How to grow and care for Poor Man’s Orchid Plants



The poor man’s orchid plant is also known as Schizanthus pinnatus, this colorful cool-weather flower grows blooms that really look amazing like that of the orchid plant. The Orchids plant has gotten a reputation for being picky flowers to grow successfully. Actually this reputation scares off a lot of novice gardeners. As a gardener if you really love the look of orchid’s plant but don’t want to worry about fussy plants, then poor man’s orchid plants may just be the ideal solution to your gardening dilemma. On this article you are going to learn how to grow poor man’s orchids plant outdoors as well as inside as a potted plant.


How to grow Poor Man’s Orchid Plants
When growing poor man’s orchid plants, the biggest conditions you really need to provide is an early start and mostly cool weather. The poor man’s orchid plants will stop producing once the heat of summer arrives, so just start it indoors about 3 months before your last frost date in the spring. You can sprinkle the seeds on top of a pot of finely sifted compost, and then cover them with a sprinkling of the same compost. Also Mist the soil with a fine spray, and then cover the pot with a piece of plexiglass, glass or plastic. Make sure you place the pot in a complete dark place until the seeds sprout.  


How to care for Poor Man’s Orchid Plants
Poor man’s orchid plants care mostly consists of keeping away unpleasant environmental factors and letting the plants grow. Once the seedlings have reached three inches tall, you can pinch the ends of the stems in other to encourage them to branch out and grow bushy. Make sure you plant the seedlings in a rich, well-drained soil where they will really get morning sun and afternoon shade. Schizanthus is a relatively rapid grower, and it will not take long to reach its full height of 18 inches, branching out into a fluffy bush. However poor man’s orchids plants do well in shaded beds, they also thrive in planters, hanging pots and indoor windows. Make sure you place them where they will receive cool breezes and morning sun, and then move the pots to a shaded spot in the afternoon. Make sure you wait until the soil is almost dry before watering them each time because the roots are subject to rot if they stay too moist.  


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