Plant garden orchids - you must pay attention!

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Orchids know most only as indoor plants. But there are also orchids that thrive in the garden. But only if you plant and care for them properly.

The most popular garden orchid is the lady's slipper

Once the orchids were considered uncultivable and were therefore very expensive. At the present time, however, it looks very different. Since everyone can get the beautiful plants in the garden and enjoy the sight of these graceful plants. Because there are now garden orchids, which flourish magnificently even in our latitudes. Most well-known are the Frauenschuh and the Knabenkraut. The flowers of these two orchid species are filigree and a real eye-catcher in the garden. But only if you give them the right care and plant them in the right place.

When do garden orchids bloom?

The plant sprouts in spring and then forms its flowers. New roots, on the other hand, are produced after blooming. Healthy plants carry a rich flowering, which always amazes every garden lover. The flower is particularly beautiful when you put dead bark around the garden orchids. That makes for a nice ambience.

So plant garden orchids properly


As a location, you should not choose the sun-intensive south side, but rather the shadow side of your garden. The garden orchid likes it rather shady and cool. The north side of your house is therefore the ideal location.


The soil should also not be traversed by roots of trees or shrubs. In addition, it must not be too wet, because waterlogging harms the roots. With expanded clay or pumice, you can make the soil more balanced in terms of moisture.


Raise a hole about 20 centimeters deep and fill it up to half with expanded clay or pumice. Then put the garden orchid in the hole and fill everything with soil. Then pour lightly.

How to properly cultivate garden orchids


Orchids are not very demanding in the wild. You need e.g. not even many nutrients. Accordingly, you must not fertilize too much. Because then it can even happen that the roots die off. It is best to provide garden orchids with orchid fertilizer only every four weeks during the growth phase. In other words: you see that the garden orchids get new shoots or leaves, then you can start fertilizing. You should stop when the orchids are blooming.

To water:

If you have planted the garden orchids in the spring, then you must water them very well in the first year. From the second year you can then water the orchids together with the other garden plants. This is especially important in case of prolonged drought. The soil must never dry out. But it must also be no waterlogging.


Garden orchids of the genus lady's slipper and orchid are winter hardy down to -20 degrees Celsius. They retire in the autumn for hibernation back into the ground. You only have to cut back the plants when they have turned brown. After that it can not hurt to put a layer of leaves or a breathable fleece over the plant.

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