How to Grow Orchids From Cuttings

When most orchids (Orchidaceae) are only hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zone 10b, the vivid flowers make excellent indoor specimens when given sufficient soil and moisture. In case you have one of over 1,200 species of Dendrobium orchids, then you can propagate the plant to grow orchids that are several with exactly the very same features as the mother plant.

Cut a stem on your own forehead at least 12 inches long near the base using pruning shears or a sharp knife. Split the stem into 3- to 4-inch segments, making sure every segment has a dormant bud.

Line a shallow tray with sphagnum moss, until it is thoroughly moist, and mist the ribbon. Place the cuttings in the tray. Cover with polyurethane plastic wrap and place in a place that’s at least 60 degrees of direct sunlight.

Fill one 3- to 4-inch pot per orchid plantlet with fir bark potting mix to within an inch of the top of the container. Place one in every container, then covering the stem segment and roots with potting mix When the orchid stem plantlets have sprouted in the buds.

Line a tray with smooth stones and add sufficient water to almost cover the stone. Put the pot on top of the rocks to keep the atmosphere round the humid. Keep your fresh orchids in an area which receives mist them every day, and bright, indirect light. Orchids prefer temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit depending upon the species, and a night temperature of 50 degrees for optimum flowering.

Water your orchids from the drainage holes per week until water flows and fertilize every three weeks with a orchid fertilizer from spring into mid-fall. Alternately, dip the base of the container in a bucket of water, letting it soak through the holes.

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