Are SkyPots A Good Solution For Your Grocery Store Orchid After It Blooms?

Are SkyPots A Good Solution For Your Grocery Store Orchid After It Blooms?

Grocery store flowers can be quite tempting, especially for budget-conscious plant lovers. Stores like Trader Joe’s and Aldi offer beautiful and affordable flowers and plants that can add life to any space. However, while buying a plant is easy, keeping it alive and healthy can be a challenge. For instance, orchids are gorgeous but require specific care. Overwatering can cause water damage, and they need full sun to thrive even after blooming. Drip irrigation systems, such as SkyPots, can be great for storing plants, but they may not be the best solution for orchids that have bloomed.

If you’re looking for a space-saving option for indoor or outdoor plants, hanging gardens can be a great choice. This attractive way of hanging plants makes top-down watering a breeze. While drip irrigation may work for many plant species, orchids are delicate and require regular hydration. Therefore, SkyPots may not be the best option for storing your orchid during its dormant season.

Orchids are too delicate for drip irrigation

Successfully caring for an orchid is rewarding. However, losing an orchid due to overwatering is the opposite; it feels like a failure, no matter how many plants you’ve grown. That is why drip irrigation is not a suitable watering solution for your orchids. Drip-down watering consists of one water source that trickles down from plant to plant. In this setup, plants are arranged vertically so excess water does not stay in the soil but drains into the pot below. It’s an ingenious way to conserve water and save space, but it’s not an effective way to store or water your orchid.

Orchids need regular watering, but they cannot be consistently wet. They will become susceptible to fungi and diseases like root rot. After their roots and soil are adequately hydrated, they must be left to dry. No matter how minuscule, a continuous trickle of water will keep the soil moist and prevent it from drying out. While you can certainly hang an orchid, you’ll need to bring it down when you’re ready to water it.

Give orchids a weekly bath instead

orchid in sink

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Orchids are showy centerpiece flowers that need more care than the average house plant. They are both prone to overwatering and underwatering. Even those born with a green thumb consider orchids dramatic due to their particular care instructions. If you bought a grocery store orchid, you’ll also discover a thin line between hydrated and water-logged. Keeping a strict watering schedule is the best way to nurture your plant.

For the best results, you should thoroughly water your orchid in the sink once a week. First, remove the plant from its decorative pot, but keep it in the plastic grow pot. Then, place the orchid in the sink. Water it completely with lukewarm water so the soil and roots are well-moistened. After you’ve watered the plant, leave it in the sink to drain. Once it has drained all excess water, you can return your orchid to its original pot.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.