Orchid care | plants

Orchids are a very popular plant that is found all over the world. The orchid is the second largest group in the field of covered plants right behind the daisy family. They are considered particularly beautiful. For this reason, the orchid is the real queen of plants for many flower lovers.

Orchids & mistakes in orchid care

The biodiversity of the orchid is huge. In total there are up to 30.000 recognized species.

The most common mistakes in orchids care
The most common mistakes in orchids care

The following text describes some tips and tricks for the care and good handling of orchids. Furthermore, it is discussed which mistakes are often made in orchid care.

Basically, the orchid is a very easy to use plant that is not particularly demanding. However, there are a few mistakes that can be made in the care of these beautiful and diverse plants.

So that this does not happen and the orchid can feel comfortable, the following text provides information on how to do it correctly. Because the growth of orchids can be optimally promoted with the right framework.

The most common mistakes in orchid care - choosing the right pot

This includes the purchase of a plant pot suitable for the orchids. The pot size is decisive here. Please make sure that the pot for your orchid is of an appropriate size that is suitable for the plant.

This means that the orchid pot should not be too big. The reason for this is that the plant pot gives the plant stability. However, this purpose cannot be achieved in a pot that is too large. 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 does not mean more growth. It's the opposite. It will harm the plant if you buy a pot that is too big.

An orchid that has no stability in its pot will not grow well. Therefore, please reach for a smaller pot. This is the only way that the roots of the orchid can be optimally anchored. In addition, the smaller pots are suitable for the amount of water to be poured.

Water too much - the plant will be watered over

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 taken care of, the remaining water must be removed. The risk of the plant being watered over is greater than the risk of the plant drying up. Due to its properties, the orchid can do very well without water for a long time. Proper watering is therefore the be-all and end-all of orchid care.

No direct sunlight

Even if the orchid often comes to us from tropical regions, it is still not a sun worshiper in the form of blazing sunshine.

Unlike many other plants, she likes the sun, but only indirectly. If they stand in the sun for too long, they become sensitive to them by getting dark spots. It doesn't look nice and the plant feels uncomfortable. In this case you should look for a new place for the flower: bright but as little direct exposure to the sun as possible.

Humidity too low

The air in the room should not be too dry, because the orchid does not like this either. As already written, many orchid species come from subtropical or tropical regions and are used to a higher humidity than we usually have in apartments. An orchid prefers moist, warm air.

To create the air humidity, for example, the plant can be sprayed with water. However, this is only a short-term measure but may be necessary. Because we want the orchids to bloom.

Be careful when cutting the orchids

Another care instruction concerns the roots that protrude from the pot. These are not pretty to look at.

However, the 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 rot or die, they can of course be removed.

Too much fertilizer - 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.

No excessive changes in temperatures

The orchid loves habit. This also applies to the level of the temperatures. If the temperature changes in the room in which the plant lives, it no longer feels comfortable and stops flowering. To prevent this, it should be ensured that the room temperature is approximately the same throughout the year. For this reason, orchids do not like direct heating air. Find a place where the heating does not warm directly from below, even in winter.

Orchid photos

And now we want to remind you why it is worthwhile to invest time and efforts in the proper care of an orchid.

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