Monday Sep 23, 2019 By: Samantha
Orchids are always in high demand at Westmount florist. Not only do these plants produce magnificent blooms, they also elevate the look of any room with a sense of effortless elegance. When customers come into our West Island or Westmount flower shop, one of the most popular questions we get is how to best care for one of these beauties! Here is a list of simple tips and tricks to help keep your orchid looking its best.
a. Orchids need indirect sunlight. Place it in a west or east facing window.
b. An orchid will use visual cues to tell you if it is getting too much sun and needs to be relocated to a shadier spot. If your orchid begins to develop red or purple tinges around its leaves, it may be on its way to a sunburn. Sunburn will appear as a yellow leaf that eventually turns brown and brittle.
b. When it’s time for an orchid to be watered we recommend the soaking method. We often get questions about the ice cube method as well so we have detailed that method below aswell.
a. Though there are various schools of thought regarding exact watering routine, our floral experts at Westmount Florist all agree that an orchids soil should be allowed to dry out before watering. This helps to keep the roots healthy and safe from root-rot (a condition caused by overwatering). To check if an orchid is dried out, stick one finger about an inch into the soil, if it feels moist the orchid does not need water. Check every few days until the soil feels dry.
- Soaking method - > The preferred by the team at Westmount Florist, Westmount
1. Remove your orchid from its decorative pot and bring the plant and its inner plastic container to a sink or water source.
2. Allow a slow stream of tepid water to flow into the container and over the leaves (avoiding the delicate flowers).
3. Once the roots have been fully saturated, (around 1 minute) allow the plant to sit draining for about 10 minutes before returning it to its regular location and pot.
Tip: It is very important to allow the orchid plant time to drain in order to avoid a buildup of contained water which could result in root-rot.
- The 3 Ice Cube Method ->
1. When a soil check tells you that your plant is dry, place 3 ice cubes on the soil.
2. Allow the ice cubes to melt in their own time. The slow melt of the water will saturate the roots.
a. If you have followed step 1 and 2 and are still having trouble getting your orchid to thrive or rebloom, you may need to consider adjusting the surrounding temperature. 25°C days and 15°C nights are perfect conditions for your plant to re-bloom; in other words, cool nights and warm days.
Tip: A daytime temperature that ranges between 21 and 27 °C and nighttime temperature of 15-16 °C ideal.
a. Maintain the above watering, light and temperature advice when trying to get your orchid to re-bloom. Cutting back the flower stem when all the flowers are done will be a personal, esthetic choice.
b. If the flower stem is very green and you can feel a bulge in the notches your plant may re-bloom from that notch. If you don’t like the look of a bare stem count three notches from the base of the spike and cut just above it. It’s not so exhausting for the plant to reproduce on a shortened stem.
So there you have it!
All of our best tips for keeping your orchid feeling happy and looking its best in its new home. For any further questions, don’t hesitate to call us or drop in at one of our Westmount or Pointe Claire flower shop locations where one of our staff will be happy to help you! Our orchids available for delivery throughout Montreal and it suburbs!