Hardy Orchids Guide
Hardy Orchids become more and more popular. These are not plants that require special agronomic treatments or any professional fertilisation. 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 Dactylorhiza, have many dark-spotted spots on their leaves, whose intensity depends on on the intensity of light. In a 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 should be: 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 appropriate too. If you use garden compost, you don’t have to add any other fertiliser since 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.
It 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 the soil safely.
Hardy orchid should have two bulbs: one dark from the last year, which has rotten naturally, and the other one white. The white bulb is from the current year. A new plant will grow out of it on the following year.
If you notice a new white bulb please put it into the ground. The new plant will grow after the resting time.
When hard orchids end blooming you can cut their flowers out. This way plants will become much stronger and will take a more 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.