Orchids are one of the loveliest plants to grow indoors. They’re pretty and low maintenance unlike other indoor plants. Even though that’s the case, these pretty blooms still need proper care and monitoring to keep them growing.
One of which is to know how to properly water the orchids. Just like any other plant, orchids strive with water, but how much? Here’s how to water your orchids properly:
Watering Orchids the Right Way
- Feel the soil first if it’s dry or moist
One important thing you need to know about orchids is they don’t like being overwatered. Too much moisture can hurt their roots and can rot over time. This is the very thing you don’t want to happen.
So before you decide to water the orchids, check the soil first. Use your index finger to feel the soil and rub it on your thumb. If it’s too moist, wait before you water. If it’s getting dry, water the orchids immediately.
Another way to check is by using a toothpick. Just like when baking cakes you poke the cake to see if it’s cooked or not, the same concept for checking soil moisture. If a lot of soil sticks to the toothpick, it’s moist. If it goes out clean, the soil is dry.
- Use the right type of water
The easiest way to water your orchids is to have them at your kitchen sink. Place them on it and have the water tap at a lukewarm setting. Orchids don’t like too cold nor too hot water because it damages the roots.
- Know the watering time limit
Are you wondering how long you should be watering your orchids? To avoid overwatering them, it’s best to water these blooms for about 12 seconds. Rest assured that around this time the soil will be evenly moist and still holds strong.
The most common mistakes made by plant growers is by not being particular with watering time. Each plant is unique on their own and has a specific water requirement.
- Drain the orchids after watering
The reason why it’s practical to water the orchids on the sink is because it’s easier to drain them. But if you need to use the sink ASAP, you can drain your orchids outside in a shaded area. You should preferably choose an area where there’s stones or pebbles so the soil won’t be too soaked with water. This can help the evaporating process.
Orchids need the right air circulation especially during the blooming season. Soil that is too submerged with water is keeping it from circulating air to its system. Make sure you drain them before returning them back to their spot.
- Always water in the morning
Watering in the morning can provide the orchids a better way of absorbing the nutrients from the water. Due to humidity from the sun, the water will drain better and the soil won’t be too moist. Do this as your routine so your orchids won’t suffer with a soggy soil.
Keep your orchids healthy and vibrant by following these helpful watering tips. Also remember, that aside from water, they also need proper sunlight, air and fertilizer treats.
David Nilsen is the former editor of Fourth & Sycamore. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can find more of his writing on his website at davidnilsenwriter.com and follow him on Twitter as @NilsenDavid.