Orchids are very easy to care for when you follow basic gardening rules.
They do not require much maintenance and can quickly become a beautiful plant to decorate your interior if they are taken care of.
This plant, a symbol of fertility, will brighten up your interior with its butterfly-shaped flowers.
Nevertheless, to keep a beautiful indoor plant and obtain optimal flowering, you have to know how to cultivate it.
Here are some natural tips for properly planting your orchids at home and maintaining them over the long term.
You will have beautiful flowering plants and beautiful flowers on your orchids.
Lemon, best ally for an orchid
For this beautiful indoor plant, nothing is better than lemon to grow it. Orchids are acid-loving flowering plants. To have healthy roots and foliage, lemon is the best ally for your orchids.
It is perfect for cleaning the leaves and preventing the proliferation of fungi at the root level. In addition, lemon can be used as a natural insecticide thanks to its active disinfectants which will scare away all insects and other leaf rodents.
Especially since the lemon is rich in potassium and vitamin C which promote the flowering of orchids. However, it is strongly discouraged to pour lemon directly on the plant. The citric acid present in the lemon could damage this perennial plant.
How to use lemon on an orchid?
First method: You need lemon, water and cotton. Pour the equivalent of ten drops of lemon juice into a bowl containing 200 ml of water.
Take a cotton ball that you will soak in this water-lemon mixture and then wring it out. Then gently pass the almost dry cotton over the leaves of your orchid to clean them.
No water should be seen running down the leaves. It is advisable to perform this operation only once a week. It helps repel insects such as scale insects.
Second method: Pour the equivalent of three drops of lemon juice into a spray bottle containing 200 ml of water and shake the bottle well to mix everything.
You can then spray the mixture on the base of your indoor plant. This method also keeps insects that sneak into the roots of your houseplant away and thus prevents diseases.
It is advisable to put your orchids in a transparent plastic pot to be able to check its roots. You can use this trick once a month for the maintenance of your plant.
Where to place an orchid in its interior?
Orchids should be placed in a bright room. They grow best when exposed to the sun. You can put them near a window so that their exposure to daylight is not direct.
If you decide to move your houseplants around, there are precautions to take. For example, in the case of orchids, avoid handling them when they are forming buds.
This change could cause its flowering to suddenly stop and you will get faded flowers. These plants can also form accordion-shaped leaves.
That’s why when you put your houseplant in one place, it should be left for as long as possible. Avoid putting your orchid in front of your balcony door if you are used to opening it to ventilate your interior.
When should you water an orchid?
You are now almost ready to take care of your orchid and give it all the attention it needs for optimal flowering and beautiful white flowers.
Now the orchid is a moisture-loving flower. It is therefore not necessary to water it too much. It is more likely to die from overwatering than from drought.
It is advisable to water it with rainwater or as previously explained with water and lemon because it does not support hard water. As these plants appreciate humidity, you can moisten their leaves and stems quite often with a mister that you leave at room temperature.
If your orchid is flowering, water it every ten days. If it is not yet flowering, you can wait up to fifteen or twenty days.
In conclusion, orchids require little maintenance but they do need light. To stimulate their growth, you can always add nitrogen fertilizer to your orchids.
During winter periods, avoid placing your orchid near a radiator. They like humidity and hate heat.