Orchids are beautiful but temperamental plants. Many growers are hesitant to cultivate them due to the fear of not meeting their needs. However, there is a straightforward method to help rejuvenate a weak orchid and encourage abundant blooming.
Experts recommend refraining from hastily transplanting orchids after they have finished flowering. Instead, place the pots in a cool, dry location for a week without watering. During this period, the roots will slightly desiccate, and the leaves will droop a bit. This approach minimizes the risk of fungal growth on the plant.
After this resting period, trim the damaged roots and remove any yellowed leaves. Rinse the roots thoroughly under running water.
Next, utilize turmeric powder, a natural antibacterial substance. Mix a teaspoon of powder with 0.5 liters of water. Submerge the entire plant's roots in the turmeric solution for 30 minutes.
Afterward, transfer the orchid to a plastic cup and add a small amount of water. If the water becomes cloudy, it should be replaced. Remove damaged roots promptly.
Only healthy roots can effectively absorb water and nutrients, aiding the plant's recovery and the development of lateral roots. This method ensures the orchid foliage remains green, vibrant, and healthy. Visible improvements should appear within 4 weeks.
Turmeric possesses antiseptic and antibacterial properties that prevent fungal growth on the orchid's roots. Additionally, turmeric contains antioxidants that bolster the plant's immune system. This technique is applicable to any orchid variety. It proves particularly beneficial for Phalaenopsis, as this orchid type is often susceptible to diseases and fungal root infections.
As a reminder, we have already written what is forbidden to do when growing an orchid.
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