Orchids are among the most purchased plants in France. However, their maintenance is demanding, especially in terms of watering. Find out how to water your orchid without a hitch.
For some orchids healthy, watering is essential! Neither too much nor not enough, better know when and how to proceed to avoid disappointments. Here is what you need to know to succeed watering of your plant.
Wondering how often you should water your orchid? It depends on whether the plant is in bloom or not.
The orchid needs generous but well-spaced waterings, the substrate must have had time to dry between each . If after 15 days, you notice that the substrate is still wet, wait a few more days to water. Better make her wait overwatering can be fatal . Another indicator: when the roots are grey, it's time to water!
In winter , you can space out the waterings, making sure to respect the same rule of dry substrate between two sessions.
Avoid watering it from above like most potted plants.
The use of ice cubes is often put forward to water the orchids. For what ? The slow flow of water creates a sort of drop by drop and avoids over-watering. However, this tropical plant may not appreciate such cold water which will cause a Thermal shock . Instead, prefer watering with water at room temperature.
Orchids are afraid of hard water . If your tap water is hard, you can sprinkle it with a filtered water in a decanter, rainwater or mineral water with little calcium, like the Volvic.
Every 2-3 years the orchid needs to be repotted . At this time, be careful not to water it too much! The ideal is to repot the plant with already moistened substrate. It shouldn't be soggy, just damp. Once the orchid has been repotted, watering can resume after about 3 weeks, once the vegetation has started again.
Orchids are demanding plants. They need light but without direct sunlight, a temperature between 18°C and 30°C and high humidity. Except that in an apartment, this high rate is not compatible with a healthy environment for humans! To overcome this, position the pot on a dish filled with water and pozzolana. The evaporation of water on the volcanic rock will create beneficial humidity for the plant.
Sometimes phalaenopsis are sold in a glass vase. In this case, they have a light substrate based on clay balls and volcanic rock. In general, these vases are high and the roots do not go all the way down. You can then leave 2 cm of water at the bottom of the vase. With the light on the vase, the water will quickly heat up and evaporate creating humidity. Remember to always leave this layer of water so that the plant remains well hydrated.Source journaldesfemmes.fr