EASY AND BEAUTIFUL ORCHID ARRANGEMENT DIY
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!
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I grow an orchid garden, as they thrive in this tropical environment! When we buy one at the grocery store and it loses its flowers, we twist tie it outside to a shaded tree and it reblooms year after year! Might be possible for some of your readers living further south!
Your garden sounds beautiful, Janet!!! I’m going to try puting orchids outside in containers this summer.
Yvonne ,I have loved orchids ever since I found out how easy to care for they are and how long the blooms last. I have had some luck with getting them to rebloom but usually replenish my supply each year. As far as putting them outside for the summer I don’t reccomend it unless you live in a tropical zone.They attract insects and then when you bring them back in they come in with them and a summer hail storm will be disastrous as I found out in N.C.Enjoy them inside.
Thanks for the tips!! I absolutely love the framed prints behind your orchids…would you please share where they are from? Thank you!!
Lovely ! Such an easy and fresh statement with such class.
Please remind me where you got the amazing botanicals.
Happy New Year and thanks as always.
The botanical pictures came from a local shop. Sorry as of yet I have no source because they were custom framed.
I love your galvanized pot, where can I purchase one.
Hi Bernadette, it came from a local shop! Sorry I have no source.
An orchid was given to me as a housewarming gift and I had it for 8 years !It was in front of a window in my kitchen that got the afternoon sun.When I moved to my current house,I couldn’t find a spot it liked, so I lost it.I love orchids, they add so much beauty to a room.
Yvonne: Please tell me how you are decorating your mantel now that Christmas is over for you. It seems too early for Spring stuff.
Coming soon, Paula!
Or , if you are like me, you can add faux stems with blooms and continue to care for the green leaves.
I have 2 or 3 of these “mixed” orchids around my house. No one can tell the difference.
Yes! Janis, I’ve done this for years! But lately, I’m just not that vested in orchid leaves. I can very inexpensively just get another blooming plant!
Phaelanopsis are my favorites…since the day I got married, I have loved them. My bouquet was all white phaelanopsis, white roses and stephanotis with ivy. I have not had good luck with them in recent years, getting them to spike new bud arms again, so like you, i just go buy some new ones. I lack the patience to wait for them because it takes forever!! My latest obsession are over-summering, resting and forcing new blooms on three Amaryllis bulbs. It’s much more rewarding for sure? Enjoy your indoor gardening!