Orchids (Phalaenopsis) are the revelation in terms of indoor plants. Most people imagine that the orchid is a fragile plant, short-lived. But orchids resist months in a row! But after the blooming ends, how can we trigger the reblooming? Here are some things to consider:
Both during blooming and in between the blooming intervals, the plant roots must at all times hold an adequate moisture level. In the summer, water the orchids every 7-10 days, and once every two weeks in winter. Very important: don’t let the water to puddle in the pot.
Another problem is the low humidity inside homes, in winter. Avoid placing the orchid near radiators! Put the pot on a tray with gravel and enough water. The water that will evaporate will create an environment that will make the perfect climate for the orchid.
Fertilization is as important as watering and orchids should receive plant food once a month. You can find fertilizer special for orchids in Walmart. We recommend organic fertilizer, because it is not pollutant.
Neither too much nor too little. Most orchids refuse to bloom because they don’t have enough light. Note that orchids like natural light, but they suffer if placed in direct sunlight.
A difference between day and night temperature (of 5-10 degrees Celsius) will stimulate the plant to resume blooming. If it is difficult to create this condition, you can place it for several days in a cool, shady place.
Orchid has aerial roots. So, besides the humidity, they must be well ventilated. You can kill two birds with one stone if after blooming you move the plant (not disturbing the roots too much) in a pot with side holes.
Warnings and Tips:
– The best method of watering is dipping the pot in a bowl of water for 5 minutes.
– Important: After watering, drain the pot so that water doesn’t puddle in the plate!
– Avoid watering the leaves.
– Water the orchid only in the morning, never during the night!
– Orchids love tannins. So you can add a cork from a bottle of red wine in the soil, cut into small pieces.
– Very important: the growing tip of the plant (located at the base of the plant, in the center of the rosette) should always remain dry!