When and how to put orchids on trees?

It is very common for people to have orchids in their gardens hanging from trees, or inside their home in a pot. However, instead of putting the orchids in pots, you can choose to have them tied to a tree trunk or bark that does not contain any type of resin.

Watching them grow and bloom on the branches is precious. However, it is very important to choose the species you want to place well, since otherwise you could run the risk of losing it as a result of weather conditions.

Things to keep in mind before putting them on trees

Orchids are generally tropical plants that like places with a warm and stable climate. Therefore, most of them do not withstand sub-zero temperatures, so if you wanted to place one, for example, Phalaenopsis in a tree in the north of Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain), where there can be frosts of up to -4ºC, good insurance that would die that day, despite the fact that those frosts are short-lived.

And is that every plant depends largely on the climate in the area. That is why if you want to have orchids in the trees, you must bear in mind that, for them to be beautiful all year round, you must choose the ones that best suit the conditions of your area.

What are the orchids that best resist the cold?

Bearing in mind that the vast majority of orchids originate from warm jungles, I have thought it best to talk to you ‘only’ about those resistant to cold. There are not many, but there are enough so that you can enjoy a tropical garden in a place where the temperatures are rather temperate:


Image – Wikimedia/ Michael Wolf

It is a genus of evergreen orchids native to Australia, Africa, and part of Asia. They are usually terrestrial, but the ones found on the market are epiphytes, something that is great to know since it means that they grow on trees .

They produce beautiful flowers of various colors: yellow, green, white or pink. They resist weak frosts down to -3ºC.

Related article:Cymbidium, an orchid suitable for beginners


Image – Wikimedia/ Filipe Fortes from Seattle, United States

Known as star orchids, they are native to tropical America, found from Florida to northern Argentina. Many of them are epiphytes, or lithophytes, that is, they grow leaning on rocks or stones.

They produce a wide variety of flowers, white, pink, purple, red, yellow. They resist cold, but frost hurts them.


Image – Flickr/ Eduardo A. Pacheco

Known as the dancing lady, these orchids are native to Puerto Rico to Florida, where they live in tropical rainforests. They develop as epiphytic or lithophytic plants.

The flowers are usually yellow or brown, although they can also be orange. They do not resist frost, but the cold does not hurt them.

How are the trees to be?

Although orchids are by no means invasive plants or parasites, not all trees are ideal. In fact, only the one that meets these characteristics will serve you:

  • It must be an adult, or at least have a height greater than 3 meters with a trunk of at least 20 centimeters.
  • It has to be planted in the ground for a long time, at least 2 years so that its root system is well attached to the ground.
  • It should not exude gum or resin, something that is typical in Ficus for example.
  • Nor will the eucalyptus and the pine, as are some of the trees that emit gases that prevent or almost nothing – nothing grows beneath its branches.

When to put orchids on trees?

Image – Wikimedia/ Dinesh Valke from Thane, India

To plant them in a tree, the best time to do it is during the season in which the plant is in flower, or during the warmer and rainy months of the year, which depend on where you are in the hemisphere.

Remember that the branch or trunk of the tree that you use should not receive any type of light or direct sunlight throughout the day, since it would burn the leaves and the flower that has been produced by not being prepared to grow exposed to the King Star.

How to do it correctly?

To place the orchid on the trunk, remove the plant from the container in which you originally have it, and clean each of its roots with distilled or rain water, so that there are no traces of soil. Next, locate the place where you are going to place it and try to tie the orchid to the tree. I recommend that you try to tie it with a plant fiber material such as cotton or raffia. Keep in mind that the roots that touch the tree will stick to it in a few days: they only need a little time.

During this growing season, and just tied the plant to the tree, it is important that you water it daily, since the exposed roots tend to dehydrate more easily than when they are covered.

If the first year after you tie it to the tree your orchid does not bloom, do not worry, it usually happens. It is important that you have a lot of patience and wait, as it could flourish later. If the conditions are right, surely sooner or later it will give you that much-desired joy alegría.

I hope it has been useful to you.

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