Orchids are perhaps one of the most recognisable and loved house plants. With their iconic large flower heads, long upright stem and broad thick leaves, it is hard not to love this traditional beauty. There are over 20,000 known orchid species worldwide with even more hybrid species available, meaning there are huge varieties of colour and styles available to suit any taste or growing capability. Orchids make great gifts and provide instant colour to any home. There is a myth that orchids are notoriously hard to grow, this is in fact false, orchids are surprisingly easy to grow and are renowned for being hardy. They come in two varieties, winter flowering orchids (most common) and summer flowering orchids. For more information on finding the orchid right for you, be sure to call into your local GroMór centre.
Orchids do not grow in soil, the plant does not like to be rooted and much prefers a specific compost compiled of bark, stones and other loose organic material. They prefer looser compost to allow air to circulate through its roots and for water to drain quickly. Orchids also enjoy confined spaces and don’t require a lot of pot space. It is normal and healthy to see their roots spilling out over the top of their containers, the roots are just seeking out light and is not a sign the plant needs repotting. Consult with your local GroMór expert if your orchid needs repotting.
Don’t let looks fool you, orchids are a hardy and drought tolerant plant which does not require a lot of water. Water once every 5-12 days (less in winter), allow the water to drain well through the soil and the roots to dry out, do not allow your orchid to sit in water. Try to avoid overwatering the plant, less is often more in their case.
Most orchids adore light, try placing your orchid in a southern or eastern facing window. Light in necessary to promote healthy bud development and strong bloom growth. You can tell if your orchid is getting enough light from its leaves, the healthier and greener the leaves the more indication that it is getting enough light. Try avoid direct sunlight, this could scorch the leaves and flowers. Plant your orchid in a clear orchid pot to ensure the roots are getting enough light.
Orchids do not require a lot of feed. Feed with specific orchid fertiliser once every 2-4 weeks (unless told otherwise), feed more regularly while the plant is flowering, rather then when dormant. There are two main orchid feeds available, one for when the orchid is in bloom and one for when the orchid is dormant. Ask your local GroMór expert what is the best feed for your orchid.