Essential Orchid Gardening Supplies
Orchids have different requirements for soil, planters or fertilizer than most other plants. That's why you need different supplies for growing orchids.
They need special coarse soil that allows for a lot of air around the roots because orchids like e.g. Phalaenopsis or Paphiodeliums are epiphytic. That means that they don't have their roots in the soil and grow on top of other plants in their natural habitat. They also need special fertilizer and orchid planters depending on the type of orchid. Regular fertilizer is too strong for the delicate orchid roots and would burn them.
Orchid Gardening Supplies For Repotting
An orchid planter is different to regular plant pots. Orchid pots for
epiphytic orchids like the moth orchids are clear and will
let the light through. Vanda orchids like the wooden baskets which allow a lot of air around the roots. These type
of orchid pots have to be hung up. They are also suitable for Cattleya,
Phalaenopsis and other epiphytic orchid varieties. These orchid planters
might need to be lined with coconut husk fibers or moss in between the slats to
the orchid potting mix. These pots have a lovely natural appearance and
allow plenty of air to circulate around the delicate roots.
The right orchid potting mix is essential for the success with these
plants. The mixtures have to be coarse and allow a lot of air near the
should not break down and compact too quickly. This can result in
rotting roots and loss of the plant.
A lot of the cheap orchid potting soils contain too many small parts,
dust and dirt and are not worth their money. You are better off
a good quality potting soil that is blended by specialist suppliers for
the different types of orchids. This will ensure that your orchids stay
and keep blooming for a long time.
Orchid fertilizer is formulated differently compared to the regular plant
foods available. The delicate roots of orchid plants require less
strength. Fertilizer solutions that are too concentrated will damage
the root systems. Look out for the right orchid food and use them at the
correct concentration with every third watering.
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