How to make your orchid thrive

– In nature, orchids manage with the organic material that collects in the tree canyons, and with the rainwater that runs down the trees. This means that the orchids are by nature very frugal plants, she explains.

So the well-being and longevity of the plant depends largely on where one chooses to place it in the home. This is what John Christensen, who is a gardener and owner of Gartneriet Ellelund, says.

– An orchid benefits from standing in a bright place, but preferably without too much direct sun. At least in the spring and summer. It will get a shock if it suddenly gets direct spring sun after it has been dark all winter, says John Christensen.

But in late fall and winter, the orchid will actually benefit from standing on the windowsill because the sun’s rays are weaker at that time.

– The flowers can withstand standing in direct sunlight, but the leaves can not. Therefore, I would even place an orchid in a window facing north, and preferably not one facing south. And only in the cold months, he says.

And John Christensen also advises not to place the orchid directly above a radiator.

– The heat will simply make it bloom wildly fast. And if you place it next to a fruit bowl, it will cause it to turbo ripen, and it might kill the orchid in a few days, he says.

In fact, fruit can cause orchids to bloom in a day and a half, as fruit releases the plant hormone ethylene, which causes organic organisms to mature.

Because orchids grow on trees in the wild, a living room orchid should not be planted in soil as other flowers should. That’s what Kamilla Høy says.

– You surround the orchid’s roots with bark, both to create air around them, but also to simulate that it grows on a tree, she explains.

And because the plant loves rainwater, which is lime-free, she advises that you either collect real rainwater for irrigation or boil the water in an electric kettle.

According to John Christensen, an orchid should be put in water about once a week, and once a month you can then add a little bit of fertilizer to the water.

– It is good for the plant if its roots are under water for about a quarter of an hour once a week, he explains.

According to Kamilla Høy, however, a quick dip is enough. And she also advises that you fertilize less once the flower has sprouted.

– Eutrophication will make it bloom faster, she warns.

But one can actually look at the roots of the plant to see if they need water.

– If half of the roots are green and the rest are gray, then they have the right moisture. If they turn completely gray, they are too dry and need some water. And if they are completely green, then they get too much water, says John Christensen.

/ ritzau focus /

Source: The Nordic Page


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