We'll explain what to consider when caring for an orchid and how you can simply repot the plant in an appropriate LECHUZA planter.
In addition, we'll give you some professional tricks from our LECHUZA expert.
Orchidology - The Basics
Most orchids that you can buy in a shop are called epiphytes. In their natural habitat, you would typically find them on trees in the rain forest. This includes the genera Phalaenopsis, Cattleya, Oncidium, Dendrobium, and Miltonia.
It is simple to draw conclusions for what an orchid needs by considering it's natural environment. They do not like soil, stagnant moisture, or too much fertilizer. In the end, this matches the nutrients they would find on a tree.
Because of the long time fertilizer contained in LECHUZA-PON, you don't need to fertilize your plant for up to one year. After that, a standard fertilizer can be added to the water.
Please Note: Only plant your orchid in PON!
When repotting, free the root ball completely from the pieces of wood and bark, so that the roots can breath freely in the substrate. LECHUZA-PON is made from pumice, zeolites, lava, and a fertilizer. It ensures optimal air circulation around the roots and stores water and nutrients!
Too much water is dangerous!
Orchids are prone to root rot. Being descendants from the rainforest, most orchids love high air humidity, but cannot bear stagnant moisture near their roots.
We've asked our LECHUZA expert for some professional tips regarding orchid care:
LECHUZA is a system that simplifies watering – you can easily water a lot less than with regular planters.
How it works:
Pour the water directly into the water supply shaft. If there is no shaft available, pour carefully over the PON. Fill the water reservoir half way or completely, depending on the size and thirst of your orchid. The water from the reservoir is transported up to the roots through the wick because of the capillarity of the PON and evaporation.
When the water is completely used up, maintain a dry phase up to one week. The PON stores the water and provides it to the plant during this time. If the leaves of the orchid become droopy in the meantime, just fill the water reservoir.
If you would like to place your orchid in direct sunlight, you can acclimate it slowly. Most orchids are raised in greenhouses and hardly exposed to any sunlight, which means that they have to become accustomed to direct sunlight slowly in order to avoid burns.
Place your orchid in a sunny place only after it has spent some time in a half shade - this is how you will avoid the risk of damage.
Like any plant, orchids need nutrients in order to grow. As they are quite frugal, they can quickly become overfertilized.
The LECHUZA fertilizer has the advantage, knowing to give as many nutrients as are needed. That's how you make sure that you do not overfertilize your orchid or burn the leaves and roots.
Loss some blossoms?
It is completely normal for orchids to drop their petals now and then. This has nothing to do with the ability to care for the plants. When the orchid has lost its blossoms and no more blooms are on their way, you should cut the stipe back, before it starts to get yellow.
You have two possibilites:
(1) The fast way: Shorten about a half an inch over the second or third latent bud - this will cause a new sprout to grow quickly.
(2) The gardener's way: Give your plant time to recover by cutting the sprout a half an inch above the first latent bud - the latent bud will evolve into a new sprout. If you use the second method, it will take longer for a new blossom to grow (up to half a year), but your orchid will thank you with brighter colors and a stronger bloom.
Step by Step: Orchid Planting Instructions
Step 1Our table planters are the perfect size for young orchids. Find the LECHUZA-PON substrate located in a bag inside the planter liner. Fill the planter liner with PON, leaving room for the root ball.
Step 2Free the root ball carefully and completely from any wood or bark. Cut off old/rotten portions of the roots.
Place your plant with the root ball on to the substrate layer. Fill the planter liner completely with LECHUZA-PON substrate. If possible, put the air roots also inside the planter.
Step 4By tapping slightly against the planter you can make sure that the orchid roots are surrounded by the granulate. Gently press down the granulate with your fingers, so that the orchid has a stable foundation within the planter. Done!