Orchid, the sponge trick to make it bloom: you’ve never had it like that

To have an orchid in bloom like never before there is a sponge method known to few people. Here’s what it is.

Sponge orchids

In our homes there are many  plants  and  flowers  which, in addition to beautifying and decorating our homes, have a positive function on our body and our mood as well as on the environment. In fact, thanks to photosynthesis  , many of them tend to release carbon dioxide and absorb excess humidity in the rooms, thus preventing the formation of condensation and mold. In addition, the presence of  plants  and  flowers  in our homes and particularly on balconies helps insects during pollination, a very important operation for saving the planet.

Orchid – the sponge method

One of the most common plants in our homes is the  orchid  because of its resistance and its flowers with varied colors that are used for many events and ceremonies and because of the elegance of its flower.

Orchid - the sponge method

However, not everyone knows that to have a  vigorous flower  there is a method called the sponge method that only the most expert nurseries know and that we are going to show you step by step. Even a plant that  seems dead  can come back to life and regain strength with an incredible result: you start cleaning the plant that is about to die by removing all the dry or rotten parts. Then you have to remove it from the ground and free it of all the  bark  that is there and then with  sterilized scissors  remove all the other dry parts that cannot be removed by hand.

Orchid - the sponge method

Don’t worry about  removing parts  that you don’t know if they are rotten or not, it is always better to remove the damaged parts than to keep them so that the healthy part can reinvigorate itself after treatment. The  central part,  still viable, will appear with a small root and perfect leaves if they are not completely dry. It may happen that living parts are created where  fungi and bacteria can enter  and must be closed with cinnamon which heals and helps form new roots. You must  place the cinnamon  on the cut part and let it rest for 48 hours in a sterile and dry environment by placing the plant on a clean handkerchief on a serving plate.

What happens to the plant

After this time, cut the bottom of a  plastic bottle  , approximately 10 cm long, and pierce it on the bottom, creating  4 or 5 notches  that will allow the water to drain. Inside, prepare a bed for sowing. To do this you can use  moss  or  lichen  or, if we do not have these organic materials, insert a  sterilized sponge. Once you have it, wet it and insert it into the bottom of the cut bottle. After inserting the seedling, placing it, insert it into a  plastic bag  and close it, so that a real microclimate is formed that will tend to help the plant recover and revive. Place it in a place where it can receive plenty of light, being careful not to put it in  direct sunlight for about 50 days  . After these two months or so, we can see the results.

Orchid - the sponge method

The plant will become viable with hard, green, shiny leaves and there will be no  mold  and  bacteria  and the root system will be perfect and the remaining roots will have grown a few centimeters forming more. Next, place the bark  in a plastic pot with a hole in the bottom and being careful not to break the roots, insert the plant slowly, putting in more bark until the pot is full. Then wet everything with a spray bottle or sprayer, but being careful not to wet the  leaves, at least for the first few days. In this way, the plant should be treated like any other orchid. After another three months, the plant will grow both in terms of  leaves  and  roots  and will grow more and more, eventually producing  flowers  that will make everyone envious.