Elsie & Fleur

We asked gardening guru, Peter Burks from online garden centre www.potterandrest.co.uk to give us his top tips on looking after orchids.

If you are planning to give your Mum an orchid for Mother’s Day you could give her these handy tips too so she can keep her orchid looking good.

“Contrary to popular belief orchids are really easy to look after. The main rule to follow is not to over water them. It is important to make sure you leave it until the roots and compost are almost dry before re-watering.

“When you do come to water your orchid put it in your kitchen sink and leave it to soak in its pot for 15 minutes. Then let it drain thoroughly before returning it to its saucer or pot cover.

“Orchids also require a quality feed and it is important to remember to water it in between feeds to prevent a build-up of fertiliser in their growing medium.

“Position your orchid somewhere, where it is out of intense sunlight as in the wild they grow in partial shade.

“To maintain a healthy plant it is important to re-pot or change the growing medium. This is usually done the spring after the plant was purchased and then every second spring.

“If you have a phalaenopsis orchid then it can stay in the same size pot. However, other varieties may require a larger pot. Always use a bark or coir-based medium and avoid those containing peat or soil.

“When re-potting use clear orchid pots, which have plenty of holes in the base to allow good drainage and air flow.”

Written by Capella Rew — March 28, 2014

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