Indoor plants are a great way to introduce nature and bring balance to your home or office environment.
Plants represent the Chinese ‘wood’ element in Feng Shui that symbolizes Spring and its accompanying new growth. They are a source of living ch’i that can uplift and provide a natural and interesting colour and shape contrast against modern surroundings.
Not only do plants contribute many unseen benefits such as helping to balance the gases in the air, but scientific studies have shown that workers are less stressed and distracted in environments containing a good amount of our leafy friends.
One indoor plant that I see a lot of in my clients’ homes and offices is the orchid. Not being such a great green thumb (brown and crispy are descriptions that come to mind) I wanted to know what to do once the flower had finished.
Then in walked Justin! I am excited to welcome Justin at A Greener View to the Emerald Space blogs and newsletters. Justin is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to plants and associated landscaping. He also takes an holistic approach with his craft, aiming to provide solutions that align perfectly with his customers requirements.
Please send your questions directly to Emerald Space and Justin will be happy to help! Facebook, email or even text or voice messages - the communication options are endless these days!
So let’s find out now what to do about the stick that was once an orchid supported by its big green leaves.
Gardening Tips - Caring for your Phalaenopsis - ‘Moth Orchids’
The Phalaeonopsis are perhaps the most common orchid used for beautifying the indoors as they can be readily found in nurseries and are easy for growers to produce. The range of sizes and colour varieties is huge, they are very easy to care for and their flowers last a long time.
Phalaeonopsis enjoy consistent moisture and will thrive and flower well on a moderately well- lit window sill. If growing conditions are at their best, the orchids will generally only grow one to two new leaves and in Autumn when the days get shorter and temperature starts to drop, a new flower spike should form at the base of the second or third leaf from the top.
It’s okay to pot up the orchids at any time, however this is best done when flowering is complete and the orchids enter their growth phase again. They like to stay in moist conditions, but definitely not wet, so water every 7 to 10 days and ensure that drainage is good to ensure that excess water can move away, helping to reduce fungal problems. The growing medium needs to be light and airy, so a mix of sphagnum moss and some bark works well, but don’t pack too tight as the roots like plenty of air space.
Once the flower has finished, it is best to leave the stalk alone, otherwise the orchid may not flower again the following season.
Feeding your orchid is very important, but only fertilize with specific orchid fertilizer after flowering has finished and on the onset of new petals to ensure they have the right nutrition to set plenty of blooms.
Thank you Justin!
So there you have it, all the information you need to keep your beautiful orchids in tip top condition to share their delightful ch’i with you for years to come.
How about sharing your favourite orchid or indoor plant? Where is it located? Does it have a story?
I’d love to hear all about it!
Until next time,
Love and blessings,
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