They are space-saving, can be arranged creatively in the glass and ensure blooms in the house: small flowers are more in demand than ever. The mini orchid in the glass is particularly trendy. These are new varieties that reach a maximum height of 20 cm. For example, they can be planted in a terrarium with substrate. The small orchids get along well without soil, because they belong to the so-called epiphytes that can grow on branches of other plants. In the article, we will tell you how to arrange a mini orchid in the glass correctly and what you should consider when caring for it.
Mini orchid in a glass: plant and arrange
In the garden centers and flower shops you can find many different varieties of orchids in miniature. The most popular is called Office Orchids and is available in white, purple and pink / rose. But, as I said, there are many other breeds. In some cases, the mini orchids are given special growth inhibitors so that they do not grow taller than 20 cm. The growth inhibitor usually only works for up to a year. So you shouldn’t be surprised if the orchid grows a little higher afterwards.
Before repotting the orchid, put it in a warm and dark place overnight so that it can slowly get used to the new location. Only then can it be planted in the glass. There are a few things you should keep in mind. Inexperienced hobby gardeners should better plant the orchid in substrate. The substrate, which is made up of bark, guarantees that the water will drain quickly and that it will not rot. First, put a layer of pebbles on the bottom of the jar, then cover it with orchid soil. At the very top, a thin layer of moss comes up. Then make a hole in the middle of the moss layer. Take the mini orchid out of the transport container (usually a small plastic plant pot) and plant it in the hole. complete!
It is also important that the orchids are not poured, but taken out of the glass and immersed in a vessel with fresh tap water. After 10 minutes, take the plant out and place it on kitchen paper. Wait until the excess water has drained off and then put the mini orchid back in the glass. By the way, you don’t need to fog the mini orchid. Because in a glass without a drain, the humidity is usually very high. As for fertilizing, you can give the orchid special fertilizer for orchids about every three weeks during the flowering period. You should not fertilize the flower during the resting phase.
Orchid in a jar without soil
Orchids do not actually need soil and can do without a substrate without any problems. Therefore, you can completely do without the so-called orchid soil and instead use moss balls to give the plant more hold in the glass. In this case, too, proper care plays a crucial role. The roots can only tolerate moisture to a limited extent. So to prevent rot, let the orchid’s roots grow out of the jar.
Regardless of which variant you choose, so that your mini orchid thrives for a long time in the glass or in the terrarium, the location plays a decisive role. It should be very bright. However, the exotic flower does not tolerate direct sunlight. As far as humidity is concerned, values over 70% prove to be optimal. You can only achieve this level of humidity in the bathroom or kitchen. Since it gets very hot in the kitchen very quickly, the bathroom with windows offers the best conditions for orchids to grow quickly. Incidentally, rooms facing north or east are also well suited, as they are bright but not directly illuminated by sunlight.
Mini orchids under a glass hood
Although the mini orchids can thrive in the glass with proper care, they should not be placed under a glass hood. This is because the excess water can neither drain nor evaporate. The flower can tolerate high levels of moisture for a short time, but rot will develop over a longer period of time. So if you are expecting guests, for example, you can put the orchid under a glass dome for an hour and make a beautiful table decoration. But after that you should remove the glass hood again.
Mini orchid in a glass: Combined partner
The orchid is known as the queen among exotic plants. No wonder it has won the hearts of hobby gardeners around the world. And as a true queen, she is of course often staged as a soloist. It’s a shame, because orchids can be easily combined with other plants. The most popular combination partners include:
- Gesneria – The genus of Gesneria plants is very extensive and is divided into three groups: climbing plants, plants that grow upright, and ground cover. If you are looking for a combination partner for the mini orchid in the jar, then varieties such as the Sinningia or the Streptocarpus come into question. The two form very short shoots. Like orchids, they love sunlight, but cannot tolerate direct sunlight.
- Tilandsia: Nowadays there is a wide variety of tilandsia varieties. But they all have one thing in common: They are small, take up little space in the glass and, like orchids, can do without soil at all.