Watering Orchids – How Much Is Too Much?
Orchids produce some of the most beautiful blossoms that you will ever see in a houseplant. There are many varieties, which offer plenty of different colors and sizes for the indoor gardener to enjoy. All the available choices have quickly made orchids a favorite among people who want to bring nature indoors.
Like any other living thing, orchids must have certain conditions in their environment in order to be healthy. A component that can make a big difference in the health of your orchid is water. Too much of it will easily kill your plant.
Before buying your orchid, research what kind of care several types of orchid require, and find one that will blend in easily with your lifestyle.
Where do orchids come from? What kind of environments help them thrive? Most orchids are tropical plants, originating in rainforest regions. Naturally, a rainforest region receives a great deal of rain. These regions are very humid, sometimes reaching 80% humidity.
Although living in an environment at 80% humidity all the time would be unbearable for most people, there are ways to create this kind of environment in your plant’s vicinity, while keeping you comfortable too.
Here’s one clever method: Place a layer of pebbles in a deep saucer. Pour water over the pebbles and set the orchid pot on top of the pebbles. Be sure not to let the water touch the orchid’s pot. As the water surrounding the level of pebbles slowly evaporates, it will create a small, artificial zone of the proper humidity around the orchid plant. By always keeping the pebbles wet you will be able to keep this little humidity zone stable for your orchid.
People often commit a very common mistake with their orchids by overwatering them. Many indoor gardeners believe that if a plant’s soil looks dry, it should be watered immediately. There are many species of orchid that grow on the branches of trees in the wild, and these orchids should be let to become very dry between waterings for optimal health and beauty.
An orchid’s potting bark may look dry, but it can hold moisture for a deceptively long time. Let the bark dry out completely before watering, and then, go very easy on the water. A good rule of thumb for watering is to do it only once a week or once every two weeks.
Learn also how to fertilize an orchid. Orchid fertilizer is readily available at most nurseries or garden shops. Ask the shop owner if you’re not sure how to use the fertilizer. Just as with water, use orchid fertilizer very sparingly. If you create a healthy routine of water, light and fertilizer, you’ll be able to enjoy your orchid for years.
If your orchids receive the proper care including the right amount of water, the right amount of potting bark, the proper amount of sunlight and a little bit of fertilizer now and then, they’ll thrive. Although they are quite beautiful, they can also be temperamental. But, by understanding how to care for them properly, you can successfully grow these exotic and beautiful plants.
Rosemary Kurtz has had a lifelong passion for all flowers, including the exotic orchid. Please visit http://www.centerfororchidcare.com for an instantly downloadable ebook, information and lots of tips on growing these beautiful flowers.