Caring for Spider Orchids
Posted April 8, 2011on:
I am an orchid lover and I have grown different types of orchids in my home garden among which there is a beautiful type of orchid named spider orchid. Doesn’t it sound strange? Actually spider orchid is another name of Brassia. This orchid have an appearance that resembles to a corn stalk as it has green leaves and a stem that comes out of stalks with yellow flowers. People love to grow this flower in their gardens but do not know the exact tips to take its care in good manners. Are you facing the same problem? Then read tips given below as they are related to taking care of spider orchids.
Spider orchids should be placed in a location where temperature remains between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit during day time and night temperature should be between 60 and 65 degrees.
When I grew these orchids for the first time, I was completely unaware of its light requirements therefore I lost my orchids. Then I consulted a nursery and came to know that spider orchids like subdued lighting. In order to know whether orchids are getting enough light or not, there is a simple tip. If spider orchid leaves become reddish green, it means they are getting too much light. On the other hand, if leaves become dark green, it will indicate that plant is not getting the right amount of light. Leaves of spider orchids should have bright green color which shows that lighting conditions are adequate.
While watering plants, make sure that soil is moderately dry. Don’t wait for watering until soil becomes fully dry and hard. Spider orchids don’t need much water when new shoots are not sprouting but when a new flower blooms, it requires more amount of water. When watering, place gravel under the container where there are drainage holes. It will prevent plant from sitting in water on the tray. Another thing which needs to be mentioned here is that always water plants at their base. Water should not get inside the new bloom.
Spider orchids need to be fertilized only once a month as over-fertilizing may harm plants. I have gone through all these experiences so I want you not to make any mistake. As far as getting fertilizers is concerned, you can consult a nursery for that purpose.
In lower temperatures, humidity level of the location should be between 40% and 50% whereas in higher temperatures, there should be 55% to 75% humidity.
After every two years, repot plant in a new medium fir bark. The best time to repot spider orchids is when a new shoot is about 3 inches in length or when you see new roots.
You can follow any of the tips mentioned above with confidence because I have experienced all these and got same results as I expected.