Updated at: 30-08-2022 - By: Sienna Lewis

Watering and Fertilizing Ground Orchids

Moderately moist soil with good drainage is ideal for ground orchids. As long as the soil is well-drained, healthy plants can thrive. Consider the importance of a well-draining soil in the success of cultivating ground orchids. You can still grow ground orchids in raised beds or containers if your soil is too water-retentive.

You must fertilize your blooming plants on a regular basis if you want them to produce a lot of blossoms. Ground orchids, on the other hand, do not require much fertilizer to blossom well. A fourth of the amount of fertilizer you would use for other flowers should be applied to ground orchids because the soil in your garden is nutrient-poor. At the beginning of each growing season, add more compost to the soil around your ground orchids in order to offer them with the organic matter they need for healthy growth without overfeeding them with fertilizer.

Ground Orchids as Container Plants

Container planting works well with ground orchids. The portability of containers makes it easy to bring plants indoors for the winter, even if you don’t live in the hardiness zone for this particular species. This also means that you will be able to manage the growing medium in a pot. Choose a nutrient-rich organic potting mix that has been supplemented with perlite or sand to ensure proper drainage.

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Because ground orchids have shallow roots, the width of a container is more a consideration than the depth. Choose a bowl-shaped planter that is broader than it is deep, such as one with a drainage hole. For future growth of ground orchids, which spread by rhizomes, this width will be sufficient (modified horizontal stems). A semi-shady spot out of the direct afternoon light is ideal, and the soil should be kept moist but not soggy.

Potential Problems of Ground Orchids

The breadth of a container is more important than the depth for ground orchids because their roots are so shallow. As an example, a bowl-shaped planter (with a drainage hole) that is broader than deep is one option. Ground orchids, which spread by creating rhizomes, will also be able to grow in this space (modified horizontal stems). Keep the soil moist and the container in a partially shaded place to avoid scorching in the afternoon sun.

It is possible to encounter slugs and snails from time to time. If your ground orchids are being overrun by slugs, you may want to invest in a commercial slug trap or create your own. Pour 1 cup of warm water and 3 tablespoons of yeast into a small container and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. In order to keep away helpful insects and bugs, bury the container around your ground orchids and leave 1 to 2 inches of the container aboveground.

Did you know orchids can be grown in the ground in our area?

Terrestrial genus, a.k.a. garden orchids

Approximately 40 species of orchids fall under the Spathoglottis genus, which is classified as terrestrial, meaning it arose on the ground rather than on tree branches in the air.

While they are native to the Pacific, Indonesia and northern Australia, these ground orchids have been transplanted into tropical gardens in Florida and Texas that fall in hardiness zones 9a or higher…

  • Do well in the garden and in containers.

Ground orchids thrive nicely in flower beds all year round in warm regions. When the weather becomes chilly, they can be cultivated in containers in other places.

Ground orchids, which bloom throughout the growing season, are beautiful as bedding plants, but they also make excellent container plants, especially when paired with other plants that require similar conditions.

  • Amendments to the soil

Orchids in the ground require a peat-based organic soil mix that drains well. However, they have a good deal of adaptability.

Orchid mixes combined with regular potting soil work well in containers. Peat can be added to the soil in the ground to form a soil mixture that drains efficiently in the event of heavy rains. It is preferable to maintain a steady moisture level for spathoglottis.

  • Watering with care

Avoid overwatering at all costs. Root rot can occur if the roots are always damp.

Watering more regularly during the growing season is necessary. Before watering again, let the planting mixture dry completely on the surface and on the top layer.

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Watering should be done at least twice a week, but more frequently if the weather is really hot.

  • Fertilizer

Because ground orchids are such heavy feeders, fertilizer should be applied on a regular basis. Slow-release nitrogen fertilizer is probably more reliable than constant liquid nitrogen fertilization for producing abundant blooms.

  • Temperatures, bugs, and light

While the Spathoglottis can grow in almost any light, the plant prefers some direct sunlight for optimum growth.

Overwatering or poor drainage can lead to root rot in plants. Most common pests are a concern for ground orchids, but no one pest seems to be a major issue. When the air does not circulate properly, be on the lookout for spider mites.

