A few months ago I got an orchid for my birthday. I heard they were pretty easy to take care of and my thumb has never been green so I thought I could give it a shot and maybe it would grow.
At first I watered my orchid once a week with ice cubes, but it didn't seem to like that. then I started watering it with plain tap water and the leaves perked up a little bit but that's when the flowers fell off. Orchids do go through cycles where they lose their blooms, but with my history of growing things I was sort of assuming I had killed it. That, however, was not the case. I saw a bright green leaf poking out from the center and another one growing from a funky offshoot on the side. The leaf on the main plant got bigger, as big as the other leaves beneath it. The offshoot started growing its own roots. I was so surprised!! Early on I had even neglected to water it a couple of times but it seemed to be doing well!
Last week I watched a few videos on orchid care ranging from watering, to replanting, to fertilizing, and which planting material is best. This past Saturday on a rainy and unseasonably cold day I decided to re-plant my orchid plant into a larger pot and cut off the small offshoot with it's stubby roots because one was just barely beginning to grow into the stem of the main plant and to me, that didn't look like it was supposed to happen. I also had a rather top heavy Aloe plant that I decided might be safer in a pot better suited to its proportions.
Of course I took pictures of the majority of the replanting process with the orchid. I'm not sure that I did this 100% correctly, but here's a little summary of how things went. Bear with me, the first few pictures are pretty similar.
So much root rot!!!!!!!! The roots get flimsy, gray/black and papery. This is a result of being planted only in moss! I'm surprised the plant got any water at all!! I did hear in one video that you can grow a plant back to health with basically no root system but that is sort of an extreme situation. Hello, extreme situation!
Right: Orchid mix. Wood chips and twigs along with some other really healthy things for growing orchids in! Allows air to reach the roots but still hoods enough moisture to grow a healthy plant.
I think it looks pretty happy in its new place.
Do you have a green thumb?
What kind of houseplants do you grow?
--Isaiah 61:11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.--