All the same, orchids are an amazing creation of Nature. In order to draw strength for the riotous growth and lush color, they do not even need to descend on the sinful earth. So they soar over the earth, content with the moisture of tropical air. However, domesticated and domesticated orchids do not have such an opportunity. We squeeze them into flower pots and with a sinking heart we wait for the appearance of the first wonderful flowers. So let's try to create for these tropical aboriginal people at least the illusion of native habitats. For example, we will learn how to water them taking into account the features of the epiphytes and learn how to properly water the phalaenopsis orchids.
- The first and mandatory rule of watering the orchidssays that for him it is necessary to use only soft (or medium hardness) water. The water can be softened by usual boiling, or by adding oxalic acid to the water for irrigation (a quarter of a teaspoon per ten liters of water).
- According to the second rule, water for watering orchidsmust be saturated with oxygen. How to do it? By simply pouring water from a container into a container. But you need to do this slowly, pouring water with a thin stream.
- The third rule obliges us to use only warm water for irrigation. In any case, not lower than room temperature.
- The fourth rule regulates the frequency andintensity of irrigation. Pour females should be, focusing on the color of the roots and the presence of condensation. If droplets of moisture are observed on the walls of the pot, then it is worth refraining from watering. If there is no moisture, and the roots become bluish-gray in color, then the flower is urgently required watering.
Watering these rules your orchid will not hurt. Water it as necessary with warm soft water, saturated with oxygen. And if you still combine irrigation methods, the tropicana orchid will feel at home (in the tropics).
Watering from above (from the watering can)
Watering the flower with this method, water evenlypoured from the flower spike over the entire surface of the substrate. Pour it until the water begins to drain from the bottom of the pot through the drainage holes. Then wait until all the excess water drains into the pallet, and drain its excess. A few minutes later, water the flower and drain the water from the pan. If the pot with the orchid is in a place where it is not afraid of drafts and temperature changes, then you can water the flower at any time of the day. Otherwise, this procedure is better done in the second half (towards evening). When watering from the watering can, you should also ensure that water does not fall on the plant itself, especially in the axils of the leaves - phalaenopsis does not like it. If the moisture still fell on the flower, then it must be removed (wet with a napkin or gently blow off droplets from the flower).
It is believed that to water the orchids Phalaenopsis thismethod is preferable to watering from the watering can: small trims better and more uniformly wet the substrate. Yes, and the flower itself does not hurt such bathing, if after a shower it is dried and wet all the moisture (especially in the axils of the leaves). They bathe orchids not more than three times a month, optimally - once or twice. If you are not sure about the quality of tap water, it is best to bathe your orchid, protecting the substrate from moisture (covering with a cellophane bag). For swimming, it is necessary to use only warm water, and make the pressure weak. By the way, some growers practice hot showers. After bathing, it is necessary to clean the flower from drops of water and leave it in the bath to dry the substrate. If immediately after a warm shower orchid take out of a warm bathroom, then the temperature drop will not have the best effect on the state of your beauty.
Method of immersion
Fashionable diving today is useful for orchidsphalaenopsis. Of course, we will not immerse ourselves in water with the whole flower, but only a pot with a substrate. It is believed that this method is most suitable for those orchids that grow in baskets filled with bark. How to water the phalaenopsis orchid by immersion? In a basin (a bowl, a saucepan) with warm boiled water, lower the basket so that water does not fill the surface of the substrate. Hold the flower in water for about thirty seconds (maybe longer, depending on the density of the substrate), and then take out and wait until all excess water drains. Orchids growing on the block, too, can be watered by this method, but only if the substrate does not float up.
Secrets and advice
For a comfortable existence orchids needmoderate (even balanced) watering. Without moisture, they simply perish, but its excess will ruin the plant. Focus on the color of phalaenopsis roots - this is the surest signal that will never fail you. Do not leave a drop of water on the leaves of the orchid. In the heat, water it more often and more abundantly, and in the cold season better spray. Lack of moisture is disastrous for orchids mainly during ovary buds, and waterlogging - at any time. The "flooded" orchids will necessarily begin to rot roots, and the substrate in the pot will be covered with mold. With the first such symptoms, the plant should immediately be transplanted into a new pot, replacing the substrate in it and cutting off all the damaged parts of the roots. So be careful and moderate in your desire to actively care for the flower. Remember that the main motto of the skilful "waterer": it is better to undercharge than to pour. Orphan Phalaenopsis watering prefers literate, corresponding to the "water regime" of its native habitats. And in native places it takes moisture mainly from the air. And if you comply with all the rules and requirements (dictated, among other things, by the orchid itself), your tropicanka will certainly thank you for its magical flowering. We advise you to read: