The Orchidaceous which is scientific of an orchid is a flowers plant that is widely grown in different parts of the world. They have very bright and colorful petals that are admirable from a distance. An orchid garden can be quite easy to maintain but also requires effort to construct. Orchids can be grown in the house and the garden. They have more than 30000 different species and hundreds of thousands hybrids. They how ever have their limitations if not well cultivated and taken care of.
Requirements for Garden Orchids
You should have in mind what species of an orchid you want to grow in your garden. Below is a few of some of the orchids to grow in your garden;
- Zygopetalum is very fragrant
- Phalaenopsis are very easy to grow
· Slipper orchids easy to grow and do best to be grown on a garden
· Cattleya have very large petals
2. Where to grow
Orchids can grow in both soil and air. Their roots are covered with velamen which is spongy like that absorbs water in the air.
If you are using soil then it has to be very thin. Plant Husks also can work very well for your orchid garden.
Orchids do well in moderate light. This is because they originate from tropical regions and if you want best results ensures that there is light and that the light is not too strong. For a strong sunny day, you can find something to shield your plants.
When you notice that your orchid leaves are darker then it means that it is not getting enough light, if they are yellow then the light is too much.
Orchids use fertilizers and they produce very beautiful flowers if given the right fertilizers. However, ensure that it is environmentally friendly.
For any plant growth, water is a necessity. Orchids, however, do not require too much water but enough or moist. The thicker the plant stem is the more it requires water. So watering depends on your choice of orchid. Note that you should avoid stagnant water around orchid roots because this will rot the roots. It is best to water in the morning with pure non-salted water or water that is added chemicals because this might kill the plant.
Orchids behave like human beings, Very high temperature denatures their enzymes and very low temperature inactivates their enzymes. You can use a thermometer to assist in regulation of between 60º F at night and a range of 70º F to 80º F during the day
I. Maintaining Orchids
· Cut the spike to be at the same level as the leaves
· Give enough plant space to allow new pseudobulbs
· When the flower has grown reduce the amount of water to avoid rotting.
· When the plant is fully grown minimize the amount of fertilizer
· Then cut just above the second to last node that had a flower, this will allow another flower to grow again
· Avoid wetting the leaves when watering.
· Support the orchid with sticks because when full grown its upper part is so heavy.
Should you find a situation you are not aware about, you should call an arborist.