Orchids are such a favorite of mine. They are exotic and exquisitely beautiful and real show stoppers. But did you know that orchids are even more common than dandelions? Yes, that’s right! They are the most common flower on earth. So what I consider to be rare is really quite ordinary. But don’t tell that to our orchid friends. They play the ethereal part so well! For me, it just would not be winter without showy, snowy orchids in my home! Today I’m sharing how to decorate with and care for orchids. I hope you will grace your home with this uncommonly stunning, common plant!
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Orchids are splendid blooming plants to use in home decor and with just a little care they will reward you with long periods of blooms and glossy leaves! Orchids blooms can stay fresh from one week to a couple months. The type above, from the Phalaenopsis genus, have long blooming periods.
Buying a healthy plant is the best way to ensure your orchid will have a long and happy life in your home. First, inspect the roots. Look for roots that are white or green in color and are plump. Brown, mushy or dried out roots are a sign of an ill plant. Pass by a plant with poor roots!
Next look at the leaves. They should be plump and shiny and a bright green color. Yellow leaves or very dark green or black leaves are a sign of under or overwatering.
Choose an orchid bursting with blooms and a few buds. Make sure the stem or “spike” is strong enough to hold the weight of the beautiful flowers. If it is buckling, pass that orchid up too!
Give an orchid the sniff test. If it smells rotten then it is!
Orchids deserve to be put in a container worthy of their beauty! A silver champagne bucket, a whitewashed terracotta pot or an urn are lovely ways to display orchids. Pick a great container that works with your decor. I found this urn last year at HomeGoods and these orchids feel right at home in it!
Orchids go with almost any type of decor! They are a gracious organic note to any room!
I usually don’t take orchids out of the pots I buy them in because their roots are not usually pot bound enough to need repotting. If the orchid pot is in an outer pot… the outer pot gets thrown away. Make sure the pot an orchid comes in has lots of drainage.
It’s not a matter of planting an orchid, it’s more a matter placing the pot and all in the right container. The large urn on my dining room table has three pots of orchids in it. They fit almost perfectly in the top of the urn and rest together where the urn narrows.
To keep the bark soil from showing I covered the top of the pot with moss. It looks so pretty!
A Phalaenopsis orchid like mine should be watered every 7-12 days and should dry out between waterings. Try to avoid water on orchid leaves. Water the roots and bark. However, they love to be misted with water as they are natives of tropical areas.
Orchids loves bright indirect light and lots of it. My dining room faces south and will hopefully give optimal light to keep my orchid healthy and blooming.
Phalaenopsis should be fertilized with a good orchid fertilizer about once a month and twice a month when they are in bloom. You can find it HERE.
Eventually, the blooms will fade and drop off. When they do cut the old stem just below the last bloom but above the nearest node. It just might send out another shoot and bloom again.
To learn more about growing and care of beautiful orchids click HERE.
I hope you consider adding these beauties to your home!
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