3 ways to water your orchid

The most important step when taking care of an orchid, is watering. This can make a lot of orchid owners a little nervous as the exact amount is not specified. But there’s no need to be nervous, because we have noted three methods to guarantee that you water your orchid right. Pick the method that suits you and your orchid best!

3 ways to water your orchid

1. Bathing

If your orchid is still in its (plastic) inner pot, it’s best to bathe it. To do so, put the root ball of the orchid in a shallow bath for a short while (5-10 minutes). You can use a basin, a bucket or your sink. Leave the (plastic) inner pot in place to ensure that you don’t damage the roots. It’s also essential that the plant dries thoroughly after its bath, because orchids don’t like wet feet!

 

 

2. Dish of water

If you don’t have a good basin, bucket or sink, you can also use a dish filled with water. By putting the orchid with its (plastic) inner pot on the dish for 5-10 minutes, the roots will also absorb all the water they need. If you do this, make sure to let the orchid dry well.

 

3. The shot glass

If you don’t have a lot of time and your orchid is in a pot without its (plastic) inner pot, the shot glass is the perfect tool for you! To give an orchid the exact amount of water it needs, you only need to pour one shot glass of water (around 60 ml) at the side of the root ball. Be careful to not pour the water in the centre as the leaves will rot!

 

How often should you water your orchid?

How often you need to water an orchid depends on the season that you’re in. In summer your orchid is a little thirstier and it’s best to water it once per week. In winter, once per two weeks is plenty. But if you love to keep your heating on in the winter months, we’d advise you to keep watering your orchid once per week.

 

 

Did you know…..

…that the type of water you give to your orchid is important? Ordinary tap water is fine, but if you really want to treat your orchid, it’s best to use rainwater or condensation water from the dryer. It may sound strange, but this water is completely free from lime and minerals, so it’s extra good for your orchid!

 

Find more care tips here.

Zo kom je er achter of jouw orchidee water nodig heeft

How to tell when your orchid needs water

When caring for an orchid, you don’t want to overwater it. Because excess water in the pot can cause the roots to rot. In general, watering once a week is sufficient during the summer, and once every two weeks in the winter. But since every plant has different needs, it’s always best to check whether your orchid needs water first. We’ll tell you a very handy trick! Continue…

Garder son orchidée en Parfaite santé !

How to keep your orchid in perfect condition!

If you have an orchid, you want to enjoy it for as long as possible. With the care tips below, you can keep your orchid in perfect condition!

 

Use special orchid potting soil

When you buy an orchid, it will already be in the right type of soil. You can leave your orchid in that pot, or you can style it in your own pot, with multiple orchids or on its own. The type of soil you use when repotting orchids is very important. Never use normal potting soil, because it doesn’t have all the nutrition your orchid needs or the right structure for your plant. Garden centres sell special orchid soil that has the right composition.

 

Put your orchid in a bright spot

If you’re looking for a nice place for your orchid, there are several things to keep in mind:

  • Orchids like plenty of light, but they don’t like direct sunlight. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that you can never put your orchid on a window sill, just make sure to pick a sill that’s not in full sunlight all of the day.
  • Orchids don’t like draughts. A little fresh air now and then won’t be a problem, but be wary of windows and doors that are often open.
  • Another thing orchids don’t like is being near a heater. In summer, when your heater is off, it’s not a problem, but pay attention to this in winter.
  • Orchids like a room temperature of at least 15 to at most 25 °c. Most rooms in modern houses comfortably meet these demands.
  • The kitchen is a fine place for orchids, but be wary of fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables emit ethylene, which may cause your orchid to drop all its buds at once.

 

Cut off dead flowers

When the flowers of your orchid die, they dry out and eventually fall off. If this doesn’t happen naturally, you can also cut off the dried flowers carefully yourself. Doing so allows the plant to focus all its energy on its blooming flowers and new buds. During the bloom period of your orchid you don’t need to trim it. When your orchid has completely finished blooming, you may choose to trim it to stimulate the creation of new buds. How? Read this article: How do I get my orchid to flower again?

 

Did you know…

…that you can make your orchid truly shine by giving it a little extra food? Give your orchid a little orchid food once per month in summer, or once per two months in winter. Make sure you do not use normal plant nutrition, this is too strong for the orchid. Only use special orchid food!

 

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Mon orchidée a fini de fleurir, comment faire pour qu'elle refleurisse ?

How to make orchids rebloom again?

Every year we look forward to the blooming of our orchids. That’s not surprising because, with all its beautiful colors and all the different shapes and sizes, it’s always a party! Unfortunately, the party always comes to an end. When an orchid has finished blooming, the beautiful flowers fall off. So what’s the best thing to do? In any case, don’t throw it away! You can make orchids rebloom again. You can read how to do that in this article.

How can you make orchids rebloom again?

Since there are as many as 25,000 species of orchids, there is not one solution for all. That is why in this article you can read tips for a number of different types of orchids, such as Phalaenopsis, Cymbidium, Cattleya and Oncidium. That’s how you get them to bloom again!

