Growing Orchids is an amazing de-stress program for everyone.
Orchids are elegant, charming and unique. Orchid plants are everlasting perennial flowers plant.
I have been growing potted orchid plants since the year 2003. The first pot was a birthday gift from my mum-in-law; she bought it from an orchid sales.
There are many types of orchids in the market. I love all orchid types. I have been keeping many different colours of organic Phalaenopsis orchids all these years.
Most of the orchids need special types of soil which contains of bark-wood chips. You can easily get a bag of orchid soil mix from your local gardening supplier when you need to do re-potting; one bag will last for a long time.
Most of the orchids are sensitive; they dislike moving house; most of them love indirect sunlight and indoor lights.
Phalaenopsis orchid is easy to manage. You will see them often in your local florist shops and garden centers.
If you purchase orchids online or off-line from the garden nursery, you will see most of the plants are growing in a 10 cm tall transparent plastic pot with wooden sticks stake along the orchid veins.
* After purchase, you may let the orchid pot stands for one to two days at a bright location with an outer pot; so that; the plant will be familiar with her new home before you start your watering program.
* If the roots are too wet; you have to leave it for a few days more; give her a cool spot; at least 2.5 feet away from the window light.
When the summer is over, usually the indoor house plants will get your full attention; and the exclusive indoor organic growing program would start right away.
* Watering orchids must be from bottom.
Orchids love rain water. If you are short of rain water; you can serve her chlorine free natural mineral water with clean tap water mix. Alternatively, you may also use one day old tap water.
* Place a bowl of room temperature rain water; and let the pot stands in for minimum 20 minutes.
When the plant has a good soak; you will see all the roots are wet and green through the transparent plastic pot. Thereafter, remove the pot and rest on a table till all the excess water are drained off.
* During the watering process, you may wipe their leaves (including the edges and the tips of the leaf) softly with a damp kitchen towel or a soft brush to remove the dust from all the leaves surface. In this way, the plant will be able to breath well.
* Water the plant once a week during summer and once in two weeks during winter; examine the plant before watering to avoid excessive water serving.
* After watering and leaves wiping, you will see all the leaves are sparkling green. It means your plant is very happy.
* If your orchid pot is near the warm air area, such as the winter warm air circulatory or a ventilator in the house, you may consider to water the plant and wipe the leaves more often than normal. Because the plant would lost its moist from the warm air.
1. After blooming when all the flowers are dried and drop off naturally from the vein, place the pot back to her cool corner.
2. You do not need to re-pot even though the orchid roots are grown out from the pot. Because when the plant is still growing well and the rest of the old shoots are still green, they may continue their blooms again and again; on the same shoot but at a different spot.
3. You can place this pot in a slightly narrow bottom outer pot, so that the over grown roots will not be damaged by the bottom of the pot.
Care for phalaenopsis orchids is simple. The most interesting should be the one new flower bud after another continuous blooming.
* If you see one leaf is covered by another, turn the pot, to guide the upper leaf change its position. So that the lower leaf would get enough light. It takes time, but it works.
* You can also train the new shoots to the correct direction; to avoid the leaves being grown to only one side.
* Re-potting orchids is necessary only when the orchids stop growing; or their roots are grown far out from the bottom of their pots.
* When is the best time for re-porting should depend on the situations.
We bought a one flowering shoot purple phalaenopsis amabilis on 29-10-2007 (picture 1).
On 6-11-2007 (day 8) & 20-12-2007 (day 52) the orchid plant (picture 2&3) was in full bloom.
On 19-12-2007 (day 51) a half grown new shoot appeared (picture 4) while the first shoot was still blooming.
On 17-1-2008 (day 80) 5 flower buds (picture 5) appeared on the new shoot. And the buds were enlarged on 12-2-2008 (day 106).
On 21-2-2008 (day 115) was flowering (picture 7).
On 26-5-2008 (day 209) the orchid plant was in full bloom (picture 8).
On 27-6-2008 (day 241) shown a half grown new leaf (picture 9).
On 28-7-2008 (day 272) all orchid flowers dropped (picture 10) and the new leaf was enlarging.
On 20-10-2008 (day 295) the 2nd new shoot (picture 11) was growing half way.
On 25-11-2008 (day 331) small little purple buds (picture 12) were on its way.
On 22-12-2008 (day 358) the flowers appeared (picture 13).
On 14-1-2009 (day 381) in full bloom (picture 14).
On 4-7-2009 (day 552) still blooming (picture 15).
On 7-11-2009 (day 678) 3rd new shoot appeared (picture 16).
On 21-12-2009 (day 722) ten purple buds were shown (picture 17).
On 21-1-2010 (day 753) it was flowering (picture 18).
On 25th April 2010 (day 847), she started blooming again with her seven brand new purple orchid flowers buds (picture 19).
On 23nd May 2010 (day 875), the plant was still in her full bloom (picture 20). Amazing right?
We discovered that, if you change her standing place in the dark at night, she will not notice.
Lately, the day temperature went up very high, although it is spring. The air humidity in our house has gone down to less than 50%.
If it happens to yours; it is time to look closely to all your indoor plants; because they need more moist.
Once the air humidity drop down to less than 55%, you may water your orchids once in 2 days time. If the condition worsen, daily watering is necessary.
Natural growing orchids in house with non-stop flowering project can increase your patient.