Did you receive an orchid as a gift or did you treat yourself to one of the flowering plants found at the garden center? When finished blooming indoors, your orchid would love to spend time outside under a tree for the warmer months. Actually, this is a great spot for your orchids during all but the colder months. Trees provide filtered light and help retain moisture withing the canopy orchids use for growth.
Spring is a good time to repot many orchids. Even though the plants are producing shoots and flowers, the growing medium may be deteriorating. If the bark, tree fern or other material is turning to mush the plants need to be replanted. Try to repot orchids when new growth is just beginning.
- Stake orchid stems to keep them in an upright position.
- Feed every other week with a 20-20-20 or similar orchid fertilizer. Many gardeners substitute a slow release fertilizer added in a small cloth sack or scattered over the surface of the growing medium.
- Water when the growing medium begins to feel dry to the touch.
- Mist during dry days to increase humidity.
- Control scale insects that attack leaves and stems.