Do you love orchids? Do you know how to take care of them?
I love, love, LOVE orchids, although taking care of them is not my greatest achievement. I have had mixed reports on whether orchids will live in WaterBeads or not. This week I heard from an orchid expert.
Kathie is what I refer to as a ‘double green thumb’ person. Her home is literally covered inside and out with plants and orchids are among them. She recently gave me a little insight to the debate on WaterBeads and said I could share it here with all of you.
She has some baby orchids in wine glasses filled with WaterBeads and said,
I wouldn’t ‘plant’ orchids in waterbeads. Up here (Montana), we have very low humidity – and orchids actually do better in high humidity. The baby orchids are kind of on top of the water beads so they are in a very humid environment as the water beads lose their water to the atmosphere. It helps keep their baby roots hydrated. For adult orchids, the reason they are usually planted in bark is that the bark soaks up the water and releases it over time. The beads could perform the same job, although it would probably be better for them if there was just a layer of beads on the top of the bark rather than submerging the orchids completely in an entire container of waterbeads. In Florida, where the humidity is so high – this kind of stuff isn’t so much of an issue and why you can see some varieties of orchids growing in open boxes with no soil or bark or anything. It depends on the climate where you are growing them. People who are lucky enough to have greenhouses that they can control the humidity do it that way.
Thanks Kathie for helping us with whether orchids will live in WaterBeads.
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