Autumn is approaching, and that means summer is nearly coming to an end. While some can’t wait for autumn or even winter, others wish they could extend the summer season just a little bit longer. Do you fall into the latter category? If so, keep reading for our tips on how to keep the summer spirit alive a bit longer at home with tropical orchids!
Holding onto summer with tropical orchids
An easy way to prolong the summer atmosphere at home is by introducing tropical orchids. Thanks to their lush, exotic appearance, they create a summery ambience year-round! There are thousands of different orchid species, and they come in a wide range of colours, shapes, and sizes.
For example in pink and orange, a combination that instantly brings a summery feel to your home:
Yellow, the colour of the sun, is also a great choice!
Or create an arrangement consisting of various orchid types in various summery colours. Thanks to the different shapes and heights, this becomes a beautiful summer centrepiece!
You can create the orchid summer piece in a bowl or in a cute crate. Both options provide a completely different atmosphere at home.
So decide which types of orchids remind you of summer and place them in your home. You can explore the various types on this page.
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With spring in full swing and the sun shining more and more, it’s time for a garden clean-up. Of course, this involves weeding and cleaning your garden furniture. Not satisfied with the results? Upgrade your garden with garden orchids! These exotic plants come in all shapes and sizes and are real eye-catchers. In this article, we’ll show you how to upgrade your garden with orchids!
Upgrade your garden with garden orchids
If you can’t get enough of the exotic beauty of orchids, we have good news. These exuberant flowers are not only for indoor use! With easy-to-care-for and frost-resistant garden orchids, you can easily upgrade any outdoor space. Select the shape, colour, and height that you like!
Orchids in a large plant pot
To create a real eye-catcher in your garden, you can fill a large plant pot with garden orchids. First, place a layer of hydrogranules on the bottom so that they can absorb excess water and release it gradually to the potting soil. Hydrogranules also allow more air to reach the roots – and roots love fresh air. Then add potting soil and plant the orchids in it. Choose a nice spot in your garden and enjoy!
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Orchids in terracotta pots on the table
Another fun way to style garden orchids is to distribute them over various terracotta pots and place them in the centre of the table. In these pots, it’s also important to first place a layer of hydrogranules on the bottom before adding potting soil. Then play around with adding the plants: use different colours, place multiple small plants in one large pot, and vary the heights. This will create an interesting whole!
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Also read: Orchids on your terrace or balcony
You can enjoy your orchid during the summer months too, when we spend a lot of time outdoors. Most orchid species can be placed outside, and they look so nice on your terrace or balcony! Did you know that there are special garden orchids too? Read all about it in this article!
Orchids on your terrace or balcony
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.
Also read: Garden trends with outdoor orchids
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; because they don’t like that. They’re actually waterside plants. If you don’t have a pond in your garden, then it’s better to place the 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.
Read all about the garden orchid in this article!
Photos: Judith Prins Tuinorchideeën
Do you ever wonder this: how much water does an orchid get? What is the best place in the house? And does an orchid actually need nutrition? The biggest misconception is that orchids are difficult to look after, when in fact they are so easy! With a little extra attention, you can enjoy your orchid for months, often even years. We collected some tips to keep your orchids in top condition this summer.
Orchid summer care tips: how to keep your orchids fit and vital
By far the most important step of orchid care is watering. In summer, we recommend watering once a week. You may wonder: when do I water too much or too little? To make it easy, we have highlighted three methods to make sure your orchid is watered correctly. You can read it here: 3 ways to water your orchid.
Tip: to see whether your orchid needs water, just look at the roots. Are they grey then it’s time for water. Green roots mean the orchid has enough water.
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Put your orchid in a bright spot
An orchid is often placed in the windowsill or somewhere else close to the window, but in summer that can be a little too warm. 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?
More care tips? You can read it here!
Do you want the exotic beauty of orchids in your own garden? That’s possible, as these exuberant flowers are not only meant for inside use. With the easy, frost-resistant Garden Orchid you can bring the tropics into your back garden! Select the shape, colour and height you like most of this special family of garden orchids!
The Garden Orchid
Whatever variant you decide to plant, at the first rays of the sun in spring the shoots sprout from the ground. They slowly unfurl their wonderful flowers, which you will be able to enjoy for weeks. This perennial plant keeps forming new shoots underground, so you can expect more fabulous flowers every year, even in the darkest corner of your garden.
Also read: Orchids on your terrace or balcony
The different types of Garden Orchids
The Calanthes within the Garden Orchid family originate mainly in Japan. There are almost 200 species, most of them occur in the Far East. You will find different types of Calanthe even in Central America, tropical Africa and Australia. The name is a contraction of the Greek words Kalos (beautiful) and Anthos (flower). The flowers of Calanthe are indeed very beautiful, and there is probably no other type of orchid with such an enormous variety of colours and shades. In addition, there are species that have a very pleasant smell. In Japan especially the Calanthe has a large number of enthusiasts who even enter their plants for competitions. The Japanese name is Ebine.
Calanthe Orchid care
The plants grow well in an average garden soil, you can possibly mix some orchid soil through the soil in the plant hole. Provide a sheltered location in the shade or partial shade. The leaves stay on the plant in winter and can be covered with straw.
This plant was originally found in the Far East, China, Japan and similar areas. It was one of the first orchids to be cultivated in Europe, as evidenced by the fact that it dates back to 1794. The plant was first described in 1853. Because of the external similarities with Bletia (named after the Spanish botanist Don Luis Blet), the plant got its final name Bletilla.
Bletila Orchid care
A mixture of clay, sand and leaf earth is sufficient. If the plant is covered with leaves in the winter, you can enjoy it for years.
Location: sun or partial shade. The Bletilla can be placed near a swamp or pond, but also simply in the garden in a place that retains sufficient moisture.
Cypripedium is the king of hardy orchids. Most varieties can easily handle temperatures of -25°C, and for some species this is not even cold enough. This orchid is only found in the Northern Hemisphere, in North America and North and South-East Asia. There is even one European breed, the Cypripedium calceolus, which is protected and subject to continuous camera surveillance in Great Britain. Cypripedium is also known as ‘Venus shoe’.
Cypripedium Orchid care
If possible, spit some substrate, fine gravel or coarse sand through the spot where the plants will be placed. Possibly some lime can also be mixed through the soil. In principle, the other treatment does not differ from other garden plants: fertilize in the spring, possibly later for additional leaf and root growth.
Pleione is a tuberiform orchid with spectacular flowers and is mainly found in South-east Asia. The plant was first described in 1825 and was initially called Epidendrum and then Coelogyne. Eventually, in 1903, the name Pleione appeared for the first time. In the garden it has a truly special appearance that during flowering overshadows all other garden plants, figuratively speaking. Unlike other members of the Garden Orchid family, this orchid can also be used as an indoor plant.
Pleione Orchid care
Soil type: preferably with a low pH / higher acidity. The colors vary from dark pink to snow white and all shades in between. The delivered plants have 10 – 15 bulbs, which when planting must therefore also be kept partially above ground, just as they are in the pot.
Epipactis, or wasp orchid, only occurs in temperate or subtropical areas of the Northern Hemisphere in North America, Europe and Asia. However, the origin of the genus lies in the Old World. The botanical name Epipactis was given to this genus in 1757 by Johann Gottfried Zinn, a professor of botany at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany. Epipactis is very hardy to over -20°C. In Dutch, Epipactis is called “Wespenorchis” because the flowers are pollinated by wasps.
You can find Garden Orchids in the spring, when the plant is hibernating, at the better garden centres and florists. Check this website for more information.