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Miniature Orchid Growing
Who does not love orchids? I have never met anyone who does not appreciate the delicate flowers or colors that orchids bring to delight us. While you may not want to tackle growing full grown orchids, these delights will still bring you great pleasure. They are perfect for smaller homes or apartments where there is limited spsce. They just need a windowsill and some care. You will be surprised how much fun they can be.
I have started growing mini orchids because I am fascinated by their tiny perfection. I like the fact that they don't need a lot of space. I am looking forward to a growing collection.
The Biggest Orchid Mistake
The biggest orchid mistake is overwatering. While they need to be moist, they will rot if they are standing in water. Feel the soil. If it is moist, leave it alone.
General Mini Orchid Care Tips
Orchids have gotten a bum rap when it comes to being able to grow them. It's not all that difficult. More common sense than anything. Here are the tips you need to keep your minis in good shape
- Watering And Humidity
Pour distilled water into the soil in the pot once per week during the winter months until it is saturated and water runs out of the bottom drainage holes. When the temperature warms, increase watering to twice per week
Mini orchids prefer higher humidity levels of 70 to 80 percent; the minimum humidity is 50 percent. Mist indoor plants between waterings to keep humidity levels high.
Fill a shallow bowl or dish with a single layer of pebbles and set the miniature orchid pot on top of the pebbles. Pour distilled water into the dish until it covers 3/4 of the rock height to increase the humidity level around the miniature orchid plant.
- Light Needs
Place the miniature orchid pot in a bright windowsill but out of direct sunlight, which will burn the fragile leaves. If the leaves turn yellow or red, the sunlight is too bright and you should move the orchid to another location.Mini orchids flourish best when placed near a southern or eastern facing window; western windows frequently prove to be too hot.
Place a thermometer next to the window where the miniature orchid is located and ensure the temperature is between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and between 60 and 62 degrees Fahrenheit at night
Apply a liquid 30-10-10 orchid fertilizer to the soil in the pot once per month or as directed by the package instructions.
Even miniature orchids need support so their stems don't break. If you purchase mini orchids from a home center or nursery, they will come with a supporting rod to keep the stem upright.
The American Orchid Society
- The American Orchid Society
Lots of great checklists, information, tips and guides. They are all free even to non members
Orchid Tip # 1
Rub mayonaise on your oprchid leaves for that special "shine "you see in professional pictures.Take a tiny amout of mayo-just a dab and rub it on your leaves. Buff with a papertowel gently and your leaves will shine (no harm to the plant )
Steps For Potting Mini Orchid
- Turn your orchid & pot upside down, with one handheld over the potting material to prevent loose potting matter from falling out.
- Tap the bottom of your pot and/or use a sterilized knife to lightly scrape around the inside of the pot and potting matter.
Gently remove the orchid from the pot and remove old potting matter from the roots with your hands. You might need to gently shake the roots to remove any material that sticks to the roots.
- Remove old, loose, damaged or diseased roots by using a sterilized cutting tool. A pair of garden shears works great or you can also use a knife.
- If the roots are healthy for the most part, position the orchid in a pot one size larger than the previous pot.
You should position your orchid with the old growth toward the back, so that the new growth has space to grow (frontwards).
Monopodial orchids (orchids that grow upwards rather than sideways) should be repotted in the center of the container.
- Place the plant so that the new shoots are level with the pot rim. Position it in the new pot at the same depth as it was prior to repotting.
- Fill the bottom of your pot with a layer of Styrofoam peanuts to ensure proper drainage
(optional). Then add your fresh potting matter.
- Place a wooden stake at the center of your pot and secure the new & old leaves carefully with string.
Orchid Tip # 2
When Repotting Orchids Soak Potting Medium overnight in hot water. Use large bucket cause the material will expand. The Next day, drain the water in a strainer and rerinse with warm water
Free Orchid Growing Guides - Free Orchid Tips and Information
We have started our orchid indoor garden and needed information and ideas. here are our best free orchid growing resources
Orchid Site Of The Week - Where You Can Learn About Orchid Care
- Orchid Care Videos
This is a facebook page that has lots of information and tips. They are sending information that is excellent and you can ask questions.
Most Important Fact On Orchid Care - Light Needed, but Filtered Please
A few of the orchids that I have had no success with were gifts. I never understood why they never lasted, till the one that I just purchased. We have a Florida room in our house-actually in Florida. The windows let in light, but they are tinted, and my new "child" loves the space. I am looking forward to adding some siblings to this one, now that I get this imporatnt rule of thumb
Every Orchid Needs Some Food - Fertilizing Your Orchid !
A good orchid fertilizer should have the right balance of nutrients.
Nitrogen - Total amount is 20% or less.
Phosphorus - Any amount > 0%
Contains Supplementary Calcium (up to 15%)
Contains Magnesium (up to 8%)
Should also contain trace elements like Sodium,
Iron, Copper, etc.
Fertilize orchids when they're in "active" growth stages.
Remove excess salts left by fertilizers:
Drench your potting material with a thorough rinsing of water every two weeks to wash out excess fertilizer minerals. (This process is
often called "leaching.")
Remove any "crusted" salt and mineral deposits left by your fertilizer on your orchid's pot using a damp cloth.
Rules For Fertilizing Ortchids - Collected Ideas For Fertilizing Orchids
I have collected lots of ideas and wanted to share them with you. I know that I would have a tendency to overfertlize, so I have taken these ideas to heart and adopted them as my fertilizer guide
- NeverApply more fertilizer than the dose recommended on the packaging. For generic fertilizers (i.e. not Orchid-specific), I usually like to play it safe and use about half therecommended dose.
- NeverFertilize orchids that are in sick or in poor condition. Nurse them back to full health first, and once they appear fully healthy again, THEN you can begin reintroducing fertilizer
- NeverFertilize orchids with root damage. This is LITERALLY like pouring salt in your orchid's wound. Ouch!
- Never Apply fertilizer to dry potting matter. You should always ensure your potting matter is thoroughly soaked before applying fertilizer.
Common Orchid Growing Mistakes - What To Avoid
- Excessi\ve Watering Most orchids need only about 1/4 cup of water per week. Overwatering causes the roots of the orchids to rot. So, limit your watering for healthier plants
- Growing Orchid Plants In Soil Orchids in their natural environment would grow on trees....so, they should never br grown in soil. Use a natural orchid mix and you will be happy with the results
- Too Much Sunlight Always have your orchids in indirect sunlight. Never place them in a sunny window They shoould be placed in a south or east facing window.
- Not Enough Humidity Your orchids need humidity. You can do this by misting them or placing water in pans underneath them.
My Orchid Notebook - A Journal Of My Orchid Family
I keep an orchid journal which is actually a notebook . It is full of ideas, notes resources and pictures.It helps me see where I am heading, my orchid success and mistakes. I keep track of my orchid family and the new children I would like to adopt....
- Page For Each Of My Orchid FamilyI keep the date I got the plant, any hang tags off the plant and information about it. I keep notes on when I fertilized it, when I repotted it and how it's blooming. I keep pictures of it too. I add information about the species.
- Tips and IdeasThis is the section where I keep information on tips and ideas that I have found.
- Orchids I am Interested in Getting My list of orchids I would like to add. I put where I saw them and who the supplier was
- Calander PagesKeeps me organized when I did things with my orchids and when things are due
We always love to hear from other mini orchid growers. Tell us about your success and all other orchid ideas and tips. Or just stop by and say hello ! We always love to hear from you