Kitchen staples that will keep orchids ‘happily flowering’ - and basic tips to guarantee blooms for ‘many years’

Kitchen staples that will keep orchids ‘happily flowering’ - and basic tips to guarantee blooms for ‘many years’

Experts shared gardening tips

Solen Le Net

By Solen Le Net

Published: 24/02/2024

- 09:00

Updated: 28/02/2024

- 14:25

While orchids a reputation as difficult houseplants, following a few simple guidelines can keep them happy for years

Orchids are among the most admired decorative flowers, but their peculiar needs can be offputting to inexperienced gardeners.

A unique characteristic of the plant is its ability to flower year after year with good care from its owner.

The most common threats to the welfare of orchids are fungal infections.

Fortunately, gardeners can boost their plants' defences against these pathogens with the help of milk and cinnamon.

Orange orchids

Orchids are highly susceptible


Russell Birchell, founder of Hedging UK, told GB News: “If your plant is struggling with a fungal disease, mix equal parts milk and water and spray it on its leaves.

“Dusting some cinnamon powder on cut surfaces is another natural fungicide and can promote fast healing.”

Experts at Platerhoma confirm that milk “can help orchids grow,” thanks to its calcium and proteins.

In fact, the Napa Valley Orchid Society considers milk one of the “top 10” natural fertilisers for the ornamental plant.

The kitchen staple is also an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral agent when used as plant feed.

Other key orchid care tips

To ensure they stand the test of time, their owners must consider all the plant's other needs.

Rules will differ for each variety of orchids. Some general rules apply to most species, however.

Gardening expert James Mayfield told GB News that fertilising the plants in the coming weeks could be the key to longer-lasting blooms.

orchids in garden

Orchids can enjoy a long lifespan with the right care


“From early spring through [autumn], when plants are actively growing, I apply a balanced orchid fertilizer monthly,” he said. “This nourishes them without risking burns from overfertilisation.”

The expert cautioned that following instructions on packaging is of the utmost importance, as orchids are highly susceptible to environmental imbalances.

“With proper care and following these basic tips, your orchids will continue to brighten your home with their beautiful blooms for many years to come,” added James.

“The keys are indirect light, through weekly watering, airy potting mix, humidity and occasional feeding. Your orchids will reward you with their extraordinary flowers!”

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