Orchids (Phalaenopsis) are the revelation in terms of indoor plants. Most people believe orchids are fragile plants, short-lived. But orchids live for years! But after the blooming ends, how can we trigger the reblooming? Here are some things to consider:
During blooming and between blooming intervals, the roots of the plants must maintain an adequate humidity level at all times. In the summer, water the orchids every 7-10 days, and once every two weeks in winter. Very important: make sure the pot doesn’t puddle with water.
There is also a problem with low humidity inside homes during the 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.
Watering and fertilizing orchids are equally important, and once a month, orchids should be fed with plant food. 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. It is important to note that orchids like natural light, but direct sunlight can harm them.
🌬 Chilly nights
A difference between day and night temperature (of 41-82 degrees Fahrenheit) will stimulate the plant to resume blooming. If it is difficult to create this climate, you can place the orchid in a cool, shady place for several days.
🍯 The pot
Orchids have aerial roots. So, besides the humidity, they must be well ventilated. You can kill two birds with one stone if you repot the plant after blooming (keeping the roots intact) in a pot with side holes.
Warnings and Tips:
⚫ Watering should be done by dipping the pot in a bowl half-filled with water for 5 minutes.
⚫ Important: Avoid direct watering. Be sure to drain the pot so that there are no puddles of water in the plate.
⚫ Avoid watering the leaves.
⚫ Water the orchid only in the morning, never during the night!
⚫ Orchids love tannins. Add a cork from a bottle of red wine in the soil, cut into small pieces.
🔴 Very important: the growing tip (located at the base of the plant, in the center of the rosette) should always remain dry!