How to Water Orchids
If you have an orchid in a pot, the best way to determine how much water is needed is to test the potting mix by putting your finger into it. When the top inch of the mix feels dry, it is time to water. Another way to check the moisture level is to poke a wooden stick through the base of the pot and remove it for a few minutes. If you’re not sure about the level of moisture, you can use the wooden stick as a guide.
If you’ve ever wondered how to mist orchids, you’re not alone. The topic of misting orchids is controversial, and some orchid lovers swear by it, while others denounce it as harmful. Here are some guidelines on how to mist your orchids:
Misting orchids isn’t a must, but it’s an excellent option when the humidity is low. But be careful! Misting orchids could actually harm your plant, so use a spray bottle carefully. Also, be sure to thoroughly dry stems and clean leaves before misting. This way, you don’t risk crown rot or water burn, two things that can be deadly to orchids. Here are the steps for misting orchids:
Misting orchids with ice cubes
One method of misting orchids is to use ice cubes. This method is safe, and won’t harm the leaves of your orchid. You can add as many as you want to your orchid, but don’t place them on the crown. They can be any size, as long as they are smaller than 1/4 cup. Once melted, each ice cube will provide 1/4 cup of water.
If you’re unsure of the correct humidity level, you can purchase an indoor humidity meter and put it next to the pot. The humidity level will adjust in about 10 minutes. Orchids need about 50 to 70 percent relative humidity to thrive. Especially in the northern hemisphere, this is challenging.
However, if the humidity level is only 55%, you can purchase a humidifier to provide the necessary moisture.
Misting orchids in the morning
There are several reasons why you should mist your orchids in the morning. First, you will ensure that the water splashes on the leaves will evaporate quickly. Secondly, you will ensure that the water does not get inside the leaves or stems. If you do mist your orchids in the morning, it is imperative that you wipe off the water immediately after watering them. You can find orchid spray bottles at most department stores or online.
Water the soil well before you mist your orchids. A misting bottle filled with clean, room- temperature water is best. Lastly, do not mist your orchids at night. You don’t want to leave the potting media wet overnight. This can cause the potting media to deteriorate more quickly and can also encourage mold growth. You can also damage your orchids by misting them too much, especially at night.
Misting orchids with a long-necked watering can
Misting orchids with a long-necke dripping watering can will increase the humidity level in your orchid’s habitat, but you need to use caution when misting, because the effect isn’t always permanent. Mist orchids sparingly, as misting the flower too often will cause fungal spots. Also, because the droplets won’t evaporate quickly, the water will stay on the petal for longer, allowing the fungal infection to grow.
When misting orchids, do so slowly, not in a misting motion. This will prevent the water from splashing on the crown and leaves. Water can also pool on the crown of the orchid, which can lead to brown rot and infection. Similarly, standing water on the crown can lead to crown rot. You should be sure to thoroughly water your orchids each time, but be sure to empty the watering can after use to avoid the growth of bacteria.