Valentine's Day is just around the corner. This year, instead of getting your loved one cut flowers that will begin to wilt in a few days, why not get a plant that will continue to bloom long after the holiday is over? Symbolizing love and beauty, orchids are a great Valentine's Day gift.
And with so many varieties to choose from, you'll be sure to find the right color and size. In fact, there are more than 25,000 different types of orchids found worldwide. Almost every color under the rainbow is available, which means you can express your love with green, fuchsia, white, blue, yellow and even orange!
Orchids are fairly simple to grow if you provide them with the correct conditions. Here are some of the basics of orchid care.
If orchids have too much water, the roots will begin to rot. That said, it's better to under-water your plant than to over-water it. The general rule of thumb is to wait to water the plant until the soil is almost dried out.
Watering is best done in a sink. If your orchid is in a plastic pot with drainage holes, set it into another container before watering. If the plastic pot is in a decorative container without drainage, then you can skip this step and water directly in this pot. As a general rule of thumb, the goal is for your orchid to sit in water long enough for the growing medium to become fully saturated. We recommend around 10 minutes.
Once saturated, remove from water and allow excess to drain through the drainage holes. If you watered in a decorative pot, make sure to dump the water before replacing the orchid. Water again only when soil is completely dry or the pot feels light.
Potting and Repotting
If your orchid is outgrowing its current enclosure, it's time for a new pot. When thinking about how big your new container should be, consider the orchid's roots. You want to place the plant in a pot that can easily accommodate the root system so the orchid has enough space to continue growing. NEVER repot an orchid when it's in bloom. The best time to do so is just after flowering, or when new growth appears. Homestead recommends Espoma’s organic orchid potting mix for best results.
Blooming and Reblooming
The experts at Homestead recommend that after all flowers have withered, you cut back to the base of the stem and wait. Be patient! Your orchid’s bloom cycle may have been interrupted during the growing process and it could take awhile for your orchid to correct itself. It is also important to remember that blooming cycles vary by variety.
Symbolize your love this Valentine's Day by giving your partner a beautiful orchid. Stop in to Homestead Gardens today, and we'll find the right one for you! Learn more about the Premium Orchid Collection at Homestead Gardens.