Who doesn’t love orchids? I have never met anyone who does not appreciate the delicate flowers or colors that orchids bring to delight us. While you may not want to tackle growing full-grown orchids, these mini teacup delights will still bring you great pleasure. They are perfect for smaller homes or apartments where there is limited space. They just need a windowsill and some care. You will be surprised how much fun they can be.
I have started growing mini orchids because I am fascinated by their tiny perfection. I like the fact that they don’t need a lot of space. I am looking forward to a growing collection.
How to Care for Mini Orchids
Orchids have gotten a bum rap when it comes to being able to grow them. It’s not all that difficult. You need more common sense than anything. Here are the tips you need to keep your minis in good shape.
Watering and Humidity
Pour distilled water into the soil in the pot once per week during the winter months until it is saturated and water runs out of the bottom drainage holes. When the temperature warms, increase watering to twice per week.
Mini orchids prefer higher humidity levels of 70 to 80 percent. The minimum humidity is 50 percent. Mist indoor plants between waterings to keep humidity levels high.
Fill a shallow bowl or dish with a single layer of pebbles and set the miniature orchid pot on top of the pebbles. Pour distilled water into the dish until it covers 3/4 of the rock height to increase the humidity level around the miniature orchid plant.
Place the miniature orchid pot in a bright windowsill but out of direct sunlight, which will burn the fragile leaves. If the leaves turn yellow or red, the sunlight is too bright, and you should move the orchid to another location. Mini orchids flourish best when placed near a southern or eastern facing window. Western windows frequently prove to be too hot.
Place a thermometer next to the window where the miniature orchid is located and ensure the temperature is between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and between 60 and 62 degrees Fahrenheit at night.
Even miniature orchids need support so their stems don’t break. If you purchase mini orchids from a home center or nursery, they will come with a supporting rod to keep the stem upright.
How to Pot Mini Orchids
- Turn your orchid and pot upside down, with one hand held over the potting material to prevent loose potting matter from falling out.
- Tap the bottom of your pot and/or use a sterilized knife to lightly scrape around the inside of the pot and potting matter.
- Gently remove the orchid from the pot, and remove old potting matter from the roots with your hands. You might need to gently shake the roots to remove any material that sticks to the roots.
- Remove old, loose, damaged, or diseased roots by using a sterilized cutting tool. A pair of garden shears works great. You can also use a knife.
- If the roots are healthy for the most part, position the orchid in a pot one size larger than the previous pot. You should position your orchid with the old growth toward the back, so that the new growth has space to grow (frontwards). Monopodial orchids (orchids that grow upwards rather than sideways) should be repotted in the center of the container.
- Place the plant so that the new shoots are level with the pot rim. Position it in the new pot at the same depth as it was prior to repotting.
- Fill the bottom of your pot with a layer of Styrofoam peanuts to ensure proper drainage (optional). Then add your fresh potting matter.
- Place a wooden stake at the center of your pot and secure the new and old leaves carefully with string.