How to care for the Calanthe Orchid and how to grow it.
The orchids have a bad reputation as they are known to be difficult plants to take care of, as they are very delicate. Although while for some cases it is true, there are many different varieties that are very resilient to harsh weather condiaitons. One example pertains to the calanthe orchid. I will teach you more on how to care for the plant.
Calanthe Orchids what are those?
It is a genus of orchids that has only five different species. Most species are in the USDA zone 7, so they are pretty strong plants that are able to endure the winter if they’re insulated well enough. This essentially means the orchids can grow outdoors if your climate allows it to.
The orchid plants can be divided into two main groups. These are the deciduous and the evergreen. Both types will potentially bloom for a longer period of time throughout the summer, or if you are lucky a bit longer into autumn.
How to Grow a Calanthe Orchid
The Calanthe orchid plants prefer a rich soil, which drains well. The best mix contains rotting organic material, grit, peat, and nutrient rich soil for ideal conditions. Preferably they should be both in the ground and in containers.
Find a spot for them with dappled shade and enough modest water to survive on. The best soil is the ones that retains a slight bit of water (the function of peat), but the container itself should be able to drain the water well enough to prevent the roots from getting any rot.
Taking care of the Calanthe orchid is not too challenging. Plant your orchid in a pot, make sure the plant is at least 30 cm deep in diameter so that it stimulates its new growth.
If your variety is deciduous, you can remove the worn leaves back as soon as autumn. The plant will lie dormant during the winter period – if you want to pot grow your calanthe orchid, then you can store them in a cool basement.