Caring for Orchids in Calgary
Updated: Nov 11, 2019
Orchids are one of our favourite flowers and arguably the most beautiful in flower arrangements. Orchids can come in many different colours, shapes and sizes. There are over 22,000 speicies of orchids and care requirements can sometimes vary depending on the species. No matter what type of orchid you buy, you can follow these easy steps to make sure your orchid stays beautiful and healthy for as long as possible.
Make sure your pots have drainage holes. Orchids roots can rot without proper drainage holes for water to run out.
Orchids need a lot of indirect, but strong light to thrive. It’s best to put your orchids in a room with south or east facing windows. If you can’t place them near a south or east facing window then you can use a sheer window curtain on a west facing window. North views will probably not provide enough light for your orchid.
Keep the air circulating in your home or office to keep the orchids roots healthy. During the spring and fall months, you can open the windows to encourage a breeze.
Watering, Feeding and Pruning
The best way to water your orchids is to have a plastic clear pot with holes in the bottom, inside your orchid pot. Remove the plastic inner pot and place it in a bucket of water to allow the orchid to soak for around 5 minutes. Remove the plastic pot from the water and allow the plant to drain. Once the draining has stopped, you can put the plastic pot back in the original pot.
While the orchid is flowering, make sure you fertilize once per month. The best type of fertilizer is a liquid, mixed in at half the concentration. Make sure that you don’t water the orchid for the next few days with the fertilizer is feeding the plant.