Definitive Culture Guide – Watering Orchids in Your Kitchen

orchidsKeeping indoor plants is a common practice in many homes. Some keep them for decoration purpose to add an aesthetic quality to their houses. However, did you know that houseplants offer a variety of health benefits including boosting mental alertness and air purification? Nowadays, orchids are some of the most sought-after indoor plants to include in that small space remaining within your kitchen. They are flowering plants with attractive petals and pleasing scents that no one would turn down.

Everyone is in need of a modern house with new fixtures and finishing. That is why many homeowners are refurbishing their kitchens by painting and installing new cabinets. Even though these products are said to be domestic-friendly, a significant pollution happens within your house due to paint, furniture, and synthetic materials. Therefore, indoor air is likely to be more impure than the outdoor air. Even the cooking appliances while in use produce some carbon dioxide, not to mention the amount being exhaled by the inhabitants.

houseplantsGrowing houseplants has been there since the times of Greeks and Romans. Some plants were used to decorate interior living spaces, others were used to purify indoor air, while others eliminated pollutants that cause mold formation on wet surfaces. The purpose of these plants was basically to improve the quality of life.

Watering Your Indoor Orchids / Bathroom and Kitchen

watering orchidsThere are various ways to water your indoor orchids. However, maintaining your plants by watering does not mean you waste water. Your monthly water bills should always be constant as long as you have a well-organized watering plan and schedule. Also, the kitchen fixtures such as kitchen faucets or bathroom faucets play an important role in water saving. Probably you want to connect a hose to your bathroom faucet so that you direct water to those potted orchids at the balcony. The latest types of faucets are designed to self-regulate water flow and can be efficient when it comes to watering your plants.

Alright, here are the three watering methods to use.

  1. Watering Can

watering cansIt is one of the common methods whereby you pour water into the pot and leave it to filter through by gravity. The pot may be put in a container so that the excess water flowing through the drainage holes is collected and preserved for the next watering. If the pot doesn’t have the drainage holes, avoid pouring excessive water because you will be over-watering your orchids.

  1. Bottom watering

Your orchid pot is placed inside a drip tray so that water is poured into the tray, and then the pot draws water up. The size of the tray may depend on the size of the pot. If the tray is small, you might be required to water severally so that the plant gets enough water. In case you notice there is excess water that has not been drawn, get rid of it to prevent rotting of your plant.

  1. Immersion

The pot containing your plant is immersed inside a bowl full of water. Bubbles will come out for about two minutes or so, when they stop it means the pot is already saturated. Remove it from the bowl and wait until the soil dries so that you can repeat the process. If you suspect some plants have infections, don’t use a single bowl for all of them. Or else, you can choose to water them at last after the healthy ones.

When is Best to Water Your Orchids?

orchids 2There is a difference between outdoor and indoor plants. Outdoor plants must be watered at a specific time of the day. This is not the case when it comes to houseplants because they are not interacting with the sunlight directly. It doesn’t matter when you water them. Actually, you can do it at your convenient time.

Even though there is no much harm when watering plants in the evening, it is not very recommended.  During this time, temperature is low and evaporation is also low. Plants are not ‘willing’ to take up more water. The excess water will sit around the stems and may attract diseases that cause stem rotting. So, you can always water the orchids in the morning. By the time evening falls, all water will have been used by the plants.

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