With more than 35,000 species, orchids are as diverse as they are beautiful. New, fuss-free varieties feature exotic blossoms with intense color combinations and patterns.
Bring floral hues to your home with floral theme paint colors drawn from natural orchid shades.
Tiny orchid blossoms add a vibrant touch of color to place settings.
A group of five or six orchids makes a stunning arrangement. Set pots in a tray or saucer filled with pebbles and water to create a mini tropical environment. Support fragile stems with a bamboo stick and clip.
Growing and Caring for Orchids
Most orchids bloom once or twice a year, but their dazzling flowers last for several months. Follow these tips to help keep your orchids in good health:
- Water when the bark surrounding the orchid becomes dry. To prevent rot, water in the morning so the leaves are dry before night. Water thoroughly, but not too frequently. Most orchid casualties are caused by overwatering.
- Place plants in a spot with indirect sunlight and air movement. Air circulation keeps the temperature uniform and helps prevent disease.
- Fertilize orchids on a regular schedule. Most orchids prefer twice-a-month feedings.
- Repot orchids when the bark breaks down and becomes hard and compact.