Orchids are highly appreciated and very popular flowers. They are delicate, original and colorful at the same time, brighten your interiors and give your home a unique and decorative touch. However, it is known that their cultivation, care and storage are quite complicated. So how to keep them alive as long as possible and make them bloom all year round?

How to care and maintain the orchid flower?

To promote the flowering of orchids, it is necessary first of all to water your plants regularly. Moisture in the soil helps to extend the flowering period and duration. They need to be watered once a week and at most every two weeks in winter. It is also important that they receive the right amount of sunlight without being exposed to too much sunlight. Since these houseplants cannot tolerate direct sunlight, care must be taken when light bathing them to ensure they receive enough light to thrive.

Like all plants, orchids have special needs to last a long time. There are several fertilizers on the market, but they often consist of chemicals that can be toxic to both your flowers and your health in the long run.  For this, there is nothing better than natural fertilizers! Inexpensive, you can prepare them yourself at home with ingredients that you probably already have at home! So, you do good for the planet and save your wallet at the same time!

How to make fertilizer to stimulate and promote the flowering and growth of an orchid?

In order for your orchids to thrive optimally, it is important to fertilize them very regularly. For this, there is nothing better than a natural fertilizer, easily prepared at home. Here are some that do not require too much effort and are easy to prepare at home.

How to make orchids bloom all year round with the rice water trick?

Potassium, iron, silicon and phosphorus are components that contribute generously to the good growth of orchids. We can find all these elements in a single ingredient:  Rice water.

To use it properly, just follow these steps:

  • Put the equivalent of 10 grams of rice in a quart of hot water.
  • Leave to macerate for one hour;
  • Drain the rice, filter the water and let it cool down;
  • Pour the resulting liquid into a bottle;
  • All you have to do is water your plants with it!

You should use this mixture once every four waterings. You will notice the difference and the development of your orchids after a few days.

How to preserve an orchid with the trick of Epsom salt?

Another trick is also very effective for the growth and preservation of orchids. The use of Epsom salt. The salt helps to nourish the soil in the pot, which makes the orchid grow faster, but also blooms majestically. In the end, you get magnificent flowers, even more beautiful than usual.

Epsom salt consists of hydrated magnesium sulfate and allows plants to better absorb essential nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus, stimulating their flowering. It also allows the formation of chlorophyll, which is essential for photosynthesis.

But how to use this ingredient, you ask me? Here’s how:

  • Add a teaspoon of salt to a quart of water.
  • Pour the resulting mixture on your plants;
  • Repeat this trick once a week.

How to make a faded orchid bloom again and allow regrowth?

Generally, orchids bloom once a year, usually in the spring. To encourage growth, we recommend that you cut off the flowered stems completely after flowering. Your plant can then form new stems and will be adorned with even more beautiful flowers than before! This first flowering can take weeks!

To release a second flower on the same stem after the last faded flower has fallen off, follow this method:

  • Cut your stem above the second node;
  • Place your plant in a cool place. The ideal temperature should be around 15 ºC.
  • And let your orchid rest in this space for about twenty days, between three and four weeks.

You will see, your orchid will bloom a second time a year and new small buds will appear!