Who wouldn’t want to have hundreds of orchids, these beautiful and elegant flowering plants in their living room or veranda? But above all, who has also managed to keep them alive for a long time?
Because the difficult part is just this: being able to keep the flowering for as long as possible and to give birth to new buds.
Orchids are among the most widespread and appreciated flowering plants. They have bright and exotic colors and give class and personality to the environments in which they are found.
It is a perennial tropical plant, destined to bloom and flourish again, but needs appropriate care.
Many appreciate it and despair when the foliage begins to lose its shine and the plant begins to wilt. But we must not lose hope: to revive the orchid is possible, just know how to do it! In the next pages you will see how to take care of the orchid thanks to 10 simple and effective tips (even for those who unfortunately don’t have a green thumb!):
1) Water and fertilizer in the right doses
An excellent trick to make your orchids bloom again is to give them liquid fertilizer every 15 days. It must necessarily be rich in phosphorus and potassium. Also, during the flowering period, it is necessary to suspend the use of fertilizer and decrease the frequency with which you wet your orchids.
2) How to wet orchids
Speaking of water, experts suggest using the technique of immersing the pot in a basin of water. Make sure that the pot has holes in the bottom and leave the plant to soak in warm water for about half an hour. Then drain it and put it back in its place. Repeat the operation every 10 days.
3) Expose orchids to light
The sun’s rays fall are essential to revive your orchids. In fact, in this season the rays are not hot enough to burn the leaves of the plant but they are useful for transmitting all the necessary light. So, place your plant, even outside your home, under direct sunlight exposure.
4) Create a thermal shock and avoid heat sources
The temperature change, contrary to common opinion, will not cause your orchid to die. It will make it bloom again, favoring the birth of new stems. In the early autumn period, therefore, when the daytime temperatures reach 15 degrees, transfer your orchids to the balcony throughout the day. Then, collect them in the house when evening falls. Repeat this for about 2 weeks.
5) Attention to the surrounding temperature
Also, always remember not to place your orchids near heat sources. The plant must be placed far from radiators or fireplaces. Finally, if the temperature of your home exceeds 20 degrees, it is advisable to keep orchids in cooler environments such as stairwells or shelves next to windows.
6) The moment of pruning: how to do it right
Some periods see our beloved plant without flowers. What to do? The pruning, done in a certain way, it can help the orchid to produce new buds more easily and faster. It will be sufficient to shorten the stem, cutting it with simple scissors or shears, at least 1 centimeter above the “knot” (those more squat points along the stem) higher.
7) Clean the leaves
It may seem trivial but orchids are delicate plants and, as such, must be treated in every way. Particular care is to clean the leaves with a cloth with simple distilled water and a few drops of vinegar or lemon. Some also suggest using cotton balls soaked in milk and water.
8) The choice of the vase
Choosing a suitable pot can be of great use to keep our orchid lush. Try to get a resistant and transparent pot, to favor total access of the plant to the light. It is also preferable that it is provided with a double wall which keeps the temperature more stable to avoid sudden changes in temperature.
9) The importance of humidity
Most of the orchids cultivable in the apartment are of tropical origin, therefore they are adapted to the warm and humid climate of the tropics. It will, therefore, be advisable to make sure that our orchids are exposed to high environmental humidity: it is, therefore, advisable to often vaporize the leaves of the orchids, using demineralized water. During the periods of summer heat in the apartment there is often little humidity; we can overcome this problem by placing a humidifier near our orchids.
10) Attention to the color of the leaves
It will be advisable to check the leaves of your orchid often: if they turn yellow or covered with specks, the plant is exposed to too much sun. If, on the other hand, they take on a color that tends too much to dark green, the light to which the orchid is exposed must be increased because it is insufficient.