Orchids get a bad rap as fussy plants that are difficult to take care of. While this is sometimes true, there are many varieties that are reasonably hardy and even cold resistant. One good example is the calanthe orchid. Keep reading to learn more calanthe orchid info, such as calanthe orchid care and growing tips.
What are Calanthe Orchids?
Calanthe is a genus of orchids made up of only five species. Most of these species are hardy in USDA zone 7, but they may be able to survive the winter in zone 6b if they’re mulched well. This means that these orchids can actually be grown outdoors in the garden if your climate allows. Calanthe orchid plants can be divided into two main groups: evergreen and deciduous. Both types bloom for a long period throughout the summer, some even into autumn.
How to Grow a Calanthe Orchid
Calanthe orchid plants like well-draining, rich soil. A mix of grit, peat, rotting organic material, and soil is ideal for these plants, both in containers and in the ground. Place them in a spot with dappled shade and water moderately. You want soil that retains moisture slightly (the peat should do this), but you want your container to drain extremely well to prevent root rot. Calanthe orchid care is not too difficult. Plant your orchid in a pot that’s at least 1 foot (31 cm.) in diameter to encourage new growth. If your variety is deciduous, you can cut the faded leaves back in autumn. The plant will go into a dormant period during the winter-- if growing your calanthe orchid plants in a pot, you can overwinter them in a cool basement.
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The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.
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