Today we will talk about the top 10 DON'Ts when growing and caring for orchids, so here they are:
1. Don't water orchids from above!
Water left standing in the crown and between leaves can cause rotting. If you manage to wet the orchid, take a paper napkin and remove the water as best as you can.
2. Don’t leave water in the orchid dish, or decorative container
Orchids don’t like to have wet feet as they say. Make sure you remove all the excessive water, so drain the orchid pot as best as you can.
3. Don’t water orchids with ice
Orchids are exotic plants, at least the vast majority of them. Ice cold water can seriously damage orchid roots, so use lukewarm water, even if you use tap water.
4. Don’t separate pseudobulbs individually
Pseudobulbs store energy and nutrients, they are an orchid’s batteries. The more connected pseudobulbs an orchid has, the more energy it will have to grow faster and stronger, so never separate individual pseudobulbs.
5. Don’t use regular potting soil with orchids
The majority of the orchids you can buy are epiphytic plants, this means they do not grow in soil, but in the air, clinging to trees and branches. Use bark chips as a beginner, it is the safest media.
6. Don't place orchids in direct sun
Orchids in general have pretty fragile leaves when it comes to direct sun an overheating. Place orchids in bright shade to avoid damage.
7. Don’t mist orchid flowers
If in some cases misting leaves can benefit orchids, misting flowers is never a good idea. Water droplets can produce mold spots or patches on the flowers.
8. Don’t cut aerial roots
Some orchids just seem to grow roots in the air, especially Phalaenopsis. It’s normal and natural. Leave them be, they are important for the orchid.
9. Don’t cut healthy canes or pseudobulbs
As I said, they are the batteries of orchids, the less canes an orchid has, the slower it will grow, if it will have energy at all. Leave the green canes and pseudobulbs alone.
10. Don’t neglect orchids
Don’t think that just because they are plants, they don’t need attention. The more attention you give to your orchids, the faster you will spot problems and even have greater chances of curing them. Give your orchid a look daily or every few days at least. Even if she is not in bloom, your orchid still needs your love.
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