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Flowering Cycle

The Bamboo Orchid is cultivated in the same way as it grows in nature for the best and strongest result. Alternating the right amount of light with a cooler environment in the nursery creates the most ideal conditions for growth and flowering. So you can enjoy weeks of a beautiful sea of flowers on your plants. In nature, the plant begins to flower in the spring. Towards the winter, the flowers fall of and the plant starts its journey towards the next flowering cycle.

Abundant flowering is not the only notable feature of the Bamboo Orchid. In Eastern culture, the plant is also considered to be good for your health, and is used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In TCM, which dates back more than 2000 years, dried, rolled-up parts of the plant are used to boost the immune system.

It’s believed that the plant parts have a positive effect on the digestion, so that you feel fitter. If you feel good, you are better able to deal with stress, which in turn helps to ward off ailments. According to this medicine, the orchid can help with stomach pains, joint pains and intolerance to gluten, it can lower the blood sugar and help with poor vision. The plant is even believed to inhibit tumours.

The orchid is also known as the ‘immortality herb’ because the sap from the plant, according to legend, has the power to raise people from the dead. At a cost of 0 for 500 grams, it is not a cheap ‘medicine’ which is why people prefer to harvest their own plant. As a result, many have risked their lives to pick the plant in hazardous spots.

Performancetips

To keep enjoying your Bamboo Orchid for a long time, taking proper care of it is a good start.

Tip 1
Sit your Bamboo Orchid in a well-lit spot in your home, avoiding direct sunlight. It is far too bright in spring and summer.
Tip 2
In common with other orchids, do not overwater the Bamboo Orchid, but do not allow the soil to dry out either. Water the plant every 5 days in the summer. Every 7 days is sufficient in the winter
Tip 3
Submerging your orchid is the best way to give it water. Submerge the plant and the pot in lukewarm water up to the edge of the pot for a minute or two. Leave it to drain thoroughly on the worktop or on a plate. Dispose of the surplus water on the plate.
Tip 4
For a healthy orchid in bloom, treat it to special orchid food once or twice a week; you can halve the amount in the winter months.
Tip 5
After flowering, the dead blossoms will fall off by themselves. Once it has completely finished flowering, move the Bamboo Orchid to a well-lit, cool spot. Water the plant occasionally so that the soil doesn’t dry out. After 8-12 months, the orchid may develop new shoots and flower again. To promote growth of the new shoots, cut the dead shoots back to around 10 cm.
Tip 6
The Bamboo Orchid likes to sit in a pot that is not too big; it needs repotting only after 2-3 years if the pot has really become too small. To repot, shake the soil from between the roots and place the plant in a new, larger pot with fresh orchid soil.

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