Ten Steps to growing orchids
without overwatering them
- With the exception of a few
terrestrial genera (Paphiopedilum, Calanthe, Phaius,
etc.) most orchids in cultivation are Epiphytes. They
grow with their roots exposed to the air. Without oxygen the roots will
die, the plant will die. Too much water eventually limits
- If a plant looks shriveled inspect the roots before assuming
it is thirsty, it may very well dehydrated, be but only because it
has no roots left from overwatering.
- Use Clay Pots, Mounts and
- Small pots dry more quickly,
- Switch to an inorganic
potting media such
as Lava Rock, Solite or Aliflor
- Provide additional air movement to
help moisture evaporate more quickly.
- Keep an ample supply of
bamboo skewers in your growing area. Before watering test
several pots by sticking the skewer deep into the middle
of the pot. If it comes out damp, don't water.
- Change the hose nozzle to a
- Disconnect the hose and move
it far away and invest in an automatic watering system.
- Print out this sheet and keep
it in your growing area