Making an orchid arrangement for your home is simple and will deliver many weeks of enjoyment.
These days orchids are both affordable and plentiful. Most grocery stores stock a variety of orchid plants usually starting at around $14.00. Creating a live floral for your home is so satisfying, mainly because it can be done with great success in a matter of a few minutes.
In a recent post, I created succulent plantings in a pair of urns as we focused on the Biophilic design trend. Maybe you have heard of this movement, To define it simply: Biophilic design is a focus on bringing the outdoors into our environments.
In the winter months and early spring, I crave live plants around me to balance the barrenness of the outdoors. Having fresh flowers in the house is such a luxury and orchids if properly cared for, last weeks or months.
To create an arrangement for your home, you will need a large container, foil, to secure and balance the plants, green and/or Spanish moss to cover the top, and of course, orchids in roughly the same size and color. The size of the planter will determine how many orchids you need. My large white pot holds 2 orchids.
I like to use foil to lift the orchids to the correct height in the container. Foil is very moldable so you can easily create a base using it. If you have more than 2 orchids, it’s also helpful to use crushed foil in between the orchids to keep them properly spaced and upright. Once I had the base of foil, I filled in with moss.
Place the orchids into the container taking care to point the blooming branches in the direction that makes sense for your arrangement. For this grouping, I pointed the blooms in opposite directions. Sometimes I take the orchids out of the decorative pots they come in but this time, the pots were just nestled into the container.
To finish the arrangement, fill in the top with green moss.
I placed my arrangement on a large silver plate tray on the coffee table in my living room and have been enjoying it now for about a month.
A few more tidbits:
Many experts tell you not to water orchids with ice cubes, that said, I find moving orchids to water them sometimes upsets the plants and they begin to drop blooms. I give each orchid 3-4 cubes every week in the cooler months and as the sun gets hotter coming through my windows, I will water them a bit more often. Do what works the best for you!
Did you know that you can tell the age of an orchid by the leaf sets? Each leaf set represents 1 year of life! It’s hard to tell from this photo but these orchids are 3 years old.
Did you know that the vanilla bean comes from a species of orchids?
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