Growing healthy orchids
Orchids are popular house plants and can produce beautiful blooms over many years, if they receive the proper care. Annette Shrader sets out to de-mystify orchid growing with an orchid hobbyist and member of the Orchid Society of Middle Tennessee. Growing medium, proper watering and fertilization, re-potting, pests + solutions are all discussed.
Plants Featured in this Clip
- Many orchid growers recommend the 'weakly weekly' approach to fertilizing. Always water first, then follow with fertilizer solution. Completely dry roots will burn when hit with the fertilizer solution. Completely dry roots will burn when hit with the fertilizer solution.
- Epiphytes rely on a host plant merely for physical support. An epiphyte derives nourishment from the air, falling rain, and the compost that lies on the host plant.
- If an orchid is put in a pot that is too big, there are not enough roots to take up the moisture being held by the potting mix. The roots will stay wet and the plants will deteriorate.
Born and raised on a farm, I’ve always appreciated the smell and feel of fresh earth. When we purchased our home 35 years ago, it had some land, but not a single flower. I began the process of plotting and planning garden beds and borders, and have not stopped. Looking out at this mature landscape, it gives me a sense of accomplishment here in my own botanical garden. On her producer role with Volunteer Gardener, Annette says “These are treasured experiences. The passion that people have for their gardens sends me home feeling refreshed, and challenged.