The roots of the orchid attach themselves to the tree – it is then permanently fed in this perfect way!
what to do when there is no bloom
When the bloom is gone, I trim off the stem and then march out to my yard to find the perfect “V” in one of my trees; a spot where the single trunk splits off into two trunks, or a single branch splits into two sturdy branches. The huge jacaranda in our backyard was my most current final resting place for a simply gorgeous white orchid that I had received as a gift. I placed the entire plant, minus the plastic container, into a small square of burlap, gently tying it with some string. Then, I used a bit more string to secure it to the “V” in the tree. Within a relatively short period of time, the roots of the orchid attached themselves to the tree and is then permanently fed in this perfect way! I never have to feed it or water it again. Nature does everything for me.
Then, six months to a year later, voila…a beautiful repeat performance of the blooms! It truly is a sight for sore eyes, and a reason to celebrate new life!
So, the next time you think about pitching out that orchid with no bloom left, reconsider and find a nook in a tree, or even a puka in a wall, and let your orchid do double duty!
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