How to plant orchids in your garden

Orchids belong to one of the largest families of plants in existence. There are orchids in different colors, shapes and sizes all over the world, nonexistent in Antarctica and more numerous in tropical areas. Get to know some tips on how to plant orchids in your garden and what are the main precautions to take with these admirable flowers !

Choose the garden location where you will place the orchids

The choice of the place where the orchids will be installed is very important for them to develop in a perfect and lasting way.

Choose a place with some light but that is as sheltered as possible from the direct action of the sun.
Prefer corners sheltered from the wind, as strong winds can damage these delicate plants.

The ideal temperatures for orchids are just above 15 degrees Celsius, but that does not mean that they should not be placed in the shade, when potted, and whenever the heat is felt more intensely.

Select the type of orchid you will have in your garden

There are several genera of orchids and each one has specific needs regarding the necessary humidity, watering and light.

Choose the genus of orchid that best suits your garden conditions.
If you are a beginner in the art of caring for orchids then a good tip would be to start with one of the simplest and most common orchids in our gardens: the phalaneopsis orchid, or moth orchid as it is also known.

Other common genera are the orchids Cattleya and Paphiopedilum that are included in the group of orchids more cultivated in garden.

A lot of attention to watering

Orchids do not support very intense watering, and do not do well in soaked soils. Always feel the soil before watering, if it is wet do not water.

Wait until the ground around the orchids is almost dry before watering again.
It is important for the compost surrounding these plants to dry between each watering. Watering your orchids 2 or 3 times a week will be enough.

The best times to
water the garden are early morning, or late afternoon, when the heat is not felt and the water evaporation is much lower. If you water your orchids during the hours of heat, not only will the earth dry out faster and take less advantage of the water, but the drops of water that remain on the petals of the orchid can warm up with the sun and burn the plant.

The importance of the soil where orchids are planted

Orchids should be planted in fertile, moist soil but with excellent drainage.

It is advisable to use fertilizers, but in the compost and never near the root of the orchid.
This application should be done once or twice a month depending on the development of the plant.

Avoid planting the orchid directly in the soil, prefer the substrates, more nutritious and with better conditions so that the roots develop in the best way.
You can use pine bark and coconut fiber to plant your orchids.

Where to plant orchids?

As a general rule, the best way to obtain beautiful orchids in the garden is to plant them in pots and not directly in the land of the beds .

How should the pots for planting orchids be?
Simple ordinary clay pots are fine for orchids, but it is essential that they have a good way of draining water from irrigation. A side hole is essential both for proper water disposal and for aerating the soil.

What are the options for planting orchids?

You can choose small seeds and a few pieces of root from an already developed plant. You can also choose a nursery seedling, or a small portion of root cut to a larger plant.

Please note that if you plant your orchids from seed they will take a long time to bloom, usually around 2 years minimum.

If you are in a hurry to see orchids
bloom and beautify your garden , then it is best to choose the system of seedlings, or pieces of roots cut to a mother plant. It is not that it is still a quick process, but it will certainly save you a lot of time.

How do orchids mix in nature?

Orchids are always a good choice to beautify any type of garden. They combine well with all other flowers and plants, even for their varied colors and different sizes and shapes. It can be said that the orchid is never a boring plant.

However, do not expect orchids you grow in your garden to behave like orchids in their natural state.
Did you know that in their habitat, orchids grow on trees using them as support to reach the light? Because of this, orchids are known as epiphyte plants, which does not make them parasites, as they do not feed directly on the host tree, they only feed on the decomposing materials fallen from the trees and close to the roots.

In the gardens everything is much more controlled and orchids grow in orderly pots, without however losing the grace and wild charm with which they are endowed.

If you are among the people who really want to acquire more in-depth knowledge about the culture of orchids in gardens, you can research the subject on several specialized sites and groups on the Internet. Soon there will be an admirable and richly decorated garden with beautiful orchids in bloom!

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