Fit for the challenge
and tailored to your orchid
Your orchids are going to love it! ORCHIDEA’s semi-transparent insert lets plenty of light reach the roots, promoting healthy growth for this demanding plant.
The original LECHUZA orchid substrate mix comprises coconut fibers and humin, and it is exactly what orchids need for perfect growth.
And the best part is that the orchid planter set already includes enough of this special substrate mix for potting!
Caring for orchids: Professional Advice
Tips from LECHUZA’s experts
Orchid watering instructions
Follow these steps:
1. If you don’t have a water supply shaft, only pour water moderately over the substrate from above, do not pour water over the plant’s flowers or leaves. Fill the water reservoir halfway, or use a little less water depending on the size and individual needs of your orchid.
2. Once all the water is gone, allow the plant to be dry for a period of 7–14 days. Using your finger, check how moist the substrate mix is, taking into account how much water your orchid variety needs. Watch for wilted leaves on your plant, this could be a sign that your orchid has had too much or too little water.
Correct fertilizing and feeding
Like any plant, orchids need nutrients to grow. However, since they don’t need a lot, you can quickly run the risk of over-fertilizing them. LECHUZA’s slow-release fertilizer can be used both with the special orchid substrate mix and LECHUZA’s PON substrate for a period of 4–6 months. After that, use an orchid fertilizer every 4–6 weeks.
Orchids need a lot of light, but should still be protected from strong, direct sunlight. Otherwise, they may experience burns from the sun. It is best to leave your orchid in a half-shaded position at first before moving it to a sunnier op
Withering and pruning
What to do in case of flower loss or damage
In principle, it is quite normal for orchids to lose their flowers from time to time. It doesn’t always mean that you haven’t looked after them properly. You should cut an orchid back if it loses all its flowers on one stem, if no new flowers regrow from it and if the stem is already yellow/brown. There are two options:
1. The fastest way: Cut the stem about half an inch above the second or third dormant bud.
2. The gardener’s way: By cutting the stem about half an inch above the first dormant bud, you will give the plant more time to recover. This will make the single dormant bud turn into a new flowering shoot. This method may take longer for the next flowers to appear (up to six months), but the orchid will reward you with stronger flowers and richer displays of color.
LECHUZA tabletop planters are the perfect size for young orchids. The substrate mix can be found in a bag in the planter insert. Fill up the insert, leaving enough room for the root ball to be placed inside.
Gently remove wood and/or bark from the orchid’s roots. Take this opportunity to cut off old, rotting roots as well.
Position your plant with the root ball on top of the substrate layer. Fill up the insert, right to the brim, using the remaining orchid substrate mix. If possible, put larger aerial roots into the planter.
By gently tapping on the planter repeatedly, the substrate will shift around and achieve greater contact between the orchid roots and the substrate. Lightly press down with your fingers so that your orchid is firmly in place inside the planter. And then you’re all done!