Orchid care: Houseplant expert warns against using orchid watering ‘myth’ – ‘shocks plant’

Orchids are beautiful plants that instantly brighten up a room, providing colour for several months throughout the year. But if you care for your orchid incorrectly, you could end up with an unhappy plant. CEO of independent houseplant site Friends or Friends, Silver Spence, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about some of the myths surrounding orchids.

Silver said you can use either tap water or filtered water for your orchids.

However, the expert warned that neither option is as “nutrient-rich” as what they are exposed to in the wild.

In their natural environment, orchids are battered by wind and rain which means they often have debris on them.

The orchid takes the nutrients from that debris through their roots.

Rotten roots won’t be able to absorb water or important nutrients that are key to their survival.

Their leaf growth will slow down and their leaves may turn yellow.

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