If you have one or more orchids at home, it’s wise to buy special orchid potting soil. An orchid gets air through the roots, so the soil in which it stands must be open and airy. Ordinary potting soil is much too dense, in there the plant won’t be able to breathe. In this article we’ll explain how to use orchid potting soil and care best for the plant.
Using orchid potting soil
Take the orchid, remove as much old soil as possible and cut dry or damaged roots. Grab a clean pot, and place a layer of hydrograins at the bottom. This ensures good moisture management in the pot. Then place a layer of fresh orchid potting soil on top of it. First dip the plant in lukewarm water and then place it in the pot. Fill the pot to the top with potting soil, then press it loosely. Give it enough water, and your plant is ready!
Also see: How to bring your orchid back to life
Watering your orchid
Orchids are not big water consumers. In summer it only needs to be watered once a week. In the winter this will be even less: once every ten days is sufficient. The best way to water your orchid is to use the kitchen sink. Water the plant for about 15 seconds, and allow it to drain for about 15 minutes. Is this too much of a hassle? Then pour a little bit of water in the pot of the plant, and not on the plant itself. And always be careful to avoid overwatering, you don’t want to drown your plant.