Orchids grow in bark or moss and don't require potting soil. In fact, they will become water logged and die in houseplant potting soil. Orchids were developed in warm, moist, tropical climates. Recreate that environment in your home for orchids, which prefer indirect light rather than bright sunlight. Water by plunging the orchid and its pot in room temperature water for 20 minutes.
Line the wooden basket with coconut fiber.
Place the orchid in its pot in the basket. The pot will most likely be much smaller than the basket since orchids prefer to be pot bound. Fill the excess space with glass marbles to hold the pot in place or use bark if the marbles make the basket too heavy.
Place spaghnum moss over the top of the orchid pot and around it.
Attach a wire to each corner of the basket. Twist tightly with the pliers to secure. Bring all four wires up to meet over the center of the basket. Cut them off at the same length.
Twist the last 6 inches of the four wires together. Make a loop that is 2 inches wide. Twist the wires around the loop to fasten it securely.
Secure a hook where you want the orchid to hang. Find a wooden stud. In most buildings the studs are every 18 inches. Start at the corner and move out 18 inches until you are happy with the location. Start the hole for the hook by tapping in a nail into the wall and stud. Insert the pointed end of the hook into the hole, twisting and pushing clockwise until the hook is completely embedded in the wood.
Place an S hook in the hanging hook. Slip the wire loop of the orchid basket in the other end of the S hook.
Remove enough coconut fiber from the center of the fiber planter. These planters are made primarily for orchids and air plants, Bromeliad titllandsia.
Take the orchid out of its plastic pot, keeping the roots and bark as undisturbed as possible. Replant in the hole you've made in the coconut fiber. Center the plant. Close the opening with safety pins or sew it shut with needle and thread so the orchid doesn't fall out of the hole.
Hang from a securely fastened hook or, if you have a sturdy houseplant like a ficus tree, hang the orchid planter from the tree. Another option is to nestle the planter in the tree branches.
Things You Will Need
- Square wooden basket
- Coconut fiber
- Glass marbles
- Sphagnum moss
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- S hook
- Float the planter by using fishing line rather than wire.
- Orchids look best when you are looking down at them rather than up, so don't hang them too high.