How to maintain an orchid?

Orchids are a very diverse family. They are fairly resistant equatorial plants, contrary to their reputation as fragile and difficult to cultivate. You hesitate to offer your favorite plant? Follow our advice to maintain it on a daily basis.

 

Our advice:

– Choosing your orchid
– Find the right location
– Water your orchid
– Repot the orchid
– Make an orchid bloom again

 

 

1. Choose your orchid

Especially if you are new to the house, choose a variety that is easy to maintain in your house or apartment, among those most commonly found at your florist or gardener. At the top, the phalaenopsis , or the cymbidium . Outside the species, make sure to select a healthy orchid .
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2. Finding the Right Location

If you never need to put an orchid in the sun, you need light . Also, prefer a bright room, near a window, without drafts or sources of heat. Avoid large temperature differences indoors, day or night. Use a thermometer as needed, which should consistently indicate 18 to 21 ° C.

 

 

3. Water your orchid

It is recommended to water your orchid once a week in the summer, with water at room temperature, non-calcareous. In winter, you can water it only twice a month. To do this, have him take a bath of water about twenty minutes in a basin or a larger pot. Watering it excessively or stagnating water in the flowerpot would rot the roots.
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4. Repot the orchid

Repotting occurs every 2 or 3 years regardless of the season. When you observe that the roots start to feel cramped in their pot, it is because your orchid needs to be potted . Start by removing the plant, then cut the damaged roots and remove the faded flowers. Choose a larger pot than the original one, pour in a special orchid substrate, place your plant in it and fill with the substrate in too much soil.
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5. Make an orchid bloom again

When all the flowers of your orchid have fallen, do not throw it away thinking that it is at the end of its life. It is able to bloom instead. Carefully place the stem between the blades of your pruner, count the buds that point on the stem.At the third bud that protrudes upwards, cut the stem at an angle just above.