Orchid diary! 27/06/19

I’ve never been able to successfully keep shop bought orchids alive in the past and so haven’t really considered getting any more. However recently I saw some reduced orhids in the supermarket and just had to get some. Could be the start of another short-lived obsession.

I think like every plant I’ve ever owned I over water too much. Seems like orchids really won’t do well with my overly hydrating offerings. I’m the same with my kids as well: “make sure you drink throughout the day”, “have you got your water?”, “drink your water before you go”!

The plastic pot they came with appeared to hold a lot of water around the roots. This can’t be good for the plant surely? Would have thought the roots would rot. I need to ditch the pot.

Natively they grow on trees, I heard, their roots wrapping around the tree. Why don’t I try and replicate this environment? I will free this beautiful thing from its plastic prison! Sounds a good idea as the roots will aerate but might mean they dry out. Anyway, I thought, I would have a go at attaching the orchid to a house plant some how. I used string to loosely hold the roots in place around the tree trunk (it’s not really a tree, or is it? – its a weeping fig plant) after soaking the roots in water. I needed to wrap something around the roots to hold a little moisture while allowing air to circulate – I ripped off the backing from the underside of some of carpet, a fibrous mesh. I then added wood chips to fill the gaps.

Don’t know how well it will do. These shop orchids are probably grown quickly and sold just at the right moment where they look their best, probably not bred for any longevity. It looks a bit weird attached to the other plant but hopefully will be a good experiment…

Have you had any luck with orchids? Do you have any cool house plants?



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