In natural or natural conditions, orchids are found that have pink, red, yellow, white, raspberry, speckled, and other colors. For many lovers of indoor plants who want to create a unique and colorful island of real tropical exoticism at home, an interesting activity was the cultivation of such an unusual representative of the flora as "Phalaenopsis", or red orchid.
Bright and unusually attractive color allows the plant to blend harmoniously with any design and subtly refresh it. This bright representative of the tropical flora has natural fragility and sophistication. Indoor flowers have sufficiently long and thin stem parts, and also have fleshy, dense leaves. The most interesting is the color of the leaves of this plant, which has a pale green hue. The inflorescence of red "Phalaenopsis" can have either one or several flowers. As a rule, the number of inflorescences varies depending on compliance with the rules of care, as well as the conditions of home maintenance.
Caring for a red orchid is quite simple. That "Phalaenopsis" is recommended for growing at home by beginners, as well as gardeners who do not have enough time to perform very complex plant care. Red staining of "Phalaenopsis" is not too common and is very appreciated by lovers of exotic flowering plants.
Features of caring for the red "Phalaenopsis" relate to watering. To irrigate indoor orchids, you can not use too cold, as well as insufficiently soft water. As a rule, experienced flower growers recommend using boiled water, but in the best case scenario - using rain water.
The main condition for irrigation is accuracy. In the process of irrigation, water should not get into the plant area, called the growth point. If the moisture accumulation at the growth point approaches a critical point, then the orchid may die as a result of decay. Therefore, pour water into the flower pot carefully, as thin as possible.
When growing flowers on special blocks or in decorative baskets, the red orchid should be immersed directly in the planting capacity in water, and after a few minutes, drain the excess water and dry the leaves a little.
Variety of red orchids
The main guarantee of growing a healthy and plentifully blooming red orchid of the Phalaenopsis species is represented by observing special microclimatic conditions, including proper lighting. Experts recommend the use of diffused, but quite bright light.
Avoid direct sunlight on the leaves, which can lead to burns, and with prolonged exposure to the sun and ultraviolet light, the plant can completely burn out.
Equally important for quality growth are also the temperature indicators in the room. The temperature parameters in the room where exotics are grown can vary from +17 ° C to +27 ° C in the daytime. Nighttime temperatures should not drop below +20 ° C. Such temperature fluctuations are very important, as they allow the plant to provide periodic and quite plentiful flowering.
Home plants from the orchid family love increased rates of humidity. Therefore, it is extremely important in hot and sunny weather to spray the leaves with tap water at room temperature using a spray gun. The main enemy of tropical guests are drafts. It is very important to provide a room for growing orchids with natural air circulation, but the flower should be protected from too strong or cold air currents.
Why do orchids turn red leaves
Quite often, amateur gardeners are interested in the question of why the leaves of a room orchid changed color or appearance and acquired a red tint.
If the leaves of the orchid turn red, and there are no visible reasons for such changes, then you should think about the genetic mutation of the acquired hybrid. However, most often this situation is understandable and has a completely understandable reason. Particular attention is required to change the color of the foliage when the plant is located on the windowsill of the southern windows.
If there is sufficient lighting, the foliage of the plant has a light green or slightly reddish tint. With insufficient lighting, it changes the color of the leaves, and they become dark with an emerald hue. Red leaves may indicate too high a light intensity or exposure to a significant amount of ultraviolet light.
Specialists and experienced florists do not recommend using the northern part of the house as a place to place a flower pot with an orchid. As a rule, flowers on the western windowsill feel cozy and comfortable.
You may also be interested in an article in which we talk about yellow orchids.
Tips & Tricks
The acquisition of a healthy plant species of red orchid requires compliance with some rules that allow you to get a strong and high-quality flowering tropical plant:
- you should not purchase a specimen with the presence of significant dark spots on the leaves or formed bulbs, which may indicate a bacterial infection;
- if defects in the form of diseased leaves are found, the acquisition of the plant should be abandoned;
- It is extremely important to determine the last bulb grown and compare its size with the previous ones: if the last bulb is noticeably behind in size, then the flower is degrading or sick.
Care for the Phalaenopsis orchid at home
In addition to the high degree of decorativeness of a red orchid from the Phalaenopsis species, such plants bring considerable benefits to human health. They have a significant impact on the emotional sphere, as well as the mood of residents in the room where they are grown. Red orchids, according to recent research, call for action and inspire. In addition, such a plant is perfect as a gift.