My Phalaenopsis has finished flowering

To get a Phalaenopsis to flower again, it is necessary to cut off the branch above the second ‘eye’. Look at the bulges on the branch and start counting from the bottom. The branch above the second eye can be cut off up to twice, after which it is wise to cut the branch as low as possible. A Phalaenopsis can start flowering again after six months. After cutting, water the plant a little less and put it in a cooler place. If the plant is put back in its old place after about two months, the regular watering can be started again.

Read everything about the Phalaenopsis in this article!

 

 cutting an orchid

 

My Cymbidium has finished blooming

With the Cymbidium, you can completely cut off the withered branch after flowering. Then you put it in a cool but light place for 10-12 weeks and water it a little less than usual. The Cymbidium develops a few new shoots that can give one or more branches again in the following year. Unlike the Phalaenopsis, the Cymbidium flowers once a year. The natural flowering occurs between September and April.

Repotting the Cymbidium

Repot the Cymbidium in the spring, when it starts to grow again. Remove the pot, making sure you damage as few roots as possible, so it’s a meticulous job! Rinse the roots well and place the Cymbidium in the new pot. Preferably fill it with orchid soil that is well moist and then add some (orchid) food immediately. After repotting, it is best not to water the Cymbidium for a few days, so that it can recover well.

Read all about the Cymbidium in this article!

 

repotting an orchid

 

My Cattleya has finished flowering

With the Cattleya there is no need to cut at all. Treat the plant after flowering in the same way as during flowering. The flower dries up on its own and falls off itself when it has finished blooming. After flowering, a new growth shoot will appear at the bottom of the spent shoot. A new flower stem emerges from the sheath, at the beginning of the leaf. The sheath provides protection at this early stage, when it is fully grown, it will flower. This whole process takes about six to nine months.

Repotting the Cattleya

Put the Cattleya in a larger pot every two years. Use fine bark (orchid soil with tree bark). This is an important step in the care of the Cattleya, it must be kept growing vigorously, because only the new shoots give flowers.

Read all about the Cattleya in this article!

 

orchid food

 

My Oncidium has finished flowering

Cut off the branch with the faded flowers at the bottom of the flower stem. After flowering, place the Oncidium in a cooler place, but in a place where there is light (no direct sunlight) and you continue to give the spent Oncidium (orchid) nutrition once a month. The spent shoots of the Oncidium will not bloom again, it will produce new shoots. This shoot must thicken (bulb) and from this thickening a new flower stem emerges on the side of the longest leaf. When there are new flowers, the Oncidium can be returned to the living room. Note: the Oncidium forms aerial roots, these must not be removed. The natural bloom occurs in summer and autumn.

Repotting the Oncidium

You can repot an Oncidium if it gets too big. Do this immediately after flowering. You can then split the Oncidium into two or three new plants.

Read all about the Oncidium in this article!

 

 

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4 choses à ne pas infliger à l’orchidée

What should you not do with an orchid? 4 tips

In general, you’re probably looking for tips on how to take the best care of your orchid. But it can also be useful to know what you should not do with an orchid especially if this is your first one. So, we gathered a few tips that help you avoid deadly mistakes and enable you to grow your orchid healthily. Read them below!

4x what should you not do with an orchid?

Overwatering

Be careful not to overwater your orchid. Most orchids require water once a week in the summer, and once every two weeks in the winter. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

 

What should you not do with an orchid? 4 tips

Mist your orchid

In general, tropical plants like to be misted with water from time to time. The orchid isn’t one of them. Misting increases the risk of causing a fungal or bacterial disease to the leaves or stems.

Exposure to direct sunlight

The best place for an orchid is a bright spot, but they shouldn’t be exposed to too much sunlight. The sun can cause the leaves of your orchid to burn. And of course, we want to prevent that! The plant does need sufficient daylight, so it’s best to place it in indirect light.

 

What should you not do with an orchid? 4 tips

Repotting with regular potting soil

Don’t repot an orchid too quickly. Repotting only is a good idea when the roots are growing out of the plastic pot, causing it to break. Use airy soil, preferably special orchid potting soil, because regular potting soil is too dense and doesn’t drain thoroughly enough.

Also read: How to care for an orchid

Tips from the orchid growers!

Help! My orchid is suffering from aphids. How do I get a Dendrobium to bloom again? What should I do if my Cymbidium’s leaves are drooping? Our growers are happy to answer these and other questions!

 

My orchid is pestered by mealybug or aphids

Mealybug or aphids. There are definitely beasties that are not welcome on orchids. Unfortunately, they are a common pest in many plants. Mealybugs and aphids often appear in the winter months when the humidity indoors is too dry and the pot and roots are too wet. Draughts can also contribute. Alongside the products that you can buy at garden centres, there is also a home remedy: mix green soap with methylated spirit in a 1:1 ratio and spray this on the plant. You usually need to repeat this a couple of times, because these pests are stubborn. And be careful of the flowers, because it can cause staining on them.

