Story of a Norwegian orchid
Hi! Today I want to talk about my orchid, I’m not an intelligent person on the subject, although I have a very good relationship with plants in general. But orchids are different, I’ve never had much luck with them.
Six months ago, I bought a Phalaenopsis orchid at the supermarket near my house ( Rema 1000 ). If I remember correctly, I paid 100 Kr.
At the moment I only have one, but I intend to buy more later.
Orchids are considered one of the most evolved plants in the world because they adapt to different habitats, and this is the feature I like the most because it looks like kkk. But to take care of them properly, you need to know some essential things; know how to water them, the amount of light, the best type of pot, fertilizer and many other things.
Read on to find out how I took care of my orchid here in Norway.
How I take care of it
I usually water it by soaking it in a bucket . Soak the roots (without removing the plant from the pot) until the water reaches the top of the substrate and count 30 seconds, then remove and let all the water run for a while.
This is the best method I’ve found to moisten the substrate without damaging the plant with excess water. Bearing in mind that I currently have only one orchid and the risk of contamination through the water is nil. But if you have other orchids I recommend that you change the water between dives.
Another thing I learned is that it is not recommended to wet orchid flowers and flower buds, as excess water can cause fungus.
Important: do not allow water to accumulate in the armpits and central core of the leaves, otherwise the leaves will rot, dry out and die.
I avoid this by gently lifting the leaves during the dive.
If it gets wet, remove it immediately with the help of a clean, dry cloth. I know underarms are a little harder to dry, but I use the tampon and it works very well.
First secret: only the roots and substrate need to be watered.
Every 10 days in summer and every 15/20 days in winter (Norwegian), with tap water at room temperature.
On very hot and dry days (there are hardly any here), I give two sprays of water, to relieve the drought between irrigations. But be careful not to get wet or wet the leaf junction.
I chose a location here in the apartment near the living room window, the plant has a lot of light but is not directly exposed to the sun. Like most of the houses here in Northern Europe, we also don’t put curtains on the windows.
Second secret: avoid direct exposure to sunlight!
That’s not ours, she came in two days ago to be treated by me and then I’ll return it. But I’ll take pictures of it later to show you the results.
I am using the classic clear pot for orchids that came with the plant when I bought it. I’ve read that a clear pot is much better for the plant, because the plastic pot holds more moisture and makes it easier to control humidity.
We always think about aesthetics, right? But in this case it is preferable to think about what is best for the plant and not in the cutest pot. And don’t use a plate in the bottom of the pot to put the water in! This only generates a build up of moisture, which can cause the plant to die.
Third secret: Phalaenopsis loves humidity very much and does photosynthesis from the roots, so the best pot for her is the transparent pot.
I am using a liquid chemical fertilizer for orchids that I bought at the flower shop (Mester Grønn). I dilute the fertilizer in water and apply the product to the substrate and roots. You need very little fertilizer for the plant.
One day after immersion irrigation . This is the best day, because the media is very wet but not too wet. To do this, I use a plastic sprayer and give only two sprays .
You can also kill a Phalaenopsis orchid with excess fertilizer, so be very careful with the amount and frequency.
I followed the instructions for using the product.
At the end of August the flowers started to fall, so I decided to cut a stem as follows:
I marked two fingers on the knot of the first bloom and cut it with the sharp and sterilized scissors I had in the house. Then I put some ground cinnamon on the cut.
cinnamon is an excellent bactericide against fungi that prevents the stem from drying out.
Why didn’t I cut the nearby leaves?
Because if you cut the neighboring leaves, only after a year more or less , a new stem will be born. Phalaenopsis can flower more than once a year if we cut past the third node, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to cut that much.
I think all nodes have the same chances as the first nodes to create branches, why not waste those chances?
After cutting their two stems, one after the other. The plant decided:
- Keep an active flower stem with the birth of a branch for a new bloom.
- For the other stem, he has decided not to issue a branch, but I believe his mission is not over because the stem has not dried yet.
- In the meantime he also decided that a new root should be born, and that’s what happened.
In summary, my plant currently has 3 stems, two old and one new.
Advantage: you will have another chance to flower in a shorter time.
Disadvantage: this type of cut does not guarantee a new flowering with fewer and fewer flowers.
At the end of August I had to change the soil because it was rotten and with parasites 🙁
When I made the change it had no flowers.
Now in November I have also changed the substrate for the new orchid.
How I did it
Remove the plant from the old pot, I cleaned and removed the dead roots by removing all the old substrate. I washed the pot, inserted it and filled it with new substrate.
So far I have had very good positive results with my Phalaenopsis , using only the tips described above. I keep doing a lot of research, but at the moment I’m very happy with the results:
My orchid is beautiful, full of buds, leaves, flowers and very healthy .
It has roots and new leaves sprouting and the old leaves are always green . I have had it for 6 months and I am very happy. I plan to buy more later, but first I want to wait a little longer to see if I have learned everything correctly 🙂
Yes, I’ve done a lot of research over the last few months and learned that:
- Water every 10/15/20 days with the immersion method.
- Do not expose the plant directly to sunlight.
- The best place is near a window.
- Give preference to a clear plastic pot.
- Do not leave the plant in places with a lot of wind or drafts.
- Beware of excess heat or cold.
- Sterilize the pruning shears.
- Use cinnamon as a cutting bactericide.
- Do not use a plate on the bottom of the pot.
- Clean the leaves and armpits after watering.
- Don’t get your hands on roots, leaves and shoots when they are born (advice from my friend Diana)
- Check the plant every day.
Hope these tips can help you take better care of your orchid. Thank you very much for visiting and reading, and see you in the next post!
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