Flower Care for a Phalaenopsis Orchid
This popular flower may seem complicated to maintain at first. Following these flower care easy steps will help you to keep the plant for a long time, while enjoying its beautiful flowering cycles throughout the year.
When you get a new Orchid bouquet, notice its soil isn't made of black earth. Instead, its roots lay in wood chips. Contrary to most plants and Montreal flowers you can find, this flower does not need to stick its roots deep into the ground. For future flower care, keep in mind that bouquet’s roots catch the humidity in the air to survive and gauge environmental conditions. If you consider transferring itin another pot, do so very carefully and use provided wood chips. Unlike other Montreal flowers you can find, there is no need for the new pot to be bigger than the former one. You can also keep your orchid bouquet in its provided pot for the first year.
Watering and lighting
An Orchid must be watered on a weekly basis. Our flower care experts recommend using filtered water. If you don't have a water filter, let the water rest for twenty-four hours at room temperature, in an open container or uncapped bottle. This will allow the chlorine in the tap water to evaporate.
In regards to watering the plant, never water the soil of an orchid from the top. It has to be bathed in water at the bottom. You may choose to put such beautiful Montreal flowers in a decorative cachepot, which will also collect water (and protect your table's surface). For better flower care while bathing the plant, avoid drowning it by putting a few cleaned rocks at the bottom of the cachepot before placing the orchid in it. You can then fill it with water, up to half of the original pot's height. This watering method imitates the orchid's natural environment, which consists of humid undergrowth that raindrops rarely reach: it considerably differs from other Montreal flowers you may find. Maximize flower care by adding orchid specific plant food to the water.
These flowers grow at the base of trees, and while they receive intense light, they will never be exposed to direct sunlight. Inside the house, an orchid bouquet should be kept near a bright window, but never placed in direct sunlight.
With complete flower care, most orchid flowers may last up to 6 months, which is considerably longer than most Montreal flowers. When the first flowering cycle is over and the bouquet’s flowers wither, cut the stem 1 to 2 inches above any unopened flower buttons. If there aren't any, it means your plant was most likely in its second flowering cycle. Let the stem dry before cutting it at the plant's base, right above the leaves. Your orchid bouquet will now enter a sleeping cycle. From this point, keep a weekly watering frequency, but put half the water you used before.
If you follow these flower care tips, your orchid bouquet should start flowering again at the end of winter or in the beginning of spring, at the same time as your other Montreal flowers.
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