Orchid is one of the largest plant families, which, according to various sources, has from 750 to 800 genera and almost 35 thousand species. And this is as much as a tenth of all the plants on our planet. Despite the difference in climatic conditions in which orchids grow, their survival mechanisms are almost the same. So, the vast majority of orchids are epiphytes, that is, plants, all parts of which are in the air. In the growth zone they occupy all the free space – in the crown of trees, on branches, in places of branching and crevices of thick trunks, they hang on vines. Anyone who has ever visited countries with a tropical climate clearly understands this picture. Continue reading
Florariums are one of the most spectacular ways of landscaping the interior. Decorative, impeccable in appearance, requiring minimal care, but at the same time bringing us closer to nature, like classical plants, these gardens in glass vessels conquer more and more flower growers and designers. And although decorative elements in florariums of any format are no less important, plants still remain the “soul” of mini-terrariums. For such compositions, they really should be special – expressive, vibrant and stylish.
For general information about the types of florariums, the basic principles of their creation, read the material: Terrariums for plants, or Florariums. Continue reading
Tip 3. Smart watering orchids
The love of orchids and their tropical origin should not mislead you. In most cases, orchids are sufficient to water about once a week. It is better to water the orchid by immersion in water or by the method of showering, while the first method is much simpler and more reliable. A pot of orchid is immersed in a container with rain or other soft water so that the substrate is well saturated with moisture (no more than 20-30 minutes). If you are lucky and your tap water is not hard and suitable for taking care of indoor plants, then you can even turn the plants under the tap or soak an earthen clod with a shower, but remember that the water should never be cold. As soon as the water completely saturates the substrate, carefully remove the container on a stand or pan and let all excess water drain (it should not stagnate around the roots of orchids and remain in the pan). Continue reading