2023 Author: Priscilla Miln | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 06:25
The Phalaenopsis Orchid has become almost the most popular indoor plant in our country. It can be seen on the windowsill in almost every home. And no wonder, because orchid flowers can charm even the most indifferent person to plants. Having bought or received a Phalaenopsis orchid as a gift, it is very difficult to resist buying a couple more. Therefore, many of our compatriots have collected entire collections. Almost every fan considers it his duty to have five or six orchids of different colors.
A bit of history
Did you know that scientists consider the orchid one of the most ancient plants on Earth? According to them, the ancestors of magnificent flowers appeared on the planet about 130 million years ago.
For the first time, orchids were domesticated in the countries of the East: China and Japan. Even the great Confucius mentioned the healing effects of the flower. And in European countries, orchids have been cultivated for only 200 years. But even during this time, the mysterious image of the flower managed to acquire legends and traditions. For example, one of them says that the flower appeared from the remains of the rainbow. Sounds great, doesn't it?
Keeping a plant at home is very simple, but in order for Phalaenopsis not to get sick and bloom regularly, you need to learn a lot of special information. What is the process of choosing planters for orchids. Yes, and the process of watering will have to tinker. However, orchids will delight owners of stunning beauty with flowers that can hold out on a branch for several months.
Orchids are best placed on windows facing West. In other cases, it is necessary to create shading, as direct sunlight can burn the leaves.
To prolong the flowering of Phalaenopsis, you need to keep the plant at a temperature of 18-25 degrees. Orchids are very thermophilic, and higher temperatures will not harm them.
Ideal humidity is 30-40%. Too dry air will cause flowering to drop and the leaves to dry out, and too humid air will cause root rot.
Water the plant as it dries. Due to the fact that the orchid pots are transparent, it is quite easy to determine this: the roots become light, with a slight silvery tint. The best way to water is by immersion: leave the orchid planter in a container of water for several hours, and then pull it out and let the remaining liquid drain.
Many questions are usually caused by the care of the roots of these amazing plants. They are thick, curly and tend to leave the orchid pot. You don't have to push them back. The owner is only required to keep Phalaenopsis clean and as it diesstems and roots trim the dried parts.
Transplantation, capacity selection
Orchids do not require the same regular repotting as all other flowers. If the plant looks he althy, blooms regularly, it does not need a transplant. Sometimes the substrate cakes, a sour unpleasant odor appears. Naturally, in this case, the contents of the pot must be replaced.
The transplantation process must be done very carefully: the main thing is not to damage the roots and not to cover the growing point of the plant with a substrate. After removing the orchid from the old pot, you need to thoroughly rinse the roots, remove rotten or dried parts. Place in a new one - very carefully.
There are situations when insects start up in the substrate. To drive them away, you should completely lower the orchid pots into the water for noticeably half an hour. In this case, the top of the pot must be wrapped with a net so that the wood pieces do not blur.
The container for Phalaenopsis, like the flower itself, is not at all simple. It must certainly be transparent, since for the proper development of the plant there must always be access to sunlight to the roots. Glass pots for orchids are widely used. You can often find beautiful plastic options. But still, a clear orchid planter is the best choice.
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