Hardy Orchids Guide
Hardy Orchids become more and more popular. They are not plants that require special agronomic treatments or professional fertilization. All they need is a good humidity with good soil permeability and a moderately sunny place. Orchids bloom beautifully and abundantly for a long time. They look amazing when planted close to one another. In addition, some species of orchids, such as Dactylorchiza, have many dark-spotted spots on their leaves, whose intensity depends on on the intensity of light. In sunny place, spots are almost black. Such colored leaves look particularly attractive.
Hardy Orchids can be planted directly into the ground or in containers. Growing orchids in pots allows for better control of watering and possible pest control.
It is important to use a large container to maintain constant moisture levels and proper temperature, especially at the roots. It is also essential to have light shading and good air circulation. If possible, immersing the container in damp sand will give the roots the ideal conditions.
The basic features are the same: good drainage with excellent retention (circulation) of humidity, relatively high content of organic components. Many substrates used in rockery gardens can be suitable for hardy orchids. Mixed garden compost , fibrous clay, gravel and perlite are proper too. If you use garden compost, you don’t have tu add any other fertilizer because hardy orchids don't tolerate firm firtility.
In our cultivation we apply the following principles:
Our hardy orchids must grow in shady place.
We never expose them to full sun (between 10:00 to 16:00 hours) but we place them where they receive early morning or late afternoon sun.
We don't give any fertilizer.
In the winter we keep the plants outside because they need frost.
Sometimes happens that after replanting the plant, it goes into a state of rest. Then the leaves fade and the plant looks weak. It is very easy to see if everything is okay. You can remove it from soil.
Hardy orchid should have two bulbs:
one dark from last year, which rotten naturally and the other one: white.
This white bulb is this year , from which will grow new plant next year.
If there is new white bulb, please put it into the ground. The new plant will grow after resting time.
When hard orchids end blooming you can cut out flowers. This way plants become much stronger and create compact form
Hardy orchids have shallow roots so please take attention while doing weeding.
Don't hesitate to contact us to ask any questions you might have regarding the plants.