justflowers Posts: 136
Inspired by February's Gardeners' World magazine, I bought 4 orchids from a supermarket to display on a marble topped dresser. They look great, but my record with houseplants is not brilliant. Are they likely to be in orchid compost and, if not, should I re-pot them in orchid compost straight away? Also the pots they are in seem small to me - is this how they like to grow, or should I put them into bigger ones? Many thanks.
The orchid compost is like wood chunks. You can get it from garden centres and also online. They do like to be in a smaller pot. Not quite pot bound but not with lots of space. You will notice that the pot it is in is clear. They like that as the roots need light.
It does not need a great deal of watering and dont stand them in water. When you water it, let the water run through the pot and let it drain a bit before you put it in the fancy pot. I keep an eye on it as different times of the year it needs more water than others. Now, I water it once every 2 weeks.
My friend has one and she swears by watering it with black tea (tepid) I have never done this so any thoughts on this from anyone else would be good please 😁
Do you use any feed on yours? If so what?
I do notice when I have seen pictures of other peoples orchids in bloom (on social media) they all seem to be in an outer pot too.
I have been trying to do some research around feeding or more specifically watering with tepid black tea. I know you can buy some orchid food made by bio. I had a look in our local wilkos when I was in last and it is in a bright pink bottle, costing around £3. I just water mine with tap water so would also be interested to know.
Can't help thinking that if I feed and repot it will probably die!
No need to repot them now. They usually respond better to spring time repotting after they stop flowering. Just remove all growing medium teasing carefully all the roots and remove any dried out ones and put them in new medium, usually in the same pot. Only if they have too many aerial roots it's worth going for a larger pot. But if the bark is not looking too old, I'd do it next year.
Also I've had good experience with spray fertilisers for orchids as you can spray the leaves and roots when it's in active growth.