How do you take care of Cactus and Orchid Plants?
Posted 30 June 2008 - 09:06 AM
Any tips or advice?
Posted 30 June 2008 - 09:11 AM
Orchids are another story. I found this website to be helpful when I was researching orchids for the wedding. Care tips are along the left side. Orchid Care Tips
Posted 30 June 2008 - 09:20 AM
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 09:21 AM
do the cacti need to constantly sit in the sun or is a little sun ok?
Posted 30 June 2008 - 09:29 AM
They will become accustom to the light they have and adjust accordingly so you don't want to move it all over your house. If they are new plants, you don't want to place them in direct bright sunlight because they can burn.
When you water, you never want the plant to go completely dry but you don't want to saturate the roots. See if you can find some sort of decorative stick (or a pencil) and stick it in the plant, all the way to the bottom. When you pull the stick out if any moist soil is stuck to it, you won't need to water. A lot will depend on the dryness of the air in the house and the amount of sun as to how quickly they will absorb the water.
Posted 30 June 2008 - 10:06 AM
Posted 30 June 2008 - 10:10 AM
To water them, first make sure they are in a pot that drains. If not, repot them.
Then put them in a bowl, bucket, pot or just plug the sink. Run warmish water over them (they don't like cold water) and soak them. I run the water until the water level (as it drains out the bottom) is about 1 inch from the top of the pot. And then leave it for about 30 minutes. Take it out, let it drain and it's set for a week to 10 days. You can tell if it needs water because the pot will seem light when you pick it up. But never more than 10 days.
Also, when it's blooming it will need less water than when it's not. (They bloom during dry season.)
Also, they can use food once or twice a year, if you want. But you don't really need to. Soem people say it helps them bloom. Just get orchid food drops and you're set.
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Posted 01 July 2008 - 09:21 AM
Posted 01 July 2008 - 11:42 AM
Living in AZ my florist friend told me "water your cactus garden as often as it rains" which is hardly ever! and when I do water it, it only gets a tiny bit of water.
No idea on the orchid! I would love to have one, but I'm sure I'd kill it!
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