How to propagate an orchid quickly and easily at home? Simply with a banana peel. Here is the procedure to follow.

Aesthetically very beautiful, elegant and refined, orchids are probably the most demanding houseplants. Although they are minimalist plants, their flowers are able to really color and beautify any environment. Their care requires some attention but is not particularly difficult. In fact, it is possible to spread this idea at home in a few simple steps and with a few natural ingredients. Let’s see how it works.

How to propagate an orchid indoors

Propagating an orchid indoors may seem like a difficult task. In reality, all you need is a wilted orchid branch that may look almost dead, a small banana, some ground cinnamon, a clove of garlic, some moss, a candle, a plastic bottle, and some water. The process is simple and requires only a little time and patience for the orchid to take root.

First, you need to find the branch to cut. It is best to choose a branch without flowers or buds. Cut it away from the rest of the plant and trim the ends again until the light green interior is visible. Our new orchid plant will start from this branch. At this point, it is necessary to peel a clove of garlic and use it to stick the ends of the branch inside. You need to use the garlic clove to massage the two green sides of the branch well. This will help prevent mold or fungus from forming and prevent the twig from rotting.

Now take a candle and light it. When the wax begins to flow, use it to seal the ends of the branch. It may seem like a practice that prevents the plant from breathing or sprouting, in reality this technique will serve to prevent our branch from losing water. Now that you have prepared the branch for propagation, you just need to continue with the procedure.

The propagation processes

Take your small banana, peel it and put both the fruit and the peels in a blender. Then add a quart of water and mix everything well. When you have obtained a liquid compound, equip yourself with a sieve and filter the obtained substance in a glass. This liquid serves as an activator for the branch, which is completely immersed in an airtight container for at least 20 minutes. Meanwhile, pour a teaspoon of cinnamon and a quart of boiling water in another container. Mix this mixture well and let it cool.

Once you reach room temperature, proceed in this case also by filtering everything well. The mixture of water and cinnamon will serve as a disinfectant for the moss in which we will place our future orchid. Then dip the moss in the mixture and let it soak for 20 minutes. After this time, squeeze it well and let it dry on a paper towel. Now you just need to build your own mini greenhouse where you can put the orchid branch. Take a large bottle of water and cut it off a third from the bottom, leave a part together so that it can be opened and closed again.

On the bottom of the bottle put some pebbles, which will serve as a drain so that the water does not stagnate.  Then put the moss on top and place the orchid branch horizontally and moisten it with the same water in which it was immersed. Spray it completely with some water and close the bottle to keep the moisture. Continue misting regularly and after a few weeks you will already see the first shoots. It is recommended to leave the branch at least a few months in the DIY greenhouse, after which you will have a seedling with roots ready to be buried in the bark.