In order to define the right moment for watering, it is necessary to develop a good feeling for assessing humidity inside the pot, which is acquired only with experience. That is why essentially every orchid enthusiast has or will be faced with disappointment when drowning or drying out a few plants. In further text, we will present you with a few tricks to make the watering process of these tropical plants easier.
Three ways of how to easily assess the humidity of the substrate
- When you are not completely sure whether the substrate in the pot is dry enough, it is wiser to wait a day or two than instantly water the plant. The Phalaenopsis orchids endure drought better than over extensive, long-term humidity surrounding their roots. A transparent pot will provide a fairly good insight into its contents and, in time, you will learn how to properly assess the dryness as well as define the right moment for watering the plant.
- The other way for assessing the situation is to evaluate the humidity by weighing the pot. You need to establish how heavy is the pot that contains the orchid when the substrate is completely dry and how heavy it is when completely soaked in water. The success of this method also depends upon the feeling you will develop with time and experience.
- The third method is using your finger, which needs to be placed as deeply as possible into the pot, and then deciding how damp the substrate is. In our greenhouse, we check the humidity inside the pots on a daily basis, since the humidity factor is, besides adequate climate conditions (temperature, light, air humidity), one of the most important conditions for healthy and quick growth in orchids.
Watering the plants inside the decorative pots
Orchids can be kept inside larger, decorative pots, meaning that their roots will not be exposed to light. This is not a huge problem – and it is normal that people will care more about the aesthetic image of the plant placed inside their homes. Besides, the plant will acquire stability when placed in a ceramic container of this type.
- Placing the pot in a water-filled bucket
- The best way to water the orchid is to place the pot in a water- filled bucket, which can, in the summertime, also contain a fertiliser solution. The pot is left to soak in the water from one to ten minutes and should then be thoroughly drained before placed back into the decorative pot.
- Shower watering
- Similar effect can be reached by placing your plants under the shower, while at the same time refreshing the leaves and removing dust from their surface. This method is recommended to be followed a few times in a year.
- Watering by using a watering can
- The classical watering method by using a watering can is just as efficient. The only thing one must remember is that you will need to let some water pour through the pot in order to soak all of it thoroughly.
- Spraying the flowers
- Orchids can also be sprayed directly on flowers. In doing this, you need to avoid humidity, which would be left on the delicate flowers through the night – this could cause Botrytis. This fungal disease is manifested as small black spots on the flowers and can completely corrupt its beautiful image.