Orchids have a reputation of being rather tricky to look after. David Snell has a few tips to help keep yours looking beautiful.
David Snell and the Nature at Work team have many years’ experience caring for orchids in a variety of situations. Whilst orchids can be very sensitive to the conditions around them, David has a few handy tips that he has put together into a Youtube video to help take the drama out of caring for orchids.
- Tip 1: Always leave your orchid in its container
- Tip 2: Don’t disturb or damage the roots – they like light so keep it in a see-through pot
- Tip 3: Soak the orchid first over a sink, and then make sure it is well drained
- Tip 4: Choose a beautiful pot or container!
- Tip 5: Ideally keep the top of the pot uncovered for the roots to breath
- Tip 6: Take the orchid out of the container and soak it once every couple of weeks- don’t over water it. Most orchids like to be flooded and then almost completely dry out.
- Tip 7: Keep your orchid in a position where there’s a bit of light but not in direct sunlight. In an ideal situation your orchid will keep flowering for up to 4 months or so.
- Tip 8: Once the flowers have died off, cut it down to just above one of the nodes on each stem. Keep watering as before and it should reflower.