How to care for your Orchid Plants
Orchids are beautiful and exotic plants that can brighten up any home. However, they also require some special care and attention to thrive in different conditions.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you enjoy your orchids for a long time.
First, you need to choose the right type of orchid for your location. There are thousands of orchid species and hybrids, but not all of them are suitable for Melbourne’s weather. Some orchids prefer warm and humid conditions, while others can tolerate cooler and drier environments. Some of the most popular and easy-to-grow orchids are cymbidiums and phalaenopsis.
Second, you need to provide your orchids with the appropriate potting medium, light, water, and fertilizer. Orchids do not grow in soil, but in a free-draining mix that allows air circulation around the roots. You can use a premium-quality orchid mix made from pine bark chips, perlite, coir fibre, or sphagnum moss. Orchids also need bright but indirect light to produce flowers. Avoid placing them in direct sun or deep shade. A north-facing window or a shaded spot outdoors is ideal. Water your orchids regularly but gently, keeping the mix moist but not wet. Do not let the pots sit in water or dry out completely. You can also mist your orchids occasionally to increase humidity. Fertilize your orchids with a balanced liquid fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season (spring to autumn) and once a month during the resting period (winter).
Third, you need to prune and repot your orchids when necessary. Pruning helps to remove dead or diseased parts of the plant and encourage new growth. You can cut off the flower spikes after they have faded, leaving a few nodes on the stem. You can also trim any yellow or brown leaves or roots with a sterile scissors or knife.
Repotting helps to refresh the potting mix and provide more space for the roots. You should repot your orchids every two to three years in mid-spring after they have finished flowering. You can divide your orchids into smaller clumps if they have become too large or crowded.
By following these simple steps, you can enjoy the beauty and fragrance of your orchids for many years. Orchids are not as difficult to grow as they may seem, as long as you understand their needs and preferences. With a little bit of care and attention, you can turn your home or garden into an orchid paradise. So, Dig in with us, as we can guide you when you visit us in store.