Orchids are beautifully delicate flowers that are perfect for Spring! We hear from the professionals from Lechuza South Africa regarding top tips and tricks for caring for these dainty flowers.When repotting an orchid, free the root ball completely from pieces of wood and bark, so that the roots can breathe freely in the substrate. Lechuza-Pon is ideal, made from pumice, zeolites, lava, and a fertilizer that is perfect for planting your orchids. It ensures optimal air circulation around the roots and stores water and nutrients. Things to remember when planting orchids: Light Orchids like light. Not all of them can bear direct sunlight though. A window sill facing the east or west would be ideal. Water Less is more! With the support of the Lechuza sub-irrigation-system, the roots supply themselves without standing in water. Their expert suggests to mist some water over the orchid’s leaves. This imitates their natural habitat and creates a comfortable humidity level in the air around the tropical plant. Orchids also prefer lime-free water (e.g. rain water). Location If you would like to place your orchid in direct sunlight, you can acclimate it with some patience. Most orchids are raised in greenhouses and hardly exposed to any sunlight, which means that they have to become accustomed to direct sunlight slowly in order to avoid burns. Place your orchid in a sunny place only after it has spent some time in half shade – this is how you will avoid the risk of damage. Fertilizer Orchids need nutrients in order to grow but can quickly be overfertilized. The Lechuza fertilizer has the advantage of only supplying your plant with nutrients as needed. Thanks to the long-lasting nature of Pon, you won’t need to fertilize your plant for up to one year. After that, a standard fertilizer can be added to the water. Loss of blossoms? It is completely normal for orchids to drop their petals now and then. When the orchid has lost its blossom on a stipe and no more blooms are on their way, you should simply cut the stipe back, before it starts to yellow. To find out more about the amazing planters available from Lechuza visit www.lechuza.world.
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