Do you grow orchids in winter? Did you die for a bloom or two in February when the ground was covered with snow, ice and filth? If so, the blooms on your orchid are probably LONG gone and you are thinking about tossing that plant out, aren't you? WELL STOP. That orchid is still a fantastic plant and it CAN bloom again for you, though it might take awhile.
Before we discuss flowers, let's just take a second to appreciate the beautiful leaf form of an indoor orchid, shall we?
Pretty, right? Those leaves will hold their sculptural form for MONTHS and all they ask for is a few ice cubes each week. That is it. 3 ice cubes from your leftover sweet tea and your orchid will be happy as a clam. The roots will grow up and out of the pot (see above), but that is completely normal and OK. Orchids in the wild grow on trees with their roots exposed. Don't try to tuck those roots back down into the pot. Just let them be.
You might even move your orchids outdoors for the summer to get a little light, but it is not necessary. Remember they grow ON trees in the jungle, meaning they are under the canopy and do not receive a terribly large amount of direct sunlight.
NOW. Flowers. If you want your orchid to re-bloom, you need to give it a bit more attention. First things first, if you haven't yet, snip off the old stem as low as possible and discard. Then you need this simple recipe: A little more sun, a little more light and a wee bit of fertilizer. Give it a weak fertilizer (a 20-20-20 or a fertilizer marketed for African Violets) and a spot closer to the window or outdoors under indirect sun. Water a few times a week (though do NOT get it soaking wet) and before you know it, that old orchid you were about to throw out will reward you with another show.
If you liked this tutorial, then you might enjoy the BOOK!
Make your own coconut oil.
Gather your own sea salt.
Grow your own grapevines for wreaths.
Give gifts naturally grown and crafted from your backyard garden.
Each chapter focuses on a plant or groups of plants and how to grow them in your home garden. Then, gather up those natural ingredients and get crafting! From lavender wreaths and hypertufa planters to lambsear angels and pickled tomatoes, there are projects for beginners on up!
Crafting with Nature is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, POWELL's! (!!!!) Booktopia (Australia!), IndieBound, Alibris, Glose.com, The Book Depository and Walmart.com. Books are also rolling out to retailers and libraries, so check for them there.
If your library does NOT have it yet, this is why you should talk to your librarian!