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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF POTTED ORCHIDS

Orchids. You should be a very glum person if you don’t love the potted orchids you can buy in stores.
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This is how orchids grow in real life. Almost straight out of a tree trunk. The picture was taken in Dempsey, Singapore.

I think they are a much better alternative than cut flowers because the orchids bloom for weeks. Or months if you give them a minimum of attention.  It is an amazing plant family found in so many variations that you find one that is suitable for all, and who tolerates pretty harsh conditions.

There are more than 30,000 different species and over 200,000 orchid hybrids.

I bought one when I moved to Houston in November, and in January the last flower fell off. When the flowers have withered you can choose to throw it away. OR you can buy some clear glass jars, a small sack of orchid soil and then plant them in the new container. After approx. 6 month, they will reward you with flowers again if you do some small preparations.

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This is how my orchids live when they are not blooming. In a north facing window with some tiny amounts of water each week.

Find a (preferably) north-facing window, give them some water each week, and the rest of the time you forget them. Orchids are not fond of direct sunlight and they love high humidity. That’s why I put the plants in the bottom of tall glass jars, which protects them a little from the dry indoor air. If you have an Epiphyte orchid (like the most common orchids you can buy, Phalaenopsis), they have airborne roots that love to get some light.

And even though I treat them fairly bad, there is always some new branches with flowers ongoing again.

2 Comments

  • Siw Falch
    March 3, 2015 at 16:45

    Do you also have a special window for non-flowering orchids? My orchids come back faster if I move them from the warm living room into the cooler, west-facing kitchen window.

    What is the name of the curly flowered orchid in the slideshow? It is beautiful!

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    • publicpollen
      March 3, 2015 at 21:25

      Yup I have a north facing window where all the nonflowering orchids are stored. Im not sure what the yellow curly one are called. All the pictures of the orchids are from Singapore Botanical Garden witch is an awesome place for plant lovers. We used a whole day there when we where visiting. Strongly recommended! “Gardens By the Bay” are another botanical project in Singapore that is really breathtaking.

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