How to propagate an orchid quickly and easily at home? Simply with a banana peel. Here is the procedure to follow.

Orchids and bananas

Aesthetically very beautiful, elegant and sophisticated, orchids are probably the most sophisticated houseplants. Although they are minimalist plants, their flowers are capable of truly coloring and beautifying any environment. Their care requires a little attention but is not particularly difficult. Indeed, it is possible to propagate this idea at home in a few simple steps and with a few natural ingredients. Let’s see how to do it.

How to propagate an orchid at home

Propagating an orchid indoors might seem like a difficult task. In reality all you will need is the branch of a faded orchid which may appear almost dead, a small banana, some ground cinnamon, a clove of garlic, some moss, a candle, a plastic bottle and some water . The process is simple and only requires a little time and patience for the orchid to take root.

Propagating an orchid

First you need to identify the branch to be cut. The best thing is to choose a sprig without flowers or buds . Cut it from the rest of the plant and cut the ends again until you can see the bright green inside. Our new orchid plant will start from this sprig. At this point it is necessary to peel a clove of garlic and use it to insert the ends of the sprig inside. You will have to use the garlic clove to massage the two green sides of the branch well. This will help prevent the formation of mold or fungi and prevent the branch from rotting.

Now take a candle and light it. When the wax starts to flow, use it to seal the ends of the branch . It may seem like a practice that prevents the plant from breathing or sprouting, but in reality this technique will help prevent our branch from losing water. Now that you have prepared the branch for propagation, all that remains is to move on to the procedure.

The propagation process

Take your small banana, peel it, and put both the fruit and the peels in a blender. Then add a liter of water and blend everything well . When you have obtained a liquid mixture, equip yourself with a strainer and filter the substance obtained into a jar .

Banana for propagating orchids

This liquid will act as an activator for the twig, which will be completely immersed for at least 20 minutes in a hermetically sealed container. In the meantime, pour a teaspoon of cinnamon and a liter of boiling water into another container . Mix this mixture well and let it cool.

Once you have reached room temperature, proceed in this case too by filtering everything well . The mix of water and cinnamon will serve as a disinfectant for the moss in which we will place our future orchid. Then immerse the moss in the mix and leave it to soak for 20 minutes . Once the time has passed, squeeze it well and let it dry on a paper towel.

Now all you have to do is create your miniature greenhouse where you can place the orchid sprig . Take a large water bottle and cut it a third from the base, leaving one part together so that it can be opened and closed.

Bottle for mini greenhouse

Place some pebbles at the bottom of the bottle which will serve as drains to prevent the water from stagnating.  Then add the moss on top and place the orchid sprig horizontally on top, wetting it with the same water in which it was immersed.

Spray completely with a little water and close the bottle to maintain humidity. Continue nebulizing regularly and after a couple of weeks you will already be able to see the first shoots . The advice is to continue to keep the sprig in the DIY greenhouse for at least a couple of months , after which you will have a plant with roots ready to be buried in the Bark.