One of the best ways to plant your orchids or any plants in your garden for that matter is to have a set rule in place and I said procedure so that you follow them closely and the idea is everything of course will then go as planned. In this article we’re going to look at each step and the work that needs to be put into looking after seedlings and what tools as well as what equipment you might need to get the best from your orchids and other plants.
So let’s not waste any time, let’s just get straight into looking at the best ways of planting orchids and do all garden plants.
One of the best things to do when you’re starting out and you’re looking to plant is with seed trays. Seed trays help you to carefully and neatly divide up your seedlings and as a result they will not be competing for ground or any other nutrient. It also means that you can evenly water them and prepare them correctly. This gives each plant the best chance for survival. When the plants begin to germinate and they just start breaking through the soil that’s a good time to be very careful with watering. Make sure that you’re only using a spray bottle and nothing any any more aggressive than that or you could kill or damage these little orchid seedlings.
Once the seedlings of taking hold well you’ve got two choices really, the first one is to put them into bigger pots or secondly you could plant them directly into the ground. My favourite choice here is to put them into a slightly bigger part because then you can move them as necessary. If you put them into the ground just stuck and if there’s a downpour or there’s a lot of wind you risk losing them. In my experience it’s always been that it’s much better to pop them into pots and then give them a chance to really take hold and become the solid plant prior to fully planting in the garden. So with that in mind. Let’s take a look at the steps and how we deal with it.
The best thing to do is to take a look at the size of the seed try and the amount of earth in with the seedling. Then take another plant pot and half fill it with compost. Once you have filled it with compost you then simply top up once you’ve placed the seedling in around the original earth of the seedling. Doing this means that you don’t disturb the roots of the seedling which could cause it to be stressed and die. So leaving the original worth from the seed tray is imperative at this stage. Once you’ve transferred the plant and it’s in the pot with the Earth topped up, it’s time to add some water and hydrate the plant. This is really important because this unsettling process is quite stressful for the plant and watering of course will considerably help them.
Once you fully transplanted the orchid seedlings into a pot you’re ready to leave them be for a little while. Just water them every day, and you can put them by the windowsill so they get the full effects of the sunlight in the same way as a greenhouse would work. You could also just put them in a propagator or a greenhouse. Garden ToolBox sell whole wide range of seed trays, plant pots, and propagators don’t would get this job done perfectly. So if you looking for some equipment there two guys to speak to.
In a couple of months time you’re going to have really well developed plants and their just simply going to need a little bit of TLC and moving to the ground. When you put them in the ground be sure to make sure that you get all of the grounds wrapped well and also add some compost to it you could also pop some stones and some broken terracotta at the bottom of the hole and behold to really help the plant with drainage. Don’t don’t worry the plant will really thank you for that drainage because orchids and all plants in general really like a good bit of drainage although of course they like to enjoy the water that you provide them. As well as the water from the rain. It doesn’t mean that they want to be overly wet all the time, a bit like us we love a shower but that doesn’t mean that we want to stay in the water 24/7. There’s times where we need to be dry. So with the plants perfectly transplanted and in the garden and taken hold you can sit back and enjoy the garden and all of the beautiful orchids in it.
In summary I would highly recommend that you plant from seed trays to plant pots rather than directly into the ground because the success rate and survival of almost all clubs with considerably higher this way round. Granted, it’s a lot more work but at the end of the day more work provides more plants. So you could argue that it’s actually les work overall because you simply need to grow less seedlings to get the desired number of orchids out at the end.