If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you may remember that I partnered with Baby Bio last year, exploring their outdoor plant food range and the difference it can make to your plants size, health and number of flowers or crops.
I’m thrilled to be working with Baby Bio again this year, and over the next few months I’ll be bringing you lots of exciting new features to inspire your planting, both indoors and out.
In this first post I’m going to share some tips for keeping orchids in tip-top condition, with the help of the Baby Bio Orchid care range.
With their stunning blooms, bold shape and often striking height, it’s no wonder orchids are a popular houseplant choice. But such exotic plants must be hard to look after, right?
Orchids are actually quite easy to take care of, if you give them the right growing conditions and use the right products. The Baby Bio Orchid range of products is specially designed to support the specific needs of orchids, so by using them you’re giving your plants exactly what they need and taking away all the guesswork.
Here’s how to give orchids the best chance of thriving in your home.
Orchids love bright, indirect light, so they will thrive in an east-to-south-facing room or window. Lack of light will result in poor flowering, but too much light can scorch their leaves.
Different varieties like different temperatures, so check the care instructions for your plant and choose a position accordingly. Generally, the best temperature is 15-21°C, dropping slightly at night.
Orchids like a humid environment, and the easiest way to provide this without changing your room’s conditions is to use a mister spray. Baby Bio® Orchid Feed & Mist is a new product which is perfect for this job; it comes ready to use in a handy little bottle, and delivers a fine mist which covers every part of the plant’s leaves, roots and compost with ease. It’s a dual-action product too; the mist contains all the essential nutrients needed to support and encourage healthy flowering, so when you mist the plant you’re also feeding it.
Orchids need regular watering, but their roots hate to sit in damp compost so let them dry out a little between waterings. They need a drink if the compost is dry when you poke a finger about an inch into it.
During the growing season, you should feed your orchid every 1-2 weeks. Baby Bio® Orchid Food Drip Feeders are a really convenient way to take care of this; all you do is snip the top off the bottle, turn it upside down and push it into the pot, then water as usual. Each feeder lasts about a month, and provides the nutrition your orchid needs without you having to remember to feed it. I tend to lose track of when I last fed my houseplants, so these are brilliant for keeping me organised.
Baby Bio® Orchid Food is also available in concentrate format, just like the iconic Baby Bio® Original liquid plant food. With this product you simply add 5-10 drops to 1/2 litre of water, each time you water your plants during the growing season.
Compost & re-potting
If you’ve ever seen an orchid’s roots inside a clear pot, you’ll know that they don’t grow in your typical houseplant compost. Orchids love a moist, free-draining growing medium; Baby Bio® Orchid Compost is bark-based and specially formulated to provide the ideal growing conditions; it has an open structure which provides that essential drainage, plus added nutrients to support sustained flowering.
It’s a good idea to repot your orchid every 1-2 years, as orchid compost can break down and stop air reaching the roots. It’s also time to repot if your orchid’s roots have filled the pot, or if it stops blooming but all the conditions are right.
To repot an orchid, choose a pot that has just enough room for the roots. Put a layer of gravel in the bottom, then fill one third with orchid compost. Take the plant out of its existing pot and remove any dead roots, then put it in the new pot with the crown just below the rim. Add more compost between and around the roots, tapping the pot to help it settle. Water thoroughly and support with a cane if necessary.
And that’s it! Follow these orchid care tips and you’ll have happy, healthy orchids and beautiful blooms year after year.
Which is your favourite orchid variety?
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