Three things to consider when potting orchids

Orchids bloom beautifully, which is why they’re popular house plants. The secret behind a healthy and long-lived orchid is where it is planted–its pot.

These plants are mostly epiphytes, organisms that cling on the surface of another plant, usually on branches and tree trunks. Orchids absorb nutrients and moisture from air, rain, and debris via their roots, that is why it is important to pot them properly.

Growers often die because of overwatering so drainage is very important. Small holes in the bottom of the pot prevents the roots from drowning while side holes help air circulation, which mimics the orchids’ natural habitats.

Considering pot materials also help. Terra-cotta pots are the most popular because they allow air and water to freely pass. On the other hand, plastic pots are low-cost and durable. The most popular type of plastic pots are the clear ones because they let sunlight pass through, which is healthy for the plants. Mesh pots are made of fiber and are best to use if you live in humid areas. There are also pots made of ceramic.

Aside from the materials, sizes should also be thought of. Orchids prefer tight spaces so in choosing pots, it is advisable to buy one only a bit larger than the size of the plant’s root mass.

Regular repotting an orchid is also a must to maintain their health and vitality. First, clip the flower stem at the base plant by using pruners. Then pull the roots gently from the pot. Loosen and spread them if they are tightly packed. Remove the damaged roots to avoid taking nutrients from healthy ones. Lastly, fill the new pot with pot mix, gently plant the orchid, and then water generously, taking care not to overwater.

A home can make a big difference in one’s well being, even for plants!

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