I will be sharing with you some simple tips on how to care for orchids after blooming. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out with a few pots or you are already an experienced gardener, you will certainly find some of the tips below to be helpful.
Orchids are mostly indoor plants that are grown for beautification. But there are also species of orchids that are grown for their tubers for use as medicine. The Chinese were the first to discover the medicinal properties of orchids, and this dates as far back as the 28th century BC.
Like we mentioned earlier, there are over 20,000 species of orchids out there, and there are equally a larger number of hybrids for you to choose from. Most of the orchid flowers available in the market are usually hybrids (this means that they are one of two varieties).
Cane Orchids (Dendrobium):The cane orchids can easily be identified as they grow in rows and have a thicker cane (stem) which is where it gets its name from. Their flowers are small and tend to form a cluster around the plant. The flowers may appear purple or white in color. Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis):Unlike the cane orchids, this species of orchid has flowers that grow directly from the stalk. The leaves are oval and denser than those of the dendrobium. They can appear white, pink, purple, or a combination of colors.
Use pots with holes for drainageBefore you plant your orchids in the pot or even think or filling your orchid pots with potting soil, it is important that you drain some holes to make it possible for excess water to escape from the pot.Use a potting soil that allows for quick drainage
You can also care for your orchids by making use of a fast-draining medium like moss or bark-based potting medium.
Orchids need the right amount of indirect lightOrchids need the right amount of indirect sunlight for them to grow properly. Too much of direct sunlight can burn your delicate orchid flowers which is why you need to be cautious of where you place the pot.Keep the temperature in your home at 16 – 28 degrees Celsius
Orchids need a moderate temperature for them to thrive. Too much heat or cold can cause your flowers to die. Each species of the flower have their own temperature requirements and for orchids, you need a temperature of 28 degrees during the day and 16 degrees at night.