The warmth of the sun and the greenery sprouting makes those chilly winter days seem far away. During the spring season, it's important to make sure your plants are taken care of. Orchid care is incredibly easy, but there are a few supplies you’ll want to have on hand. Here are five orchid care essentials you’ll need for spring.
Fertilizer is essential when it comes to orchid care. It helps your orchid rebloom due to the rich nutrients it contains. A great fertilizing tip is to put your fertilizing solution in a watering can. This allows you to place the solution close to the base of the plant. After your orchid has flowered, make sure you fertilize it at least once a month. Just make sure not to water your orchid the week it's been fertilized. Your fertilizer solution is half water, so it’s already getting what it needs.
First-time orchid owners might not be used to trimming spikes, but it's incredibly easy to incorporate this into your orchid care routine. First, you’ll want to access the status of your spikes. Healthy spikes are green and firm to the touch, while unhealthy spikes are brown or yellow in color.
With clean scissors, trim the spikes from the plant. For healthy, green spikes, you’ll want to trim one inch above the node. For unhealthy, brown spikes, make sure to cut all the way back to the base of the plant.
For double-spike orchids, cut one spike at the base of the plant, and cut the other spike one inch above the node under the lowest flower bloom. Keeping your spikes neat and tidy will make your orchid care routine easier.
Besides being annoying, houseplant pests can harm your plant. An easy way to fix this is to create your own solution with water and a few drops of rubbing alcohol to keep the pests away for good.
For thrips or “sucking pests,” you’ll want to isolate your plant since they will travel from pot to pot. Next, spray with water, and use drops of rubbing alcohol to kill off the insects for good. Continue to inspect throughout your orchid care routine to see if any have returned.
Something else you’ll need to have on hand is a new, larger pot for repotting your orchid.
We recommend repotting every year or two to give your orchid more space to grow and keep the potting media fresh. The best time to repot is between blooming cycles, when your orchid is resting.
In addition to a larger pot, you’ll also need potting media. The potting media gives your orchid support, good drainage and air circulation while helping it store water and nutrients. We recommend soilless potting media to promote good drainage. A mix of peat moss, vermiculite or perlite, and compost or organic fertilizers can provide a good environment with sufficient nutrient content that will keep your orchid growing.
Keeping these five items on hand will help you keep up your orchid care routine this spring and all year long.
Our orchid repotting kit contains two of these five orchid care essentials, along with step-by-step instructions for repotting your orchid. Buy one today and you’ll be all set for spring!