Despite their exotic appearance, orchids are easy-going houseplants. Are you looking for a fantastic houseplant to fill up the empty space of the Christmas decorations? Orchids make beautiful houseplants and show off their vibrant colours and wonderful look. At Rushfields, we offer lots of orchids to place on your windowsill, diner table, coffee table, or side table. Orchids are quite happy in any indoor conditions and require little care for their spectacular displays. Excited to buy orchids? Visit Rushfields Plant Centre in Poynings and get ready for a fresh new start in 2021.
You'll find the most popular orchid Phalaenopsis in our garden centre. This species stays in bloom for a very long time. We stock many different colours of Phals orchids at our garden centre. Choose the variety that suits your interior. Unlike many other orchids, Phalaenopsis orchids can be repotted anytime. Though it’s usually best to do when not in bloom.
Phalaenopsis orchids do very well as a houseplant and will grow and flower in a moderately bright windowsill. Each year, the houseplant grows one or two new leaves. In fall, when the growth phase is completed, a bloom spike emerges from the stem. Phalaenopsis orchids bloom in late winter through the spring. The ideal time to repot orchids is after the bloom period. Keep the soil of the Phalaenopsis moisty but avoid wet feet.
The Cymbidium Orchid is much more cold-tolerant than many other orchid species. When all other flowering houseplants are still dormant, the Cymbidium orchid steals the show. The flowers can last for three months. You can grow Cymbidium orchids outside during the spring, summer and fall and move them back inside as the first frost appears. You can easily divide Cymbidiums during repotting in the spring. Their natural bloom season is during winter, which makes a wonderful display indoors after Christmas season is over. Cymbidium orchids adore dappled sunlight. If your orchids are outdoors, make sure they’re not in direct sunlight, this can cause burning on the plant. A southeast- or east facing window is ideal.
Ever heard of the showy Odontoglossum orchid? This orchid species is originally from the Andes and other mountains regions. Their interesting shapes and beautiful colours make these orchids favourite to many growers. Odontoglossum orchids aren’t easy to grow. Read our tips carefully and fill your house with colour and beauty!
Temperature: Odontoglossum orchids prefer cooler conditions than other orchids. Keep the room temperature below 23 Celsius during the day and around 10-13 Celsius at night. If your room is warmer than 23 degrees, you have to water more to keep the ground humid.
Light: Odontoglossum orchids adore bright light, but don’t like direct sunlight. An east facing window or a shaded south-facing window is excellent.
Water: Odontoglossum orchids prefer light, frequent watering. This comes on usually two to three times a week. Water the orchids in the mornings, using room-temperature water. Let the potting mix almost completely dry between waterings and make sure to never let the plant have wet feet. Like any other houseplants, too much water can cause rot.
How do you make your orchids flower year after year? Follow the following steps to make your orchids bloom year-round. The first flush of flowers isn't the end of the story: given good conditions, a second flowering should follow hot on the heels of the first.
Water weekly, letting it drain completely and adding specialist orchid fertiliser, also available in our garden centre, once a fortnight.
Phalaenopsis reflower from nodes on the flowering stem, so once the first flowers fade cut back to the topmost node, and keep doing this until you reach the bottom node when you can remove it altogether. Cut out Cymbidium and Odontoglossum flower spikes completely as soon as the flower dies back to encourage more flower spikes.
Buy orchids at Rushfields
We have a wide range of beautiful orchids at our garden centre in Poynings, Sussex. All orchids have beautiful, long-lasting flowers in colours from white to butterscotch to magenta. Which orchid is your favourite? Do you need more information or do you have any questions? Our friendly staff is always willing to help you. Ask them anything! You find our contact information on the contact page. We look forward to welcoming you to our garden centre in Poynings, Sussex.
Please ask the staff in our Poynings, Sussex garden centre for more information about how to grow orchids and keep them at their best.