Orchid in pots: which container is better to choose?
Orchids in nature and at home
Much of the plants under the common name orchid in pots do not need at all, but can grow on wooden blocks, because they are epiphytes - in nature they grow on other trees. However, most gardeners still prefer to grow them in a pot - it is more convenient. By the way, do not think that epiphytes are parasites: they don’t suck juices from their supports, but only use them as a backup to get a little bit of sunlight - most orchids come from the jungle. Now many species of orchids live in the apartments of city dwellers. Phalaenopsis, dendrobiums, cattley, vandas are especially popular. Many of them are epiphytes, and therefore, in addition to a special substrate for growing, they need a special container for planting, especially for phalaenopsis and wands.
To each kind - according to needs
So what kind of pot is needed for orchids of these species? The requirements are not so complicated.It should be spacious enough, but not too large, it should also be transparent, since the roots of the plants of these species are involved in photosynthesis, and it must also be very well ventilated. Usually phalaenopsis is already sold in suitable pots, but the necessary containers are sold separately. Improve ventilation by cutting several holes in pots. Dendrobium and cattley do not need transparent containers. Someone plant in a transparent container, through which you can see thick green roots, it seems not too beautiful. In fact, more experienced flower growers can put the pot in a beautiful ceramic pot, but in this case, the regularity of watering should be carefully controlled, since root decay can begin very quickly. For beginners it is better to take beautiful colored transparent flower pots.
When the pot is not needed
Some types of plants such as orchids in pots are not so much
need, it is difficult for them to find suitable containers - so these representatives of the plant world are tiny. Florists with such an unusual specialization a bit,but most of them grow representatives of their collections in blocks. By the way, in countries such as Thailand, on farms you can see that the orchid is sold in a bottle. As a rule, plants are grown from seeds in this way — they are placed in a nutrient solution and the container is plugged until the plant is ready for planting. On bottles, you can often read detailed instructions on what to do with it and in what time frame.
About the need of lithophyte orchids
Orchid lithophytes, that is, the same plants as an orchid, in the pots of which there must be ordinary soil, in some special containersdo not need, as long as they are not too small or large. It should be remembered that most of the plants in this family do not tolerate transplantation too well.
more often than once every 1-3 years, but it is not recommended to take a pot much larger than the previous one. Many hybrids and natural species of plants such as orchids, in pots and without them, are loved by urban residents so much that in a rare house there is not a single phalaenopsis or dendrobium. In offices and institutions, they are used everywhere. And indeed, it is pleasant to look at beautiful flowers that do not fall for a long time, especially if the plant does not require complex care.