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Also known as : Queen of the orchids
The giant orchid (Grammatophyllum speciosum) grows in the treetops as an air plant (epiphyte) and can have a massive growth span. It was once on the brink of extinction, but great efforts were made to reestablish the species. It is now considered the largest single orchid species in the world. There is one specimen that is thriving in Singapore which was planted in 1861!
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Overwatered Giant orchid
Symptoms of overwatering include limp and wrinkled leaves, yellowing or decay, and general failure to thrive. When Giant orchid owners see their plant’s leaves looking limp and shriveled, they can sometimes assume that is a sign that it isn’t getting enough water so they keep adding more. This just compounds the problem, so it’s important to look beyond the leaves to identify what’s happening with the roots. Healthy Giant orchid roots are silvery green, green, or white and feel firm to the touch. When Giant orchid has been overwatered, the roots will look mushy, limp, and brown or black in color.
Rescue an overwatered Giant orchid by cutting off any rotted roots with a sterile knife or garden shears and repotting them into a new growing medium. It is always better to avoid overwatering because it is possible you won’t be able to save your plant if root rot sets in, so be conservative with water to avoid this issue.
Underwatered Giant orchid
Unfortunately, the initial symptoms of underwatering and overwatering are almost identical in Giant orchid. Check the growing medium with your finger or a moisture meter to get a sense of how much water is being retained. You may need to increase the frequency of watering to get back on track with watering.
Once again, the best way to understand the situation is to take a look at the roots. Underwatered roots look crisp, brown, and brittle. Healthy roots are pliable and green, so the difference should be obvious. Luckily it’s easy to revive a thirsty Giant orchid, as long as the plant still has some healthy roots left.
Trim off any dried up or dead root pieces, as they won’t be able to come back to life. Then repot the plant and water thoroughly. Within a week or two, shriveled and limp leaves should start to firm up and look healthy. If the leaves are too damaged to be revived once you water them thoroughly, they can be removed to make room for new growth.
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How often should I water my Giant orchid?
Regardless of which type of medium you use, your Giant orchid should be watered when the mix is mostly but not completely dry. This can vary depending on the environmental conditions, but generally it will be about once or twice a week in summer and as infrequently as once every 2 weeks in winter.
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How to water Giant orchid?
Giant orchid is a epithet plant, which means that they do not grow in soil as most plants do. In order to grow a happy and healthy Giant orchid, you’ll need to choose your growing medium carefully.
Regardless of what your Giant orchid grows in, the container needs to have plenty of drainage holes. Giant orchid pots are specifically designed to hold a chunky potting mix with lots of ventilation compared to other plant pots. They also tend to be tall and narrow, allowing air to circulate around the center of the roots, not just the edges.
One popular potting medium for Giant orchid and other Giant orchid is bark. It is generally sourced from fir trees and drains very well. Since Giant orchid grows on bark in the wild, it makes sense that they would do well with a similar substrate when grown indoors. The disadvantage of using bark is that the plant needs watering more often since bark dries out quickly.
The other common planting medium for orchids in sphagnum moss. Most commercially grown Giant orchid specimens will be sold in moss, because it is lightweight, cheap, and it allows nurseries to water less often. Unfortunately, sphagnum moss is not very forgiving for those who aren't experts in orchids. Because it is extremely absorbent, moss runs the risk of holding too much water next to the roots, resulting in root rot.
If your Giant orchid is planted in sphagnum and you plan to keep it that way, be very judicious in your watering. Less is more when it comes to watering in general, and it is quite difficult to reverse root rot once it has set in.
Watering your Giant orchid from below is recommended, as this allows you to avoid splashing water on the leaves, stem, and flowers. To water from below, set the pot into a container of water and allow the roots to soak up moisture for 10-15 minutes. Normally, you can stop this process when the surface of sphagnum is wet. Drain thoroughly before returning your Giant orchid to its normal location, as these plants hate to sit in water.
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Spring, Fall, Winter
Plant Height
3 m
Spread
3.5 m
Flower Size
8 cm to 10 cm
Flower Color
Yellow
Red
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The giant orchid thrives in abundant solar exposure and can also tolerate less intense levels. Originating in areas with ample sun, this contributes to its vigorous growth, while extremes can lead to harms such as withering or scorching. Its light preference remains constant across all growth stages.
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Giant orchid thrives in a native environment where the temperature ranges between 68-95 °F (20-35 ℃). To simulate these conditions, the surrounding temperature should be adjusted accordingly in different seasons.
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For giant orchid's healthy growth, transplant between early spring (S1) to early autumn (S3), an ideal period due to fairly moderate weather conditions. The relocation spot must have ample light and great air circulation. It’s key to acclimate it slowly to its new environment to minimize shock.
