Display Stunning Orchids
From: DK Books - How to Grow
When to Plant: late spring
At Its Best: late spring to summer
Time to Complete: 30 minutes
- large plastic-lined basket
- expanded clay pebbles
- garden moss or moss-like substitute
- thin wooden stakes
- Colmanara 'Massai Red'
Line the Container
If your container doesn't have an integrated lining, use a sheet of plastic to line it. Then add a layer of expanded clay pebbles, which absorb water and slowly release it to increase humidity.
Add the Orchids
Keeping the orchids in their pots, arrange them in the basket. Make sure that their flowering stems are well spaced out for maximum impact. Stake any wayward stems to create a fanlike shape.
Fill the Gaps
Hold the orchid pots upright and fill around them using more expanded clay pebbles. Firm them down gently to ensure that they hold the plants in place, which can be top-heavy when in flower.
Top With Moss
Finally, add a layer of garden moss, or a moss substitute, over the clay pebbles and tops of the orchid pots. Water the pots and add some water to the pebbles as well.
Place the orchids in a bright room, away from full sun; keep them at 59–73 degrees F during the day, and 50–59 degrees F at night. Throughout the year, water the plants when the soil is almost dry and apply an orchid fertilizer with every other watering. Spray every few days with rainwater or filtered tap water to maintain humidity.