This is a popular gift, which often replaces cut flowers: orchids, especially phalaenopsis, seduced.
But how to make it last a few months?
The advice of Michel Giraud, the French Orchid Society.
Orchids sold at florists and garden centers are hybrids suitable for cultivation in apartments.
They support moderate temperatures, but not too cold.
Better not to go below 15 ° C. Beware also of drafts when you ventilate the room: move your orchids to avoid the cold.
In summer you can take them out to the garden and place them in the shade, but in height, out of reach of slugs and snails are fond.
The exhibition is very important for success orchids: they must be placed in a bright spot, but no direct sun, for example, near a subdued light window with a curtain.
Once you have found a place they like, do not move, they hate it!
A suitable brightness will allow you to have the pleasure of seeing them bloom again each year.
Orchids fear the excess water but appreciate moisture. To give them the right dose, water them once a week, leaving the water running in the sink.
Never stagnant water in the saucer! By cons, you can put the pot on a gravel bed that you water regularly to create a humid atmosphere around the plant.
Fertilizer for orchids
The orchid needs food: a little fertilizer every 15 days.
Use a standard fertilizer for green plants, half of the dose indicated on the packaging is sufficient.
Liane clinging to trees in nature, orchids have aerial roots.
Pot, it is placed in a substratum compound of pine bark, peat and clay beads, which alters the months, particularly because fertilizers.
It is therefore advisable to repot every two years, in a specific mixture.
For more information, you can contact the SFO at 01 40 37 36 46.
Visuals: Dutch Office of flowers