‘Main cause of death’ for orchids that ‘causes root rot and fungus growth’ – how to avoid


    During the blooming season, it’s ok to water twice per week, because the blooms will last longer if they have an adequate supply of clean water.

    Avoid underwatering

    Underwatering, likewise, “can kill an orchid”, says the gardening pro. Melissa explained: “Orchids do a good job of getting what they need from the air around them, but if the humidity isn’t quite right and their roots are deprived of water for too long, they will use up their reserves and the leaves will crinkle and dry out.

    “It is easier to revive a dry plant than one with root rot, so I try to err on the side of watering less and misting more, but typically, indoor plants a good soaking once per week, with the opportunity for potting medium to dry out between waterings.”

    If you keep your orchids outdoors during the warm months, they will need to be watered more frequently. The expert shared that her outdoor orchids like to be watered every two to three days.

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