Orchid flowers have a reputation for their elegant, multi-hued beauty and their particular set of environmental growing needs. From the controversial “one ice cube or two” approach to watering to recommendations for creating a spa-like humid ambience, bringing an orchid home with you might seem like a commitment. However, as everyone from novices to orchid collectors will enjoy the flowers already in bloom or ring in the arrival of that first new blossom, the honor of hosting and cultivating your own orchid flowers is both an empowering and celebratory opportunity.
Like any new addition to the family (plant or otherwise), the first experience with orchid flowers may take a little time in the relationship-building process. It may not like that first north-facing window spot that you try out, because it is too dark, or its relocation to a southern spot may result in some yellowing leaves because it’s too close to the sun. Thinking about organizing your orchid’s needs is like a green thumb version of your daily Wordle: slowly but surely, you’ll figure out which placement and which selections work best for your particular type of orchid and then your streak of enjoying its presence and glory will be continuous.
Caring for Orchid Flowers
By honoring your orchid flowers, they will honor you with artful decor, a potentially light and fresh scent, and thriving blooms for many days, months, or even years ahead. As you plan to bring your new plant baby home, you might take the following considerations into account.
Let’s start with perhaps the most obvious plant care need – watering. Like many other plants, orchids can be sensitive to over and under watering. Most growers agree that orchids should be watered once a week to once every two weeks; however, environmental factors like seasonal shifts or internal humidity can impact this schedule. So, you might try minding your watering needs with a daily soil pat; think of this moment as your very gentle hello and high five to your new orchid friend. When it seems on the edge of being too dry, it’s time for water.
Both our homes and our yards have different light availability. Just as you’d plan for the placement of a favorite photo or art piece to avoid its being faded by the sun or where to plant spinach to keep it in a cooler location so too should you try out various locations for your orchid. Remember: you want to think about sun availability as well as proximity to the sun in your planning. Consistent but indirect sun can help with both light and temperature needs of the plant.
- Location, pruning, and other continued growth needs
After establishing the foundational needs for plant growth with light and water, you’ll also want to consider other environmental factors, such as soil nutrients, temperature, and pot size. Your preliminary exploration and trials with your orchid flowers may have already met with great success. However, if some concerns are starting to emerge, there are a variety of trouble-shooting strategies that you might try. You’ll also want to think about the continued growth needs of orchid flowers, like fertilizing and repotting your plant when it has outgrown its original pot.
Selecting and Gifting Orchid Flowers
Lasting longer than a cut bouquet, the gift of an orchid is a gift that can continuously give with a little bit of TLC. For that person you’ve loved for a long time to a new neighbor, thinking about the purpose and placement of the orchid flowers can help you choose accordingly!
Some cultures believe that orchid flowers provide energetic benefits to homes, which can make them a thoughtful housewarming or healing gift. As gifts for particular occasions or sentimental expressions, you’ll want to consider which type of orchid flower is fitting and which color best expresses your feelings. For example, selecting one of the yellow orchid varieties, such as the “Dancing Ladies” or “Moth Orchids,” might be most suitable for honoring a friend, as friendship is often associated with yellow. Note: orchid flowers, like blue orchids, are sometimes dyed, so be sure to check if this is the case for the orchid you are considering, so that your sentiment doesn’t inadvertently change with the new growth.
Yes, it is important to take the environmental needs of orchid flowers into consideration; however, this beautiful and almost otherworldly plant can provide an artistic touch to any space with even a single stem of blossoms. A single plant could welcome guests into a home or provide a tranquil, yet colorful splash to a bathroom. In a tablescape, orchid flowers accent any food, beverage, or gift arrangement due to both height and color. Seeming to float in the air and hover above other shorter items, orchid flowers may be a more space-conscious highlight than larger bouquets or more expansive centerpieces.
With their ethereal appearance, orchid flowers bring a special feel to any space or moment, and, even with their specific growing needs, many people find their care to be fairly easy. Many varieties are easily accessible for your next gift, but for the orchid aficionado or plant lover who would like a truly unique growing opportunity, some orchid flowers are even considered collector’s items. Inspired by the varied meanings and design opportunities associated with orchid flowers but not ready to commit to ongoing plant care? A thoughtful bouquet or a spontaneous gift of flowers and chocolates can still express the sentiments that your choice of flower gift intends to convey. With the honor of orchid flowers or otherwise, your recognition and thoughtfulness are what matter most.