How To Water Orchids Properly

Watering orchids properly is essential for the health of your plants. To water your orchids the right way, you need to consider the type of plant you have, the potting medium you use, and also the temperature and humidity in your area. These three are factors in determining the type of water you should use for your plants, and the frequency of watering you need to do.

Type of water

There are many different kinds of water you can use for your plants. Tap water is commonly used by many people as it is readily available in almost any home and very cheap. One problem with this is that it is chemically treated, usually with chlorine, so it is best to use it with caution. Rainwater is a great, inexpensive choice as it is natural and pure, and even adds nourishment to your plants. Distilled water is another good choice, as it has no minerals that can leave deposits on your plants. One problem with it is the fact that it can be costly.

Frequency of watering

Typically, orchids thrive in being watered just once or twice a week. The frequency of watering highly depends on the potting media you use, as each potting medium has different capabilities of retaining water. Bark and sphagnum moss have good water retention, which lessens the need for watering. When using synthetic materials like wine corks and clay marbles, you will have to water more often as these dry out very quickly.

It’s also good to be familiar with your orchid species since different orchids have different requirements. Another factor is the temperature in your area, as more heat means the plants will dry out more quickly, which increases the need for watering more often. Air flow is also a consideration, as this also dries out your plants more.

Other things to consider

Generally, orchids prefer to be always dry rather than always wet. It is good to let the plant dry completely in between watering.

Never water at night; do this during the morning. Watering at night causes water to stagnate, encouraging the growth of fungal and bacterial diseases. Also, orchid roots continuously soaked in water will rot. Therefore, it is essential that your plants are dry as nighttime comes.

Use warm water and not cold. Constant exposure to cold will actually kill your plants, especially if the temperature in your area tends to be cold as well.

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