Orchid

The orchid is a beautiful plant and you just need to follow a few simple rules to have it in bloom for a long time.

Orchids are very particular and very beautiful flowers They are plants native to equatorial climates, but have also adapted to our temperatures . They embellish our homes with their colors , sometimes intense, other soft . They belong to the Orcidaceae family . There are many species , some of which are only cultivated , while others are found growing spontaneously in nature.

They are mostly epiphytic plants , that is, they have aerial roots . This allows them to live on tree trunks or on rocks and to recover the water they need and also some substances from decomposing organisms. In our homes , on the contrary, the most widespread species are those that have roots to be buried.

If we are about to buy an orchid or if someone has given it to us as a gift and we don’t know how to care for it, we must know that it is not difficult to take care of it, but it is necessary to follow some precautions if we do not want to see it fade and die within a short time.

First of all, let’s take into account that the orchid loves light and humid climates, given its tropical origins. However, it is not a plant to be planted in the open ground . We must find a good position within our home walls. The area he prefers is the one facing south or east.

The ideal location to plant our orchid

The sun’s rays must not hit it directly, but the location must be very bright. The lack of light is, in fact, one of the main reasons why our orchid could wither. The ideal temperature is between 23 – 24°C as a maximum and between 16 – 17°C as a minimum.

Orchid

We also pay attention to humidity. If it is too much, in fact, it could ruin the flowers and if it is too little, the leaves could wrinkle and turn yellow . The ideal humidity is around 70% and is perfect for beautifying our bathrooms or kitchens. Better to also put a saucer that we will fill with expanded clay or gravel.

We add a little water which, by evaporating, will be able to guarantee the right humidity to the roots. Alternatively, we can spray the plant, always in the morning , with demineralised water or, even better, rain . Irrigations must be minimal and only when the soil is dry.

Once a week is enough, during the winter season and 2 or 3 times in summer. The water should be given in the morning and it is important to pay attention to stagnation . These could, in fact, experience root rot and completely ruin our orchid . Now all we have to do is implement these few tips and see our orchid flourish for many years.