How do I water a mini orchid in an exemplary manner?
A mini orchid - like its big sisters - is placed in a bright location at warm temperatures of 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. In view of the small volume, the orchid soil dries out more quickly. To prevent the risk of waterlogging, we recommend immersing the plant instead of watering it. That is how it goes:
- If the coarse substrate feels dry, take the transparent pot out of the planter
- Immerse the root ball in soft, room-warm water until no more air bubbles rise
- Do not allow water to penetrate the heart of the plant or the leaf axils
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If the transparent culture pot is steamed up from the inside, there is no need for water, even if individual parts of the substrate are dry to the touch.
Does a miniature orchid need fertilizer?
The orchid gnomes grow much more slowly than their majestic counterparts. The nutrient requirement turns out to be correspondingly lower. During the growth and flowering period of a mini Phalaenopsis, you should therefore only fertilize every 4 weeks. For this purpose, add a liquid orchid fertilizer in half the concentration to the immersion water. If the tropical plant takes a break in winter, do not give any fertilizer until the next shoot.
Can I cut a short orchid?
The following rule of thumb applies to mini orchids: Never cut green parts of the plant. You can pluck withered flowers if their appearance bothered you. Please do not cut off leaves and shoots until they are completely dead. Use a very sharp knife or scalpel that you disinfected beforehand with alcohol or spirit.
Mini orchids are often planted in damp moss and a pot without an opening in the bottom so that they look beautiful in the shop. It is best to free the small beauties of flowers at home from this completely unsuitable environment. Repotted in a transparent culture pot with permeable, special orchid soil, the tropical plants feel very welcome in their new home.