Encouraging robust root and leaf growth in orchids can be achieved effortlessly by placing orchid leaves in water. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how it works.

Orchid leaves

Orchids are renowned for their beauty and delicacy but can be challenging to cultivate, especially when it comes to fostering new roots and leaves. A technique that proves beneficial in this process involves placing orchid leaves in a glass of water, promoting the growth of strong, new roots and leaves.

Preparing Orchid Leaves for Water Immersion:

  1. Begin by clearing the soil and removing damaged roots from the orchid leaves.
  2. Disinfect the leaves to prevent diseases by using a water solution with crushed garlic, applied to the leaves with a cotton pad.
  3. After disinfection, immerse the plant’s roots in a glass of water containing the previously prepared garlic solution for 30 minutes.
  4. Dry the plant and position it upside down in a plastic glass, ensuring there are holes in the upper part of the glass for ventilation.
  5. Add tap water to the glass, enough to cover the initial part of the leaves without filling it completely.
  6. Seal the glass with another and leave the plant in this state for 45 days.
Orchid leaves

Results after 45 Days:

During this period, the plant’s roots will become robust. To maintain their health, spray tap water on the roots every three days. After an additional 75 days, the roots will have grown healthy and strong, indicating it’s time to transplant the orchid into a new pot with pine bark as a base. Before transplanting, water the plant and soak it in the remaining garlic water for 30 minutes.

Orchid leaves

Why the Method Works:

  1. Soaking the leaves in water stimulates root growth.
  2. Garlic acts as a natural disinfectant, preventing diseases that may affect roots and leaves.
  3. The glass with holes allows the plant to breathe and retain necessary humidity for growth.
  4. Immersing orchid leaves in water helps develop healthy, strong roots, crucial for nutrient absorption.
  5. This method is especially beneficial for plants with root damage or those growing in unsuitable soil, promoting regeneration and healthier development.
  6. The garlic-water solution used before soaking prevents fungal and bacterial infections.
  7. Periodically misting the roots helps maintain a humid environment, mimicking the orchid’s natural tropical habitat.
  8. Transplanting into a new pot with pine bark promotes water drainage and air circulation around the roots, contributing to the plant’s overall health.