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Orchids Care  

TIPS ON CARE OF FRESH CUT ORCHIDS

Care of Orchid Cut-flowers

  • Upon receipt, open boxes and put in cool place.
  • Best storing temperature is 10 to 15 degree celsius and high humidity.
  • The cotton swab at the base is best kept moist by standing the bunch in clean water.
  • Remove wrapping-sleeve if any. Spray of water mist to the flowers can be refreshing

Should the blooms be droopy, standing them in warm water (40o C) after cutting off 1 cm stem from the base could help revive them.
   
Care of Plantlets
  • Add water to soften agar,
  • Extract the plantlets from the flask with forceps or chopsticks, break the flask if necessary,
  • Wash plantlets thoroughly with clean water to remove all agar.
  • Immerse the plantlets in dilute fungicide.
  • Prepare small pot with charcoal chips or sphagnum moss and anchor the plantlets securely,
  • Keep plantlets in a bright and well ventilated area, away from direct sunlight,
  • Mist the plantlets with water when the growing media feels dry,
  • Apply dilute fertilizer after 2 weeks.
  • Fungicide – When required.
  • Pesticide – When required.
   

Orchid (Dendrobium)Growing Kit.

Everyone Can Grow...

Handling instruction of the Orchid Growing Kit.
  • Place the orchid plants in the selected growing area for 2 weeks (preferrably bright and well-ventilated and away from direct afternoon sunlight).
  • Water or mist the leaves when the potting media is not wet to touch.

After about 2 weeks.

  • Use a scissor to cut open the plastic holding the potting media of the plant.
  • Remove the plastic holder from the Orchid plant.
  • Place the orchid plant, root first, into a plastic pot.
  • Pour sufficient charcoal to cover the roots and potting media but not the base of the stem. Compact the charcoal so that it holds the plant firmly in place.
  • Put the plants back to the selected area for growing.
  • Water or mist the leaves of the plants when the potting media is not wet to touch.
  • Fertilize weekly using an even N-P-K foilar fertilizer. Even or Green fertilizer usually has an equal ratio of N-P-K. e.g. 21-21-21+TE
  • Apply broad spectrum pesticides and fungicide only when  required.

After about 1 month from transplanting.

  • Alternate the use of even or green fertilizer with Red fertilizer. Red fertilizer usually has a lower N ratio and a higher P-K ratio. e.g. 13-27-27+TE.

The Orchid plants will need to be transplanted into a bigger pot in about 6 to 9 months or when the orchid outgrown the pot.

   

Care of Orchid Plants

Orchids are basically tough plants, capable of enduring considerable amount of environmental stress. There are tropical, sub-tropical and temperate orchids. Each requires a different growing environment and temperature to strive.

Important factors to note for successful orchid growing:

  • Light
  • Humidity
  • Watering
  • Ventilation
  • Fertilizer
  • Fungicide
  • Pesticide

If you too would like to share some tips with us, please e-mail to us at this address :enquiry@theorchidpeople.com