Walking through the streets of the city, I went to the flower shop to admire the flowers. What just is not in the modern flower shop! A real riot of colors. On the shelves and on the floor there are a lot of flowers and indoor plants, the most diverse in size, shape of the crown, color and shape of leaves, both traditional, long familiar to our eyes, and new, outlandish, which we have recently, and the existence which we had never even suspected. Flowerpots, vases and vases of various shapes and colors. And what wonderful bouquets are sold there, it’s hard to say in ordinary words.
Two pretty girls stood looking at the exposed flowers. They were choosing a birthday present for their girlfriend. Most of all they liked the orchid in the pot. But bad luck, they did not know what to do with it at home, and therefore doubted whether to buy it. I am not such a great florist, but I know from the experience of my friends how to grow orchids, which I told the girls about.
I thought about it and decided that I needed to share my knowledge and observations with the readers, suddenly someone else would like to buy this flower, but not quite sure that he would manage to maintain and care for him at home. If, besides aspirations, someone has already written about it, it does not matter: the more recipes and options we know, the greater the chances of success.
Of course, it is best to grow orchids in the greenhouse or greenhouse, where the most favorable climate is created for the growth and flowering of these plants. Therefore, I’ll tell you a little about how orchids are grown in their homeland, in Greenhouse Botanical Garden in Thailand.
The greenhouse is a huge glass building. Warm, light, wet. In the middle of the greenhouse is a swimming pool; There are water flowers in the pool, and goldfish swim in the water. Flowers, beautifully trimmed bushes, creepers, trees and palm trees are planted around the pool in the beds and in the pots. Along the paths all over the greenhouse grow all sorts of tropical plants that make the greenhouse look like a fabulous rainforest.
Since the greenhouse is designed specifically for orchids, they are the main characters here. Orchids grow in pots, either suspended from special long frames such as racks located around the pool on the whole area of the room, or installed on special wooden stands. The pots are small, made from the bark of the tree or from the halves of the coconut shell. Instead of soil, the pots are filled with pieces of wood, between which are the roots of the flower. Pots with blooming orchids hang at the level of a person’s eyes and hover in the air. There are a lot of them here! Visitors walk along the alleys between the hanging flowers, come close to every flower they like, admire its fabulous beauty and inhale its delicate, refined fragrance. Unusual beauty.
We are far from Thailand and its tropical climate, so we have to adapt to the climate that we have. Unfortunately, in our Khrushchev houses we can only dream of greenhouses. But what if you still want to have this beautiful flower? I will share the experience of keeping orchids at my friends' house.
1 case. In this house, the flower is treated calmly. Orchid, bought in a flower shop, stands on the windowsill in a room on the sunny side. There are blinds hanging on the window, which cover the flower from direct sunlight, and curtains cover the flower from the side of the room. The flower grows in a small pot. Water it when they remember about it, once in one or two or three days. Sometimes, when they remember, they spray it with some water. The window is opened for ventilation when they want, but in the winter, when it is cold outside, the flower is still protected, the window does not open. That's all, all care. For a year and a half, the orchid would throw out one or two arrows and bloom three times.
2 case. Here over this flower they shake fanatically, they love and cherish the plant. An orchid stands on the windowsill on the east side. There are also blinds covering (but not completely covering the light!) From the hot sunshine. Light curtain separates the window sill from the room to create a warm microclimate. A pot with a flower is placed on beautiful pebbles in a pan filled with water to create a greenhouse effect. Heat from the window (in winter from the battery), moisture from the water, no wind or draft. In winter, when daylight is not enough, the owner additionally turns on the lamp on the windowsill.
No, no, to open a window or a window or simply to look and look at a flower, even when the arrow has already appeared, even though the flowers themselves are still far away - you can break the microclimate! When it is hot or just warm, the owner often sprays the leaves with water from a spray bottle. The roots protrude from the pot (the pot is small and with holes for ventilation), but the owner says that this is exactly what is needed, and it is also advisable to sprinkle the roots, and not just the leaves, during the flowering period. The arrows cut off when they dry out after the flowers have faded. For a year and a half this flower threw out several arrows and bloomed three times.
As life shows, orchids are quite capable of adapting to our climatic conditions, so anyone who wishes to have these flowers at home can safely buy them and grow them on their windowsill, following a few basic rules:
Orchids should be kept on the south or east side of the apartment.
On the window where the flower stands, it should be light enough, but it is impossible for direct sunlight to fall on the plant.
On winter days, when daylight is not enough, you need to additionally light the flower with a fluorescent lamp.
It is undesirable to keep a flower in a draft.
The pot should be small, half the size of a coconut, and it is advisable to make holes in it for ventilation; it may be plastic, but better and more beautiful if it is made of wood or coconut.
On hot and warm days, the flower should be sprinkled with distilled water from a spray bottle, refreshing the leaves and roots. During flowering, the plant must be sprinkled so that water does not fall on the flowers.
To provide a humid microclimate to a flower, you can place an open container with water near it; it is advisable to water the flower regularly, but not to get involved in excessive watering, because the roots will start to rot. To create a moist microclimate, it is better to place a flower on pebbles or a trellis on a tray (saucer) with water.
An indispensable condition for the growth and flowering of the flower is a mild, warm and humid climate.
As you can see, it is quite easy, simple and easy. But how much joy and pleasure get home, when the flower blooms again! Join, ladies and gentlemen, to cultivating this exotic miracle at home, and your orchids will grow and bloom no worse than in distant overseas countries, delighting you and your guests with their delicate, magnificent flowers.
Good luck to you, beautiful flowers and good mood! Life is Beautiful!