Orchids: The Trick to Make Them Last Forever

How to make orchids last longer naturally? Here is the cheap trick to make your plants strong and lush.

Orchids are undoubtedly among the most beautiful and elegant houseplants. Keeping them beautiful and lush requires careful care, the use of fertilizers and the right dosage of water and light. Not to mention the flowering that occurs only when the plant is in excellent condition. They are not really plants for everyone, that’s for sure, but with the right precautions it is possible to make them last a really long time. Let’s see how to do it with a do-it-yourself method.

Orchids, fascinating houseplants

Until a few years ago, growing orchids was thought to be for a few, as the plants cost a considerable amount of money and, most importantly, they required a greenhouse. Over the years, many varieties of orchids have been imported, even from colder countries, which are therefore very well adapted to cultivation in homes without the need for special equipment. This, in addition to the hybrid species developed by researchers, has made orchids much more popular and cheaper. In fact, orchids are originally tropical plants from Asia and America and can grow up to 20 inches high. Their care does not require daily attention, but that does not mean it is easy. In fact, there are many fertilizers for orchids on the market to keep them in optimal condition. For a cheaper solution, you can opt for a homemade fertilizer. You only need one main ingredient: a small potato.

Making a cheap and effective fertilizer

To give your orchids the right power, you only need a small potato and a quart of water.

But why a potato?

Perhaps few know that potatoes are tubers with excellent properties even outside the kitchen. In particular, they are widely used in horticulture because of their excellent fertilizing properties. For example, potato peels can be added to ordinary potting soil as a natural fertilizer. Potatoes contain potassium, which helps plants grow strong and lush, but especially helps at the moment of flowering. Even halved potatoes are often used to make cuttings of other plants, such as roses or geraniums, serving as a real “incubator” for the development of the roots of the cutting. But now let’s look at how this tuber with numerous properties can help us grow our orchids lush.

How to use a potato to make an orchid fertilizer

To make your own fertilizer for orchids, simply cut 1 ounce of potato into pieces, put them in the blender and add a quart of strictly lime-free water. Start the blender until you get a homogeneous mixture. Filter the liquid with the help of a sieve to remove all residues and pour it into a bottle with a spray. Now you just need to spray the mixture abundantly on the leaves and roots of your orchids 2 times a month , so that the plant grows stronger and healthier. The best times for this procedure are in the morning or early afternoon. What is left of our homemade fertilizer can of course be used for other plants, they will undoubtedly benefit greatly.

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