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How to take care of the orchid in the summer: instructions on how to care for orchids in the summer. Irrigation and advice.
Should the orchid be kept indoors or in the garden in summer?
Someorchidsthey can be kept both indoors and outdoors, while the more delicate species should be kept indoors even in summer.
- The Phalaenopsis orchid is an adaptable species, in summer it can be kept both indoors and outdoors.
- The Cymbidium orchid is an adaptable species, in summer it can be kept both indoors and outdoors.
- Most orchids should be kept indoors even in summer, especially the species:
L'Phalaenopsis orchid and Cymbidium, should be taken outside when the minimum night temperatures never drop below 14 - 16 ° C, this coincides with the end of May in Northern Italy.
Regardless of where you keep it plant, this must not be exposed to drafts (such as the jet of an air conditioner in the house or the wind outside).
L'orchidit must be kept in a shaded position and away from sunlight.
If in the periodautumn winter, L'orchidit must be kept in full light, in summer too intense brightness can be very harmful. If theorchidpresentsyellow leaves, probably it is the fault of an excess of sun which, in extreme cases, can cause sunburn and leaf discoloration.
An excess of light and sun during the summer can compromise the formation of the floral organs, so the orchid may not bloom or produce few flowers and small size. An orchid without flowers can also be affected by fungal diseases or a soil that is too poor, but we will see this later.
Ideally, in summer the orchid should be kept in partial shade, possibly under the dense foliage of trees such as birches, plane trees, oaks, maples, beeches. These trees let in some rays of sunshine.Be careful not to place the orchid near resinous trees (firs, cedars, larches, pines ...), the resin can damage the foliage and ruin the plant.
In case oforchid in the balcony, you will have to prepare nets and racks able to shade the plant. Avoidgrow the orchid on the balconyif there is a lot of wind, the plant will suffer.
How to water the orchid in the summer
Summer, for the orchid, represents the resting phase. Irrigation must be drastically reduced. You will have to irrigate about half of what you did in winter or reduce irrigation by a third if the environment is too dry.
In summer, excess water can cause damage to the plant. In case oforchid in the house, you can proceed with some foliar nebulization but always in moderation.
How to fertilize the orchid
Between October and March, theorchidit goesfertilizedevery 10-15 days. During the "summer break", you just need to administer the fertilizer only twice, in the cooler moments of the season (mid-June and early September).
Administer a specific fertilizer, rich in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, preferably enriched with iron. On Amazon some excellent orchid fertilizers can be found at a price of 4 - 8 euros with free shipping costs. For all information, please visit the official page: "Fertilizers for orchids on Amazon“.
Diseases of the orchid
In summer theorchidis exposed to differentillnessesfungal. Beware of leaf, aerial or root rot and also beware of gray mold. Observe the plant daily and at the appearance of the first signs, perform a treatment with a copper-based product (fungicide).
If the orchid receives too much light, it weakens and becomes more exposed to attacks by mites and plant lice. In this case you can act by sprinkling pyrethrum on the attacked plant.
If you have other plants affected by scale or slugs, take action promptly. Slugs and scale insects can also infest the orchid, manifesting different symptoms. The slugs cause irregular erosions and leaf holes. Mealybugs can be seen on the leaves and multiply quickly.