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The giant orchid is an intriguing addition to any Southwest-facing space. It symbolizes strength and influence, aligning harmoniously with the Earth element dominant in this direction. Yet, this plant's might should be managed appropriately to foster prosperity and avoid dominant energies. Consider its place carefully in your Feng Shui application, as interpretations and effects can vary.
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The giant orchid thrives in abundant solar exposure and can also tolerate less intense levels. Originating in areas with ample sun, this contributes to its vigorous growth, while extremes can lead to harms such as withering or scorching. Its light preference remains constant across all growth stages.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Insufficient light
Giant orchid thrives in full sunlight but is sensitive to cold, often necessitating indoor cultivation during winter. This increases the likelihood of insufficient lighting, leading to symptoms of light deficiency.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your Giant orchid may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Giant orchid enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To ensure optimal growth, gradually move plants to a sunnier location each week, until they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Use a south-facing window and keep curtains open during the day for maximum sunlight exposure and nutrient accumulation.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Excessive light
Giant orchid thrives in full sun exposure but is more prone to sunburn during summer. When placed outdoors in high-temperature environments, they may suffer from sunburn due to their limited tolerance to intense sunlight.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Just like people, each plant has its own preferences. Learn about your plants' temperature needs and create a comforting environment for them to flourish. As you care for your plants, your bond with them will deepen. Trust your intuition as you learn about their temperature needs, celebrating the journey you share. Lovingly monitor the temperature around your plants and adjust their environment as needed. A thermometer can be your ally in this heartfelt endeavor. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you explore your plants' temperature needs. Cherish your successes, learn from challenges, and nurture your garden with love, creating a haven that reflects the warmth of your care.
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Giant orchid thrives in a native environment where the temperature ranges between 68-95 °F (20-35 ℃). To simulate these conditions, the surrounding temperature should be adjusted accordingly in different seasons.
Regional wintering strategies
Giant orchid is a tropical plant, so during the winter, if the minimum temperature drops below {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}, it is recommended to bring Giant orchid indoors for cultivation. Maintaining indoor temperatures above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min} is highly beneficial. Choose a location near a south-facing window to ensure ample sunlight. Additionally, regularly mist the plant or use a humidifier to maintain humidity levels. For orchids that need to overwinter outdoors, it is essential to ensure they are in a sheltered position that receives sunlight. During colder temperatures, you can set up a temporary greenhouse or use materials such as plastic film or fabric to wrap the plants.
Important Symptoms
Low Temperature
Giant orchid thrives in warm environments and is not tolerant of low temperatures. It grows best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, the leaves will exhibit extensive water-soaked necrosis, wilting, and drooping.
Solutions
Trim off the frostbitten areas. Immediately bring indoors to a warm environment for protection against the cold. Choose a location near a south-facing window to place the plant, ensuring ample sunlight. Additionally, avoid placing the plant near heaters or air conditioning vents to prevent excessive dryness in the air.
High Temperature
During summer, Giant orchid should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the plant's growth will cease, and its leaves will gradually wilt. It becomes more susceptible to root rot and can be easily sunburned when exposed to direct sunlight.
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Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep both the plant and the environment moist.
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How to Successfully Transplant Giant Orchid?
For giant orchid's healthy growth, transplant between early spring (S1) to early autumn (S3), an ideal period due to fairly moderate weather conditions. The relocation spot must have ample light and great air circulation. It’s key to acclimate it slowly to its new environment to minimize shock.
What Preparations are Needed Before Transplanting Giant Orchid?
What is the Ideal Time for Transplanting Giant Orchid?
The ideal period for rehoming giant orchid is during early Spring or late Fall. This time is perfect due to the temperate weather conditions, which allows giant orchid to establish its roots well. By transplanting during this time, it ensures giant orchid plenty of time to grow and flourish before the extreme seasons of summer or winter arrive. Transplanting at this time also maximizes growth potential and is crucial for the plant's long-term health. This friendly advice is sure to set giant orchid up for a lifetime of hardy growth!
How Much Space Should You Leave Between Giant Orchid Plants?
When you're transplanting giant orchid, remember to set each plant at least 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) apart. This will provide ample room for growth and avoid overcrowding, which can hinder a plant's health.
What is the Best Soil Mix for Giant Orchid Transplanting?
For giant orchid, use a well-draining potting mix, like a mix of bark, perlite, and peat moss. Before you transplant, add a base fertilizer to assist with initial nutrient requirements. Your local garden center can assist with the best brands for orchids.
Where Should You Relocate Your Giant Orchid?
