November 28, 2010
I got an Orchid plant as an X'mas gift. It's beautiful...but I don't know how to care fot it.
What do I feed this beauty ?
How often do I need to spray water on it ?
Spray only the leaves or the whole pot...flowers...roots...coal included !
What type of light do Orchids like ?
Temperatures...it'll get very hot in summers...do I place it in an AC room.
Read somewhere to use sugar or rice/pasta water on Orchids...is that a good idea. If yes then how often ?
Any help on this topic would be appreciated.
Help ! Help ! Help !!!!
I have a few orchids but not an expert in it.
- You first need to find out what kinds of Orchids you have to decide on the light conditions. eg: Oncidiums & Dendrobiums can stand more light than others. Generally you need an arrangement where it gets the morning sun but not direct sunlight. (Same goes for anthuriums too.) They also like some amount of air movement around them.
- When you water it, spray both the base and leaves nicely. And then also allow it to dry a bit before the next watering (not constant wetness). In Bangalore conditions, I usually water it once a day, but by the time really hot summer comes along, I water it twice a day.
- An organic solution to fertilizing is put about 2-3 tbsp of compost in 1l water. Keep for a day or two and use that liquid to spray - about once in two weeks. Don't use strong fertilizers. I also know someone who uses rice water and coconut water on the orchids and she has good results... though she is in Kerala and the humid conditions there are better for orchid growing.