are important for the orchid. They are the center of the plant and therefore responsible for the nutrient supply. There is one exception: if the roots are rotten or dead they may of course be removed.
5) The right fertilizer dosage
The orchid has a relatively low nutrient requirement. The vegetation phase of the plant is from April to September. Only at this time the plant should be fertilized a maximum of twice a month. After that fertilizing is no longer necessary and should therefore be omitted.
6) Do not change temperatures too much
The orchid loves the habit. This also applies to the height of the temperatures. If the temperature changes in the room in which the orchid lives, it no longer feels well and stops flowering. To prevent this, care should be taken that the room temperature is approximately the same throughout the year.