Your giant orchid loves light and warmth but prefers indirect sunlight. Consider a location where it gets filtered sunlight throughout the day rather than direct, scorching sun. East or west-facing areas are typically suitable for orchids.
What Equipments Should You Prepare Before Transplantation Giant Orchid?
Gardening Gloves
To safeguard your hands from scratches, dirt, and irritants.
Shovel or Spade
For digging holes in the ground and removing the plant from its original location.
Trowel
Useful for digging smaller holes and removing small plants.
Pruning Shears
To trim any damaged roots or foliage before transplanting.
Bucket or Wheelbarrow
This will help in carrying the giant orchid from its original location to its new spot.
Watering Can
To water your plant before and after the transplant.
Mulch
This can help retain moisture in the soil after transplantation.
Stake and Soft String
If your giant orchid is already quite tall, you may need these to help it stay upright after transplanting.
How Do You Remove Giant Orchid from the Soil?
From Ground: Water your giant orchid a day before transplanting to make the soil easier to work with. Dig a wide trench around the plant using a shovel or spade, making sure not to damage the roots. Carefully lift the root ball with the shovel.
From Pot: If your giant orchid is in a pot, water it thoroughly a day before transplanting. Gently tip the pot on its side and carefully slide the plant out. It should come out easily if it's well watered. If not, run a trowel around the edge of the pot to loosen it.
From Seedling Tray: In case of seedlings, water them well. Using a trowel or your gloved hand, carefully scoop out the seedling along with its roots and a small amount of surrounding soil. Always hold the seedling by its leaves and never by its stem or roots.
Step-by-Step Guide for Transplanting Giant Orchid
Step1 Plant Removal
Carefully remove your giant orchid from its original location as described above. Make sure that you retain most of its roots and attached soil.
Step2 Preparing New Location
Dig a hole in the new location that is twice the width and depth of the root ball. Mix some compost into the removed soil if necessary.
Step3 Transplanting
Gently place the giant orchid in the hole, ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil. Backfill the hole with soil, firming it gently around the base of the plant.
Step4 Staking (if necessary)
If your giant orchid is tall, insert a stake next to it and tie with a soft string to provide support.
Step5 Watering and Mulching
Water the plant well and then add mulch around the base to help the soil retain moisture.
How Do You Care For Giant Orchid After Transplanting?
Watering
Maintain consistently moist soil for the first few weeks to help your giant orchid establish in its new place. Cut back on water as the plant starts to show new growth.
Pruning
Trim any dead or dying leaves that appear after transplanting, this will help the plant to focus its energy on new growth.
Monitoring
Keep an eye on your giant orchid for any signs of stress, such as wilting, yellowing, or drop of leaves, and call a local nursery or extension service if you need advice on address such issues.
Troubleshooting Common Issues with Giant Orchid Transplantation.
When is the best time of year to transplant giant orchid?
The ideal timing for transplanting giant orchid is during seasons S1-S3, which grants the plant ample time to establish before harsh weather conditions.
What spacing should I maintain while transplanting giant orchid?
Giant orchid needs sufficient space to grow. Maintain a distance of approximately 1-2 feet (30.5-61 cm) between each plant while transplanting.
How should I prepare the pot before transplanting giant orchid?
Make sure the pot has adequate drainage holes to avoid water-logging. Add a layer of coarse grit at the pot bottom, then fill with well-drained compost.
What size pot is ideal for transplanting giant orchid?
Giant orchid grows large, so you'll need a sturdy pot 12-16 inches (30-40 cm) in diameter. This space is ideal for the root system to spread out.
Could the giant orchid wilt after I transplant it?
Yes, giant orchid may initially struggle post-transplant. This should bounce back within some weeks. If not, check water, light, and soil conditions and adjust accordingly.
How deep should I plant giant orchid when transplanting?
Plant giant orchid so that the top of the rootball is level with the soil surface. It helps roots settle easier, preventing the plant from sinking or rising.
Is any special post-care required after transplanting giant orchid?
Giant orchid loves bright, indirect light and high humidity. Keep soil moist but not waterlogged. Some leaf drop post-transplant is normal, don’t panic if this happens.
What should I do if the leaves of my transplanted giant orchid turn yellow?
Yellow leaves could indicate overwatering or insufficient light. Adjust watering schedules, increase light levels slightly, and if possible, improve air circulation around giant orchid.
How do I avoid root damage while transplanting giant orchid?
Avoid forcing giant orchid out of the old pot. Try to loosen the roots gently for minimal damage. If roots are entangled, it’s ok to cut a few to free them.
Can I use standard garden soil for transplanting giant orchid?
Giant orchid prefers well-drained, rich in humus soil. Standard garden soil might not drain adequately. You could improve it by adding compost, grit, or perlite for better results.
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