Vases for orchids

Vases for orchids

Phalaenopsis Orchids: which vases to choose?

When we think of an orchid, the image that takes shape in our head is probably that of Phalaenopsis, one of the most widespread and known species in the world. With the flowers with the typical butterfly shape (the name derives from the Greek and means "like a butterfly") and the leaves of an intense green color, this orchid has all the right credentials to make a fine show in our homes . The problem arises when it is time to take care of it and perhaps not everyone knows that one of the aspects to be considered mainly, even before exposure, watering and fertilizing, concerns pots. The most indicated type is made up of opaque or transparent plastic containers; these vases, in fact, allow a better illumination and transpiration of the roots, besides giving the possibility to pay more attention to the conditions of their health.

When and how to repot?

Once it is established that the vase of our orchid is not the most suitable one, it is necessary to replace it. This operation, however, cannot be carried out at any time, but it is essential to respect precise methods and times. First of all, the most suitable period is in late spring, immediately after the end of flowering or in any case when new roots are born. As for the modalities, a first trick to adopt is to wet the plant, in order to make the roots flexible and avoid breaking them; they must then be cleaned, cutting off the dried or rotten ones with scissors disinfected with alcohol (or, in the absence of this, bleach), and finally sprinkled with a fungicidal powder. Once this phase has been completed, the orchid can be placed in the new pot, inside which a small amount of soil will have been previously placed; the roots should be placed gently and covered with other soil. It is advisable to wait at least a week before watering, so that the cut parts have time to heal.

How to take care of orchids

After examining the importance of the vases, all that remains is to briefly mention the treatments to be given to this splendid flower. Being predominantly native to tropical countries, orchids prefer moist and luminous environments (with a temperature between 16 and 24 degrees) , but it is good to avoid direct sunlight. Watering varies depending on the time of year: in summer it can also be done two or three times a week, while in winter one is enough; the essential thing is to avoid that the ground remains completely dry or, on the contrary, that stagnant water is created. To ensure the right amount of moisture, it is advisable to spray the leaves, but not the flowers. Attention, however, to the type of water: better to prefer demineralized water (the one found in the trays of air conditioners or dryers).

Vases for orchids: Reproduction: mission impossible?

For those who have a green thumb and want to go further, why not try to reproduce the beautiful orchids? The most used procedure is that of division; it consists in removing the new jets (the so-called "keiki") once they have grown enough to acquire their own roots and repot them separately. It is an agamic technique that is a type of multiplication that allows to obtain plants identical to the one that generated them. Another technique sees reproduction through seeds, which are transported by the wind (or taken artificially by man) and can give life to a plant with different characteristics from the original one. A mode of undoubted charm, but which can only take place in the presence of particular nutritional elements. In both cases, cultivation is not simple and takes quite a long time, but it is a challenge that can give great satisfaction.