I like orchids because they’re beautiful but practical too. Buy a bunch of flowers. They are pretty and may last a few weeks. Buy an orchid plant with flowers plus buds and it will decorate your place with flowers for up to three months.
Lots of healthy buds prolong flowering
I remove the bark or moss from around the aerial roots in the pot. I replace it with brown clay balls leaving some aerial roots sticking out of the pot.
To remove dust, I wipe over the leaves with lemon slices.
By placing a bamboo kebab stick in the pot, when it is dry, I know I should water the plant.
Water sparingly as the aerial roots inside the pot can rot.
For humidity, I place the pot on a saucer of damp polystyrene granules, out of direct sunlight. Spraying the aerial roots regularly has the same effect.
Aerial roots absorb moisture from the damp granules on the saucer below.
To prevent pests, I allow some airflow.
After flowering, I cut the green flowering stem, half way down above a joint.
Once flowering is over, a new leaf will grow from the healthy plant.
An orchid suits any occasion, from deepest sadness to pure joy. It is a comfort.