Status: 07.12.2023, 19:30 PM
By: Joana Lück
The immersion of plant balls in water has become something of a trend. What you should consider with orchids, you can read here.
An immersion bath for orchids can be useful under certain conditions if it is done properly. Many orchid species are epiphytic, which means that they grow on top of other plants. In addition, they have special adaptations for survival in their natural habitat, which is often airy and humid. An immersion bath can mimic these conditions and provide some benefits.
Submerge? But please follow instructions
There are good reasons why orchids should be submerged. © AMC/Imago
Orchids are among the most popular houseplants. And basically, they are also easy to care for if you avoid the most common care mistakes. When submerging the orchid, pay attention to the following points:
Uniform wetting: An immersion bath can ensure that the entire root system of the orchid is evenly wetted with water.
Root care: Diving allows for thorough moistening of the aerial roots, which is often important for water absorption in orchids.
Cleaning: Full immersion allows salts and other things such as pests to break away from the substrate.
However, keep these points in mind when submerging:
Duration and frequency: Immersion baths should not be too long. A few minutes is usually enough. The frequency depends on the needs of the specific orchid species and the environmental conditions.
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Drain it: After the immersion bath, it is important to make sure that excess water can drain well. Make sure the orchid is not left in a stagnant amount of water to prevent root rot.
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Use suitable water: Use either rainwater, softened water, or tap water that is at room temperature. Orchids often prefer slightly acidic water.
However, it is important to note that not all orchid species prefer the same watering regime. Some orchids prefer rather dry conditions, while others appreciate higher humidity. Therefore, it is advisable to know the specific needs of your orchids. Also, be careful not to submerge the leaves and flower under water.
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