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The Best Ways To Water Orchids
There's no one-size-fits-all watering method for orchids because selecting the best hydration technique depends on what the plant is potted in: bark
or moss.
To properly hydrate orchids in bark, place the entire pot into a container deep enough to meet or exceed the bark line. Next, pour copious amounts of fresh water over the bark.
Don’t stop pouring water over the bark until the container holding the orchid pot is filled to just below the top of the pot. Then, let the bark absorb the water for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, remove the pot
from the container, making sure it has completely drained out prior to returning the orchid to its display spot.
If you’re worried that watering your orchid from above will create bacterial growth and leaf spotting due to excess moisture accumulating on the leaves, then water from below.
To water from below, fill your sink or a bowl with lukewarm water and set the orchid inside. Allow it to soak for about 15 minutes, then drain the excess water.
Depending on the orchid and the climate you live in, you’ll need to repeat the watering process every four to 10 days. If your home is very warm, water your orchid more frequently.
Before watering orchids potted in moss, test its dampness to see if it needs water by putting your finger, a popsicle stick, or a wooden chopstick in the moss to measure moistness.
Gauging the moisture of the moss is especially important if your orchid is growing in a glazed ceramic, glass, or plastic pot, as those materials hold onto moisture longer.
To properly hydrate orchids potted in moss, submerge the orchid in a sink filled with water, but keep the soak time to no more than 10 minutes.
Given its spongy texture, it is easy to overwater an orchid potted in moss. If you notice the plant's roots are dark brown or squishy, take a break from watering.
If the pot is heavy, there is no need to water. As the moss dries out, the container will feel much lighter, indicating your orchid needs watering.