Orchids on your terrace or balcony

You can also enjoy your orchid during the summer months, when we spend a lot of time outdoors. Most orchid species can be put outside. They look so nice on your terrace or balcony. And did you know that there are also special orchids for the garden?
A number of orchid species such as Cymbidium, Dendrobium and Cambria can happily be placed outside in spring and summer in order to bring colour to your garden table or balcony. By putting your Orchid outside you encourage the plant the produce buds. But do keep a close eye on the outdoor temperature, especially in the evening. It should not be less than 9 °C or more than 25 °C. Choose a spot out of the wind and in the shade. Avoid bright afternoon sun and take advantage of the mild morning and evening sun. Do water your plant a bit more often when it’s outdoors! Important to note: make sure there are no snails around.

There are also special garden orchids available, such as Dactylorhiza and Epipactus. These species can generally cope well with full sun, provided that the plants always have moisture available. Good places for planting are along the edge of a pond for example. Make sure that the roots are not constantly under water; they don't like it. They are actually waterside plants. If you don't have a pond in your garden, then it is better to put Dactylorhiza and Epipactus in partial shade.
Garden orchids grow in areas where the temperature can drop below -20 °C. These orchids protect themselves by staying below ground in the winter. In the spring they emerge from the ground and within 3 to 4 weeks they are already in bloom. After this you have 3 to 8 weeks of enjoyment (depending on the variety). 
Photos: Judith Prins Tuinorchideeën