 

Help! Mijn orchidee heeft last van bladluis of wolluis

 

My orchid is drooping

Oh no! My orchid’s leaves are drooping. Don’t panic! The most common cause of this is watering. First look at the roots. If they’re nice and green, your orchid has enough water. So don’t give it any more water now. If the roots look a bit greyish, that means that your orchid is too dry. The best thing is to soak your orchid. Ideally, you should immerse your plant in a bucket of water for a few minutes (5-10 mins). Note: don’t take the plant out of its inner pot. The roots will now fill themselves with water. Leave the orchid to drain thoroughly after soaking it. Now it can go back into its cachepot. Orchids need less water in winter.

 

Don’t catch a cold!

One essential tip from the grower: when you buy an orchid, make sure that it isn’t left in the cold car too long. And make sure that the orchid is wrapped up well when you buy it in order to take it outside. Orchids don’t like the cold. It’s a good idea to bear this in mind, particularly in the winter months. The cold causes the buds to dry out more rapidly and flowers to fall from the branch. When you get it home place your orchid in a light spot, but not in direct sunlight. And don’t place an orchid directly over a radiator.

 

 

My orchid has shoots

You might find that there is a new plant growing from your orchid. You can leave the new shoot to develop as a plant in its own right. But if you don’t want to do that, you can take the gamble of cutting the plant away from the mother plant. Wait as long as possible to do this. Allow the root to develop a bit more first. You then place your new plant in a pot with orchid soil, called bark. This is available from most garden centres.

 

How do I get my orchid to flower again?

If your orchid is no longer producing any new flowers on the stem, it’s time for a trim. To get your Phalaenopsis to flower again, you need to cut the branch above the second ‘node’. These are thickenings on the branch. Start counting from the bottom. If you have a Cattleya, Cambria, Cymbidium, Dendrobrium, Miltonia, Oncidium, Paphiopedilum, Vanda or Zygopetalum you can also cut the entire branch off, so that a new branch can grow from a leaf joint. Once you’ve cut the branch off, put the plant away in a cool and light spot. Water once a month. After two months replace the plant in its normal spot. Now water once a week again. After about six months the plant will form new attractive long branches with stronger blooming. This varies according to the species.

verzorgingstips van de orchideeënkweker

 

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4 TIPS ON HOW TO CARE FOR AN ORCHID

You often see the phalaenopsis or dendrobium, which is not surprising because you can buy them at many shops! Yet many people don’t dare, because there is a big misconception that orchids are difficult to care for. A great pity, because it is super easy! With a little time and these 4 general tips, your orchid will last for years!

1.      Keep an eye on the sun
A phalaenopsis or dendrobium should be placed in a place where there is enough light, but avoid the bright sun, especially in the summer months.
Are the leaves turning yellow? This could be a sign of too much direct sunlight. On the other hand, dropping flower buds or dark green leaves indicate a possible lack of light.

2.     Temperature
A phalaenopsis or dendrobium does not like draughts and should not be placed near the central heating. An orchid feels best at a temperature between 20°C and 22°C.

3.     Immerse
Immerse the pot in a bucket for a minute. Allow the plant to drain thoroughly after immersing, this will allow the excess water to run off. The orchid can then easily go seven days without water.

Rainwater is better than tap water which contains (too) much lime. It is best to water early in the day. In the winter months when the heating is on, it is a good idea to spray the orchid with water regularly to ensure that the humidity does not drop too low.

No time to immerse your orchid? Pour the water on the soil in the pot, not in the heart of the plant. Always use water that is at room temperature.

4.     Nutrition
Orchid nutrition can be bought at the garden center or DIY store. A phalaenopsis or dendrobium does not need much nutrition, once a month is enough. Read the packaging carefully to see what quantities have to be given each time.

Do you have another type of orchid? Or would you like to read more tips about each orchid? Then take a look here.

Your orchid in peak condition!

Do you find it hard to wait for the next flowering period of your orchid? Extend the flowering time of your orchids by taking good care of them with the right plant food.

To keep your orchid in great shape, you only use the best care materials, of course. Pokon specialises in orchids. Not only is it easy to take care of orchid but you can also be sure that they will get the best possible nutrition and attention.

How?

Orchid potting compost:
Orchid potting compost is suitable for all types of orchids. Orchids in the wild often grow with their roots in the air, so when the roots are in the soil they can quickly turn brown or rot away. It is therefore important to have proper water management of the soil and an open soil structure.  Orchid potting compost consists of the best and highest quality raw materials such as bark chips and peat moss. And they also contain sufficient nutrition.
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Orchid nutrition:
Your orchid will flower even more profusely when you feed it with special orchid food. This food contains essential nutrients and a rich mix of trace elements that will keep your orchid nice and healthy. In addition, your houseplant will become strong and healthy thanks to extra humus extracts and a 100% vegetable biostimulant. This allows your orchid to absorb the nutrients better. Magnesium and iron ensure that the green colour of the leaves will be even more intense!
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Orchid power spray:
Power spray is a nourishing spray for orchids. By spraying the special nutrition on the orchid leaves, the plant will become visibly more vibrant. Not only will the green leaf get an extra healthy green shine, but its flowering power will also increase.
For more information click here.

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