Orchids are available in every florist, but also in supermarkets. They don’t cost much and yet are extremely beautiful once they bloom. But what if they don’t want to bloom? If your orchid is not flowering, you need to make a few changes to its care. In fact, it’s quite possible that you’re making a few mistakes that are causing your orchid not to bloom.
Gem of the Jungle
This flower is called the jewel of the jungle, in nature it grows in the canopy of trees, specifically in the crevices of the bark, where it has a moderate amount of light, warm during the day and cool at night. Once it is in the right conditions, it flowers regularly. If not, it will never fulfil its potential. See if you are making one of the following mistakes.
- Frequent watering
- Poor leaf care
- Low light
- Dry air
- Poor substrateWatering too often
Orchids should be watered every 10 days with plenty of water. It is a good idea to use soft, room temperature water for this.
Forget the leaves
Leaves also require their own care. Once a month, wipe them clean of dust with a damp cloth. The soil and orchid leaves should not be in contact with hard water. In this case, it could leave white spots on the flower, so it is a good idea to use soft water, as with watering.
No access to light
Light is essential for any flower to grow properly. For an orchid, light is critical to its flowering. These plants like bright spots, but not too much sun. Otherwise, they may burn or refuse to flower. The orchid will do best on a windowsill facing east. Grow it in a transparent, light-permeable container.
Too dry air
All orchids like humidity, so if there isn’t enough moisture in the air, they may be in worse shape. But of course it depends on the type of orchid.
Most orchids that grow in nature are attached to tree branches. They draw all their nutrients and water from the air through the leaves and roots. A common mistake, therefore, is to transplant the plant into ordinary soil where the roots have limited opportunity to breathe. It is therefore best to grow them in a special substrate such as a mixture of bark and plant fibres. Orchids are not as demanding flowers as they may seem, you just need to know exactly what they need. Once you follow these rules, you can look forward to a flood of colour on your windowsill.