Because of their beauty and long flowering orchids are very popular tropical plants. However, over time, due to lack of space, the roots can overflow the pot; these sooner or later dry out and rot. In addition to repotting, you also need to think about propagation of your orchids. We will show you a simple trick! Growing orchids at home is not as difficult as it seems. And although this operation may seem complex and only true connoisseurs can achieve it, in fact there is a simple trick to reproduce them easily at home.
Orchid: a brief history
Orchid is one of the largest plant families, with over 25,000 species. With its beauty, spectacular shapes and colors, the orchid has fascinated plant lovers for centuries. These magnificent flowers appeared almost 200 million years ago and have since spread around the world. In fact, the first document referring to orchids is contained in the work “Inquiry into Plants”, dated around 300 BC and written by Theophrastus, considered the father of botany. However, the plant was identified as an “orchid” in the 1st century by Pedanius Dioscorides, botanist, pharmacologist and Greek physician in the Roman army, in his encyclopedic work “De Materia Medica” listed medicinal plants and their healing properties. Given its popularity, lovers of this plant have shared several tips. We leave you to discover a very simple method to reproduce your orchid.
How to grow an orchid with the plastic bottle trick?
You do not have to be an expert or have a green thumb to make orchids bloom in your home . All you need is a plastic bottle and a few minutes of concentration. We’ll show you the steps below:
Reproduce an orchid: What you need:
- At least 2 branches of orchid
- Some moss (sphagnum)
- 2 rubber bands
- An empty plastic bottle
- A cutter or scissors
- A little alcohol
Propagate an orchid: How to go about it.
- First, cut a cutting from your plant using a sterilized cutter or scissors. You can also take a single cutting and cut it in half to make two stems of equal size.
- Cut off the flower if it is still there.
- Put the foam in a bowl, spray with a little water and squeeze with your hands. In general, sphagnum moss is an ideal moss that is very suitable for growing orchids. Thus, it helps to build the tropical atmosphere around the roots of the orchid.
- Wrap the hydrated moss around the end of each cutting and secure it with the rubber bands to keep it still.
- Now it’s time to prepare your plastic bottle. Cut it in half with a cutter so you can join the two pieces together.
- Fill the bottle with 2 inches of water and then place your cuttings on the bottom so that the moss is well submerged in the water.
- Close the bottle by inserting the top part into the bottom part.
- Then make a few holes in the cork with a needle or awl (you can heat it to make it easier).
- Seal the bottle and place it in a well-lit area for 2 weeks. Be sure to keep your plant away from drafts and excessive heat.
- When the roots appear, it would be time to plant the cuttings in a pot.
With this simple trick, you can easily reproduce orchids at home and surround yourself with their beautiful, refined flowers.