Unlock the full potential of your orchid’s bloom with a technique known to only a select few – the sponge method. 

Sponge orchids

In our living spaces, the presence of various plants and flowers not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also contributes positively to our well-being, mood, and the environment.

These green companions engage in photosynthesis, releasing carbon dioxide and absorbing excess humidity, preventing condensation and mold formation. Moreover, having plants on balconies aids in pollination, a crucial process for the planet’s well-being.

Orchid: the sponge method

The orchid, renowned for its resilience and elegant, multicolored flowers used in various events, can be coaxed into a vigorous bloom using the sponge method. Even seemingly lifeless plants can be revitalized with this technique. Start by meticulously cleaning the plant, eliminating dry or decayed parts.

Orchid: the sponge method

Next, uproot the orchid, removing the bark and employing sterilized scissors to excise any remaining dry sections. Fear not to trim uncertain areas; it’s better to eliminate damaged parts, allowing the healthy portions to rejuvenate during treatment.

The surviving core, exhibiting small roots and intact leaves, may develop vulnerable areas susceptible to fungi and bacteria. Seal these potential entry points with cinnamon, which not only heals but also facilitates the formation of new roots.

Orchid: the sponge method

Apply cinnamon to the cuts, allowing the orchid to rest in a sterile, dry environment for 48 hours on a clean surface. After this period, craft a miniature greenhouse by cutting the bottom off a plastic bottle, creating drainage cuts, and preparing a bed for the seedling with moss, lichen, or a sterilized sponge.

Wet the chosen material, insert it into the bottle, place the orchid inside, and seal it in a plastic bag. This creates a microclimate promoting the plant’s rejuvenation. Position the setup in a well-lit area, avoiding direct sunlight for approximately 50 days.

Witness the transformation as the orchid develops robust, glossy leaves, free from mold and bacteria, with a perfect root system. After this rejuvenation period, transfer the plant to a plastic pot with bottom holes, adding bark gradually without damaging the roots.

Orchid: the sponge method

Use a vaporizer or spray bottle to moisten the substrate, taking care not to wet the leaves initially. Treat the revitalized orchid like any other, and within three months, observe growth in both leaves and roots, culminating in envy-inducing blossoms.

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