Caring for Orchids is simple; if you can provide the best growing temperature and humidity.
Our Phalaenopsis amabilis orchid queen is a non-stop blooming indoor everlasting organic flower. She has been growing happily with her 9 months long lasting purple flowers for the past 2.5 years.
However; the change of indoor temperature and humidity made her third flowering period much shorter.
She had her healthy growth and completed her last seven flowers full bloom (picture 1) together with a new leaf growth on 7-7-2010. Ten days later the flowers started drying up on its vein; and naturally dropped off in 8 days time.
Growing orchids indoor and supply only Chlorine free natural mineral water as organic fertilisers is our simple steps to Phalaenopsis orchid care.
However; since last summer; the room humidity is extremely different from the normal range. Most of the time the humidity level fell below 30%. Soon things happened differently.
All the indoor house plants; including 6 orchid plants; were struggling to survive with these low moist environment; which I could not do much to improve it; besides placing bowls of water in the sitting room.
This orchid queen had the most dis-ease. Two of her roots and one of the leaf (picture 3) became yellowish almost immediate. I removed them quickly, so that; the plant has enough rest before the next blooming time.
After the removal of two dead roots (picture 2); her last old shoot turned yellow and eventually dried up. I pruned off the old shoot (picture 4). And at this moment came the indoor red insects attack. One of the large grown leaf is partially damaged (picture 5).
Afterwards the plant stop growing for the first time in history. So, I did a re-potting orchids on 5-9-2010 for the first time in 3 years. However, intensive gardening steps must be taken at this moment; because she might take months to bloom again; if she is not healthy.
During the re-potting; I changed only 1/3 of the orchid ground (picture 6); and carefully put the plant back to its old pot in her original position (picture 7).
After 50 days from re-potting; new shoot appeared (picture 9). I did daily watering and wipe her leaves on an alternate day.
One month later I discovered her injured area had spread further (picture 8). Instead of trimming partial of the leaf away; an extra step was taken to sponge her damage area lightly everyday. I thought if the damage area stop expanding; then she could concentrate all her energy to a new growth.
At this moment; one idea came into my mind; one of my girl friend who is in 'Natural Healing' and 'Spiritual' studies once told me that; crystal quarts can help to produce positive energy to human. And I still have some pieces of left over natural crystal quarts stones from my last jewellery making hobby; sitting in a tray right in front of the orchid pot.
I quickly rinsed them and add them into a glass bottle of clean water; and put the bottle under the sun to gain good sun energy.
At last, I created my own special indoor plant care method.
I served the purple orchids plant with a mix of 5% sun powered high energy water, 5% mineral water, and tap water; when I water her on the vary night; and later once a month.
On the 54th day came four Phalaenopsis orchid buds (picture 10). When they were about to swell; I was too busy to remember her evening soak; I did the watering very early in the following morning. But it was too late.
Two of the orchid flowers buds were dried up and dropped off quickly. So, the plant was left with two large orchid buds (picture 11) after 28 days.
This purple orchids survived and started her two wide-opened beautiful flowers (picture 12) from 22nd February 2011 until today. She has a new watering habit now. You can see her cheerful smile only after her two hours evening deep water bath.
This caring for orchids plant solution can apply on all your indoor's and outdoor's plants.