How Do I Take Care of an Orchid Flower?
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What to do and what not to do to an Orchid
As one of the most beautiful flowers, orchids occupy a special place in our imagination. Symbolizing love and fertility in the Greek world, friendship and elegance for the Chinese, regarded exotic and luxurious in the Victorian era, these powerful flowers have rich and beautiful history as well as deep symbolic meanings. They are so beautiful that they are often given just as one single stem, without any company of other flowers.
In addition, they are the largest family among blooming flowers: they have over 25000 species and 100000 varieties. Vanilla is also a type of orchid: it was consumed by the Aztecs warriors as they believed it provided strength and power. There are many orchid types you can choose from, each having its own unique shape, colours and qualities.
Where can I see some exceptional Orchids?
As one of the most diverse plant families,
many orchids developed unique qualities and shapes which differentiate them
from their fellow flowers. One of the most interesting features is their
fragrance: they have developed interesting strategies to attract pollinators.
The Scentsational Orchids exhibition in Cloud Forest can help you dive into the world of orchids’ fragrance. It displays a rich collection of different orchid types, coming from Japan, Borneo, Central America and many others. Depending on where they are native from, orchids developed four different fragrances, varying from delicate and sweet to spicy and intense. The exhibition is a must-see for every orchid lover.
Taking care of my Orchid
Once you become a lucky owner of an orchid
flower, you should learn how to take care of it properly. Luckily, it is easier
than you might think. Orchids are an excellent part of a home décor because
they don’t require that much attention. Let’s take a look at this short orchid
flower care guide for beginners.
How to keep my Orchid fresh and alive
- Watering orchids: most orchids prefer moist and well-draining conditions.
However, they should be allowed to dry out in between watering, so don’t give
it water unless it is dry. Typically, you should water it twice a week during
summer and once a week during winter.
- Ensuring best growing conditions: orchids prefer shallow planting and bright,
indirect light. However, too much light can lead to leaf scorch so make sure
they are not exposed directly to strong sunlight. Moreover, orchids are used to
changing temperature and they need a cooler temperature at night (even up to 15
degrees cooler). You might think about moving it to a cooler place at night if
the temperature in your house does not change much. In addition, these flowers
also need high humidity, so you may consider placing water pebbles beneath it
if your house is not humid enough.
- Orchid repotting: what makes orchids different from other plants is that they don’t put roots directly in the soil but grow on loose materials like bark, moss or charcoal. This is why it might seem harder to repot them, but it is really easier than you may think. First, look at the signs that your flower needs repotting: white roots popping out from the container is a clear sign that your orchid may need a new home. A repotting is usually done every other year or when your flower suddenly stopped growing and blooming. If you decide to repot your plant, remember that orchids are very sensitive to bacteria. You should first soak its new pot in bleach and water and then gently place the flower in its new place to grow.
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