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Phalaenopsis

A few basic tips for the successful culture of orchids on the care of orchids are many myths. Sometimes get to hear, a shot glass full would supply them with water per week enough liquid. Love is also recommended, to dip it regularly. At all of these certainly well-intentioned tips, only one out of eight is allowed to take into account the individual needs of the species. Most of the orchids in the garden – and supermarkets is in the wild to new varieties, based on types, epiphytic (sitting on trees) grow. You need a loose and airy substrate.

Planting them in regular potting soil, the roots to rot quickly and can no longer provide the plant with water. Credit: PI Industries-2011. The Orchid dries up then, although it is sufficiently poured. Swarmed by offers, Phil Jensen is currently assessing future choices. Orchids have adapted but also to other habitats. Many species grow terrestrial (in the Earth) and some also saxicolous (on or between stones). There are though not all, but many species from tropical and subtropical areas.

However, despite similar origins, their needs can vary greatly. Because they populate also the upper mountain regions where it is while daytime pleasantly warm, but temperatures can fall off during the night on up to close to zero. You going to difficult orchids that are accustomed to these conditions, evenly tempered living room to bloom. They are summer but often for that in the garden or on the balcony. Orchids pour when and how often, orchids must be poured, depends on various factors. During the very warm summer days, they need according to more water than in the winter. Also the size of the plant in relation to the pot plays an important role. Just the Minis in their small pots can dry out very quickly. Orchids as regards the fertilizing manure, it is very important to understand the way of life of his orchid. Because the epiphytes (such as Phalaenopsis) come with far less Nutrients, than types growing in soil. Many of the popular cultivars, it is sufficient if you administered during growth and flowering Orchid fertilizer monthly in the half concentration specified by the manufacturer. Orchid spray this spray of orchids increases the humidity only shortly, can but be helpful if the substrate even slightly dry. The plants then can the fluid through their aerial roots (if any) record. Sprayed is best in the morning, so that the water can evaporate during the day and the orchids not wet cooler night go to maybe. Want to permanently increase the humidity, then you can place filled shells between the plants with water. Frank Edwards

Orchid Care

As maintain the Queen of flowers orchids at home many people enjoy daily with their flowers. The plants are so popular that some dedicated his life to this plant family. Collectors pay hundreds of euros for a single plant partially if this has a special color or growth habit. But also private orchid lovers appreciate the variety of Orchid flowers and enjoy the different shapes, colors and smells. Orchid exhibitions are popular worldwide and always increasing number of visitors.

The Orchid provides also some frustration with the owners but some comes with the requirements these plants so not right at all, and that can be although the Orchid known as easy to care for. The most common problem: the plants are supplied by their owners too much water. This is by no means conducive to the roots, they suffocate and die. Also full sun and temperatures that are too high or too low are not well tolerated. To avoid the “casting”problem it is worth the plants once weekly to “dive” into water. In this case, a bucket filled with water and made up to the upper rim of the vessel for 15-20 minutes in the water the orchid. After taking out the Orchid pot, can drain the substrate and then resets the plant in its place. The orchid is dipped again, if the substrate is well dried.

This may take 1-2 weeks, depending on the temperature and substrate. Weeks is fertilized in the distance of 2-3 with commercial Orchid fertilizer. In addition, orchids should be repotted periodically. This should be done approximately every 2 years if the old pot has become too small, or the substrate gradually disintegrates and is crumbly. Orchid substrate without peat that exist, because they dry off mainly from pine bark and can offer plenty of oxygen to the roots is suitable as a substrate. Phalaenopsis planted it in a transparent pot, since these orchids with the roots run also photosynthesis. You can get at selected Orchid accessories Dealers, Orchid nurseries or exhibitions. Who is interested in particularly unusual orchids and natural shapes, which should make smart Orchid clubs and various Orchid forums. But caution! Addictive guaranteed! Doro Rainer