Part5 - Basic Care - Watering, spraying, fertilizing

Watering - Watering this type of orchid depends on the temperature - the higher it is, the more often and abundantly should be watered. Excess water when watering should flow freely from the pot. Stagnant water in the primary or root canal can very quickly cause the roots and lower parts of the flower to rot. The damaged root system is not able to normally absorb water and transport it to other parts of the plant, and due to the lack of moisture, the leaves of the orchid begin to dry and it slowly dies.


Phalaenopsis Orchid - watering and fertilizing

Between waterings, the substrate must dry well, ie. Phalaenopsis should be watered only when the substrate in which it grows is completely dry. It is not necessary to orientate by a certain number of days - this is wrong in nature (but for some it is a guide), as the rate of dehydration of the substrate depends on many factors - light, total plant temperature, humidity, etc. If once an orchid dries for 7 days, the next time only for 2, and then cloudy days begin, then the third time the substrate can dry for more than two weeks. It should also be noted that the soil layer dries extremely unevenly and it often happens that the top layer is completely dry and in the middle of the pot is still very wet. You should be guided by the total weight of the vessel. Remember how much the pot of the watered flower weighs and as soon as it is (again approximately) half lighted, you can safely water it. The color of the roots (when they become silvery) is also a good guide for the orchid's water needs.

There are several options for watering - by immersing the pot in a pot of water or by direct watering. In both cases, the drain must be complete. The phalaenopsis is susceptible to "hot shower" - watering with soft water at a temperature of about 30-35 ° C. It is an imitation of the natural conditions for this genus of orchids and has a beneficial effect on their development. Practice shows that with frequent use of hot showers, plants not only grow well on the green mass, but also bloom more often.
At any cost, check for water retained in the leaves, which should be absorbed by hand with a cloth. This is of particular importance to the core of the growth point, since in Phalaenopsis it is only one and, when rotten, the plant will no longer be able to develop.

Spraying - Even in hot summer months, direct home spraying of orchids is not recommended to prevent water from collecting between the leaves.

Fertilizing - Like any other flower, the artificial fertilization of Phalaenopsis is not necessary, since with good care the necessary substances are obtained from the plant itself. However, practice has shown that balanced fertilization improves growth time and the amount of flowers.

Part 1 - Selection and purchase

Part 2 - Basic Care - Temperature

Part 3 - Basic Care - Humidity and Soil Substrate

Part 4 - Basic care - Light and transplanting