So how important is it to correctly water orchids? Very!
Adequate orchid watering is on top of the list in importance to maintain vigour and flowering productivity. The appropriate amount and frequency of watering orchids varies with the different orchid types. Therefore, it is important to know your orchids origin and overall needs before setting up the desired home orchid growing environment.
Orchids, in a very short span of time, have become globally acclaimed as one of the most popular among the house plant family for their captivating beauty and exotic fragrance. This elegant flowering plant with subtle scents has about a thousand species that have been successfully hybridized and variegated in distinct sizes, shapes and colors. If proper growing requirements and attention is given, caring for orchids is definitely not a troublesome task.
Most common orchid species are native to tropical rainforests where the overall climate is hot and humid. And so these types of orchids grow well in a humid environment of up to 80% humidity content. But any higher is in fact not desired as it will affect the plants adversely. Keeping your orchids moisture level correct is very essential for their optimal growth. An obvious way to maintain the right moisture conditions for your orchids is regular hydration. If necessary, when days are quite warm and dry or your orchids are kept in an especially drying environment such as an air conditioned room, you can also set up an artificial high humidity climate by placing the orchids’ pots over a deep saucer or tray with pebbles and water. As the water evaporates from the water container it increases the moisture content of the air surrounding the orchids. With this method you will have created a suitable micro climate for optimum orchid health. However, be careful that the water does not have any contact with the bottom of the orchids pots or else the orchids roots might take in too much water which could cause them to rot.
Some orchid species grow on trunks and branches of trees. As tropical orchids’ native conditions have a typical humidity they have evolved to extract and store water from the natural air “wetness”. Many orchid growers have been misinformed and their growing efforts have been thwarted because of two main errors in their orchid care. The first error being over watering. Usually, it is thought that when the soil in the orchid plant pots look dry, the orchid plants need to be watered. But that isn’t necessarily always the case when it comes to orchids. Even if the outer potting soil looks dehydrated, the bark itself still holds moisture. The basic principle for watering your orchids is once a week or once every other week with careful restraint. When domestically growing orchid plants in your home, you should allow the potting medium to dry out thoroughly before giving them water.
The second error is over-fertilizing. Orchid plants require to be fertilized in order to reach their full flowering potential. But it must be applied in the appropriate amount. Orchid fertilizers which list recommended application rates are available at most garden shops within your area. By providing the right consistent method of watering and fertilizing your orchids will enjoy good growth and a long flowering period.
If given proper care, which includes the right amount of watering and fertilizing, light and air conditions, and a fertile potting media, truly without doubt, you will enjoy vibrant orchids that will continue yielding magnificent flowers for your home over a long period. However, take note that orchids can sometimes be quite sensitive which is why it is so important to have a good understanding of how to properly care for them.