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Sacred family as the orchidaceae. 750 genera, 20,000 species and thousands of hybrids!
Epiphytic orchids form the majority of the beautiful exotic which enchant our homes with their curious shape and the delicacy of their flowers.
Read also :
- Caring for an orchid
- Repotting an orchid
- How to make it last
The orchid, a plant apart
The epiphytic orchids have a specific structure and growth. As their name suggests (from the Greek epi, "top", and phyton "plant), they grow on trees. However, they are not parasitic plants because they do not feed on the tree, but substances dissolved in the rainwater that flows over its trunk and debris that collects around their roots.
There are two types of growth in these orchids: those with a creeping rhizome from which swollen stems (pseudobulbs) emerge from which the flowers start; and those that develop new shoots and elongate and whose flowers form on graceful stems. It is this last family, probably, that originated the orchid given to you for Christmas!
Good care of an orchid
By their nature, epiphytic orchids do not like their roots to be enclosed in potting soil, unless it is very aerated. Optionally, use a special mix, very draining, sold in garden centers (peat, pine bark, polyurethane foam, etc.).
And don't choose a pot that is too large where the water could stagnate after watering; she won't like it!
In fact, most of the time these plants are sold in a transparent plastic jar in which it is best to leave them as long as their roots do not overflow too much.
They appreciate having the feet in the light ! Place this pot in a saucer filled with glass or plastic marbles kept moist. Install it atsheltered from drafts and near a window: she needs a lot of light, but above all no direct sun.
Read also : repot an orchid well
When growing, fertilize with liquid container plant fertilizer but diluting it (with rainwater) 2 times more than the recommended rate. Orchids are not greedy.
During the rest period, leave it alone, water little, do not touch it anymore. Resume watering sparingly when vegetation resumes. And be patient, leave it in a good place, in the light, near a window. You will soon have the pleasure of seeing it bloom again.
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