When should I water my orchids?
When to water will vary based on type of orchid and what the conditions are. Over watering is probably the major cause of orchid death with new growers.
The best thing is to develop a method of knowing WHEN to water. Some people go by “heft.” Lift the pot right after watering. Know what it feels like. When it is extremely light, water.
What does NOID mean?
NOID stands for No Identification. When a plant loses its tag, it loses its identification, and thus is now a NOID(name the species…phal, den…etc.).
I Bought an Orchid, now what?
Congratulations and welcome to the world of orchids! Contrary to popular belief, orchids are easy to grow! Following a few steps your plant will reward you with wonderful blooms year after year.
Proper care will ensure the blooms you are enjoying now will last as long as possible. Take your plant to the kitchen sink and run tepid water through the pot for several seconds, until you can see water flowing freely through the drain holes at the bottom. If the orchid is in an arrangement, you should take its pot out of the arrangement to water. Check your plant every few days by sticking your finger into the potting mix. If it is dry, water it in the same fashion. If it is still moist, wait a few days and check for moisture again.
If the orchid is part of an arrangement that you enjoy indoors, you may also mist blooms with tepid water once a day to keep them a bit fresher.
Once the plant has finished blooming, you should determine what care it requires during it’s growing season. If your plant came with an identification tag in the pot, use that to determine what type of orchid it is. Many orchids are easily adapted to different environments and knowing what kind of orchid it is will enable you to provide it with conditions it will thrive in. There are many books and online resources available to assist you with specific plant information.
The leaves on my orchid are wrinkled or pleated. Why?
If you own an orchid from the oncidium alliance (Miltonias, Brassias, Oncidiums, etc.) and the leaves are wrinkled (also called acordion pleating) you have a humidity problem. The air around the plant is not humid enough, or there is not enough water getting to the plant, either from under watering or a root problem. Rotted roots cause the same symptoms as an underwatered plant as the roots are not carrying water to the plant.
While the plant may recover, the leaves will be permanently pleated.
How is cinnamon used in orchid culture?
Cinnamon is a natural fungicide. Most people use cinnamon when repotting to prevent rot in roots which are broken or cut.
To use cinnamon, take regular baking cinnamon and lightly dust it over the cut roots which have been wetted. If you don’t wet the cut or injured root first, then the cinnamon won’t stick. Some people prefer to use peroxide or a little alcohol rather than water.
The imperative word here is “dust”, as too much cinnamon can inhibit root growth. Using cinnamon on unaffected roots is probably not a good idea.