With orchids being one of the two largest flower families, there is a vast variety to choose from. However, if you’re looking to add some elegance and colour to your home and you want an orchid that thrives in the South African climate, the best orchids to grow indoors include Mini Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis, Paphiopedilum, Miltonia and Vuylstekeara Cambria.
Whether you’re considering raising an orchid in your own home or getting one as a gift, making an orchid bloom again once it enters its dormant phase, can sometimes be tricky. Given that, here are three expert tips from Just Add Ice Orchids to help ease the challenge.
- As soon as the orchid stops blooming, fertilise it biweekly with a houseplant fertiliser mixed at half strength. Instead of watering the orchid, add three ice cubes in the weeks during which you fertilise it.
- Until you see a new flower spike emerge, place the orchid in a cooler environment where temperatures are between 13 and 18 degrees Celsius.
- Once you see the new spike appear, place the orchid in its original location and continue to water it with three ice cubes, once a week.
Join us as we learn more about the magical orchid with Christian Giesel from the Northern Gauteng Orchid Society, at the Orchids and Roses Fair. Tickets to the Orchids and Roses Fair can be purchased below.
Date: 26 May 2018
Venue: Woolworths and Queenspark Court, Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria
Feature Image: Jian Xhin, Unsplash