An orchid arrangement is one of the easiest ways to bring a bit of life and beauty to a room! Orchids 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. Let’s make a super easy and oh, so beautiful orchid arrangement!
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!
I think of orchids as l-o-n-g blooming cut flowers! They will bloom 4-6 weeks if you can find some with buds. Because they are so inexpensive I don’t usually try to baby them and coax new blooms. But if you are patient they can reward you with a new blooming season!
Let me show you my favorite way to create a winter orchid arrangement that will last until you are ready to get spring branches to force!
MATERIALS FOR AN ARRANGEMENT
Only a few things are needed to make a gorgeous orchid arrangement…
ASSEMBLING AN ORCHID ARRANGEMENT
FINDING THE RIGHT CONTAINER
Find a pretty container that will house your orchids. I think putting multiple orchids together makes a showy arrangement!
See more info below to help you choose the right container. A MUST READ!
ARRANGE ORCHIDS IN THE CONTAINER
I chose three lush blooming orchids to put in a galvanized container. Together the pot and the orchids create a high/low mix I love!
Arrange the orchids so the blooms face out for the maximum show of blooms! If the back of the orchid arrangement faces a wall then arrange the orchids so the blooms are forward facing.
If the arrangement can be viewed from all sides then face the blooms out so some blooms can be seen at every angle.
It’s important not to crush or crowd the orchids in the container. Arrange the orchid post so they are comfortable in the container!
When the orchid pots are arranged in the container liberally add moss to cover the surface of the container.
With just a little care your orchid arrangement will bloom a long time!
To keep this arrangement even longer, replace the orchids once the blooms are spent!
Now, here are a few things to know to keep them happy and healthy!
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLANT
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 up to a couple months. The type above, from the Phalaenopsis genus, have long blooming periods.
SIGNS OF A HEALTHY ORCHID
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!
THE RIGHT CONTAINER
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.
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 it gets thrown away. Make sure the pot an orchid comes in has lots of drainage holes.
WATERING AN ARRANGEMENT
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.
A quarter cup of water is all each orchid plant needs.
Here’s a tip I learned from a tag that came with my orchids… put 3 ice cubes at the base of the orchids once a week! Brilliant, right?
Orchids love humidity! So grouping them together raises the humidity among them. Just remember not to crowd them because they also like a little breathing room!
Orchids love bright indirect light and lots of it. Just not direct sunlight.
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.
WHEN BLOOMS DROP
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.
Or if you are like me, you can replace them with a fresh orchid!