How To Take Care Of An Orchid In South Africa

What is an Orchid?

Orchids are plants that belong to the family Orchidaceae a diverse and widespread group of flowering plants with blooms that are often colourful and fragrant. 

How To Take Care Of An Orchid In South Africa?

Light is important.

Orchids prefer a humid growing environment.

Watering the plant will depend on the growing medium.

You can water less regularly if you make sure the plant is well-soaked.

Feeding your orchid is essential.

Plants in the home have a tendency to collect dust.

What is the secret to growing orchids?

The secret to growing healthy orchids is to grow healthy roots. Ordinary potted plants are judged by their leaf growth.

For orchids, root growth is the best indicator of the health of the plant. For orchids grown in pots, we must be extra careful not to rot or smother the roots.

What is the best stuff to grow orchids in?

Depending on the type of orchid, they can be happy growing in peat moss, fir bark, dried fern roots, sphagnum moss, rock wool,

perlite, cork nuggets, stones, coconut fiber, lava rock or a blend that combines several of these materials. Some epiphytic orchids can also be wired onto slabs of tree fern or cork.