The ideal temperature range for Spathoglottis is 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. When the weather becomes colder, potted plants will need to be brought indoors or to a greenhouse. The roots of plants that are buried in the earth can be protected from freezing by a thick layer of mulch.

Temperatures below 40 degrees may cause plants to shed their leaves and go into hibernation. Spathoglottis plicata, however, has been blossoming in the Master Gardener Victoria Educational Gardens for several years now.

S. plicata

It is an evergreen, terrestrial orchid that can be found throughout the area.

  • Description

It grows in large clumps up to a height of 40 inches. Dozens of 2 inch-diameter purple flowers grow on hairy stems.

Its name, plicata, comes from the appearance of the leaves, which are folded or pleated. In tropical locations, flowers bloom all year round, while in areas with distinct seasons, the blooming period begins in early spring and lasts into the fall.

  • The conditions in which a plant is able to

In the same way as other ground orchids require well-drained, well-aerated soil with the pseudobulb above the ground level, S. plicata requires the same conditions.

There must be regular and frequent fertilization of this plant. As long as it’s well protected, it can live in temperate climes such as ours if it has access to warm, well-ventilated areas.

Light shade to full sun is ideal for growing purple ground orchids.

Morning sun with afternoon shade is preferred in our location because of the oppressive heat in the summer. Temperatures above 80 degrees are ideal for these organisms, but they can live if the ground doesn’t fall below 40 degrees for a long length of time.

It loses its leaves in the winter, but re-grows and blooms in the spring with early purple flowers.

  • Orchids require little maintenance, making them an excellent choice for beginners.

Because of their low maintenance requirements and accessibility to the orchid hobby, these ground orchids are an excellent choice for any tropical home garden.

If you’re looking for something unique, colorful, and interesting in your garden or even in pots on the patio, you should definitely cultivate S. plicata.

The Crossroads region does not have any retail outlets for ground orchids, however they can be purchased online from orchid vendors or even Amazon or eBay. My order has already been placed.

Yard Doc: Ground orchids brighten shady gardens, balconies, patios

We’re now in the midst of a scorching summer. Finding plants that thrive in shadow might be difficult, but it’s important to have some in your garden or landscape if you want to keep cool.

Choosing ground orchids for beds and containers is a good option for year-round color.

The Treasure Coast is home to a variety of orchids that grow on the ground. Today, we’ll take a look at the “Ground Orchid,” a plant commonly seen in nurseries and garden centers.

Scientists and horticulturists refer to ground orchids as Spathoglottis species; these orchids are native to Asia and the islands of the South Pacific.

These orchids are real. It has huge, crinkly leaves that can grow to be two feet long. Poison ivy is a type of orchid that produces pseudobulbs, which are swollen, bulb-like stems used to store water and nutrients. Large clumps are formed by the plants spreading along lateral stems, some of which are underground.

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Pseudobulbs produce beautiful flowers on long, loose spikes that develop from the base and linger for several months. Flower hues range from white to pink, yellow and purple depending on the species. One of the petals forms a rose to orange speckled lip, and the blooms contain three sepals (the part on the outside of the flower buds) and three petals.

In warm areas, flowers bloom year-round, while in colder regions, they bloom during the summer months. An orchid pod, the fruit contains many dust-like naked seeds as is usual for the orchid family.

For ground orchids, many experts recommend full sun, while partial to full shade works best in Central and South Florida. Select a location with well-draining soil and ample water to protect them from frost. Rain or irrigation water is fine for these orchids, but don’t let them get their feet wet. Orchids on the ground are extremely sensitive to salt.

Ground orchids are hardy and simple to grow. On patios, balconies, and around pools, plant this orchid in huge containers for stunning color. Both in mass and as individual specimens, they are stunning. Tightly space your plants at 2- to 3-foot intervals and thin them out as needed. Mulch extensively to prevent weeds and keep plants moist.

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Remove spent flower spikes to encourage future blooms, but make sure the long-lasting spike has done blooming before removing it. More blooms per spike will be produced by mature plants. Clustering and division are the most common means of propagating this orchid.

In general, ground orchids are free of pests and illnesses. Root rot can occur in areas that are very damp, which causes the leaves to turn yellow or bleach in hot, sunny weather.

As a landscape and horticultural, Carol Cloud Bailey is an expert in her field. Visit yard-doc.com or email [email protected] with any queries you may have.