Orchid Care Tips to Keep Them Alive and Healthy
As a Superyacht Stewardess, you will be required to take care of many flowers and plants onboard.
The orchid is a humble yet exquisite flower and it will be right on top of the list of plants to take care of, as many superyacht interior designers and stewardesses just love them.
This may be because the beautiful orchid can compliment any colour scheme and it will bloom for weeks on end.
Caring for the delicate orchid flower may look like a challenging task, but taking care of Orchids is not that complicated, in fact, it’s quite easy. And Just because it’s different from traditional potted flowers, many stewardesses think that they are far too delicate to have on a yacht, however, in my experience, this simply is not the case.
But people are afraid of them. So, if you’re looking for the best orchid care there are a few important tips you need to know to help make it easier to care for the indoor plant.
What are Orchids?
Orchids are epiphytes or “air plants”. This means that the Orchid flower doesn’t grow in the dirt but rather by clinging on to tree barks and roots. They get most of their nutrients from detritus which gather around their roots.
Orchid flowers aren’t rooted in soils in the wild. So, if you want the best Orchid flowers these facts are important to consider. With the right care, Orchid flowers can blossom and live virtually forever.
Most Orchids die mainly because of overwatering due to the misconception that plants only need water to survive longer. This is, in fact, the opposite when it comes to Orchid flowers because, in the wild, they don’t sit in wet soil because the flowers’ roots will rot and die since it cannot absorb water and nutrients.
So, when it comes to Orchid flowers, the less the water the better.
Orchids are tropical plants and need four things to thrive on the yacht, these are:
- Partial light
- Consistent watering
- Warm temperature
Place 2-5 ice cubes around the roots of the indoor plant at least once a week and allow them to melt into the pot. Many stewardesses place the ice on the crown (on the top of the leaves in the centre).
This is a fundamental error because wone the ice melts, it can pool around the leaves which in turn will rot them over time.
To test if there is enough water in the soil, dip two fingers into the soil, pull them out, then rub the fingers together. If the soil is dry, then you can add more water, but if it’s moist, then there’s probably enough water for the Orchid flowers.
Temperature and Lighting Tips
Air conditioning can dry the soil, so it’s wise to keep checking from time to time to ensure proper moist levels. Spraying the flower with water is bad since spraying the plant with water turns the flower brown and rot.
In case of dusty leaves use cotton wool dipped in milk to wipe the leaves. The leaves will feed on the milk and as a bonus, will make the leaves glossy.
Don’t place the Orchid flowers close to direct sunlight, a fan, or air conditioner. But once in a while, get them outside for some moments near the sunlight but not in direct sunlight, away from the air-conditioned yacht for a fresher flower.
Some Orchid flowers bloom in humid areas like restrooms. Orchid flowers flourish in humid areas, like out in the sea or a bathroom. But remember that too much moisture with little air movement can make the Orchid flower vulnerable to rot. You must achieve a decent balance of airflow and humidity for optimum Orchid care.
Most orchids need moderate to warm temperature constantly. For the best Orchid Care, you should ensure the temperature doesn’t fall below 15 degrees Celsius. During the day, the best temperature for the indoor plants is between 22 to 25 degrees Celsius for the best Orchid Care.
Ceiling lights in the superyacht will undoubtedly not have enough light for the Orchid flower so you should place the plant near a window for natural sunlight but ensure the plant isn’t exposed to direct sunlight.
Other Orchid Care Tips
You should never let the Orchid flowers touch anything. If the Orchid flowers touch something like a wall, it completely harms the delicate flowers’ leaves and petals.
Orchid bark is most probably the best the best material to plant the Orchid flowers in. Remember that Orchids should not be planted inside the soil to avoid root rot and to allow the root to have enough oxygen to live.
Since some superyachts Orchids are potted in moss you should ensure the moss is dry before rewetting it since it’s so easy to over water the flowers in the moss. If you’re not sure, you can just go with bark instead.
Orchid plants can live for a long time but it depends on whether they have roots or not.
Good luck with taking care of the of the beautiful Orchid flowers, and hopefully, you feel more confident when handling these amazing flowers.