There are over 25,000 types of orchids, and contrary to popular belief, they are extremely easy to look after.
To a certain degree, the orchid actually appreciates negligence, and while bringing instant colour to your home, with the right care, they can give a long-lasting flower display. Get some top maintenance tips below, including how to make your orchids last longer.
GENERAL CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Is your orchid shedding its flowers, or has it turned yellow and limp? Find a solution below to these common ailments.
Problem: If your orchid sheds flowers or flower butts, this is an indication that your plant hasn’t got enough water or sunlight.
Solution: Give it a more luminous surrounding, and soak its roots once a week.
Problem: Yellow leaves can be caused by exposing your orchid to too much sunlight.
Solution: Place your orchid in light surroundings, but not in direct sunlight e.g. a side table near the window would be the perfect location.
Problem: Limp leaves are indicative of a water deficiency or, in contrary, water excess. If the orchid’s roots are grey, this means your orchid is suffering from water deprivation.
Solution: It’s best to soak your orchid in a bucket or sink for 10 to 15 minutes. If the orchid roots are brown, this indicates that your orchid was given too much water. Sometimes, the orchid will grow new roots (after its bloom).
3 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR ORCHIDS LAST LONGER
- Place your orchid in a bright place but refrain from placing it in direct sunlight.
- Water it once a week, you can do this by dipping its roots into a bucket or sink, just ensure you let it drain properly before putting it back into its pot. In winter, it’s best to water it every 10 days.
- Prolong its bloom by giving it plant food once a month.
WHAT NOT TO DO…
- Orchids dislike a slight draft, direct sunlight, and being in hot conditions.
- Refrain from placing the orchid near a fruit bowl too as the fruit bowls produce gases that have a deteriorating effect on flowers.