Wedding Orchids


One of the most important aspects regarding a wedding is probably the wedding flowers. Not only do they add visual interest to that special day but they add a certain elegance and a statement about the couple themselves. One traditional and probably the most popular wedding flower chosen is the orchid.  There are so many different varieties and colors to choose from that any couple would be hard pressed not to find exactly what they are looking for.

There are several ways orchids can be used in a wedding ceremony.  One way of course is in the bouquet.  What makes the orchid the perfect flower for a wedding bouquet is it’s color and scent.  Most wedding bouquets typically feature a white or off-white colored orchid, which are usually in great supply. However, when choosing a scent, a strong scented flower might be out of the question since many people suffer from allergies.  This could create a difficult situation when holding fresh flowers so close to one’s nose.

Many people may not know that there are meanings behind a flower’s name and they stand for particular things.  For instance, roses embody love.  Lilacs and daisies stand for innocence.  Blue hydrangeas stand for loyalty and friendship.  The flowers that are picked for a wedding send a message as well.  Orchids portray beauty and that’s definitely something every bride and groom wants their wedding to be.  Beauty goes beyond looks; it can further accentuate the beauty of one’s life, their relationship and the tradition and ceremonies themselves.  With so many beautiful things about a wedding, orchids are a wonderful flower of choice.

Centerpieces on the tables are another great aspect of wedding orchids.  While some of the concerns regarding allergies and strong scents should be taken into consideration, there are several reasons why orchids would make the perfect flower in these arrangements.  Orchids are tough as nails.  Although they are sensitive to cold and may bruise or drop blooms with rough handling, they are however resistant to moisture loss and heat. For the happy couple who plan a summer wedding this brings great news. Orchids also are great for centerpieces due to their height.  Some types of orchids can grow quite tall making the centerpiece truly the center of attention.

Being able to buy orchids in bulk means that you are also able to cut costs and go right to the source of the growers rather then paying for all the times that the flowers have to change hands. If you are planning on doing things yourself and incorporating orchids into not only the bouquets and the centerpieces but also other aspects of the decorations, then buying orchids in bulk is definitely the way to go.  Additionally, orchids are available year round depending upon their variety.



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Orchid Watering Tips


Orchids have quickly become a favorite among houseplants due to their gorgeous blooms and their variety in species, colors and sizes. Like any other plant, orchids require the correct growing conditions in order to thrive. Part of offering your orchid the right growing conditions is giving your orchid the right amount of water. Since the amount of water required for your orchid can vary between different species of orchids, it is important to research your particular plant. But, it is helpful to understand orchids in general and where they come from.

Orchid plants are typically found in tropical areas of the globe. The areas where many orchid plants are found receive a tremendous amount of rain. It can also be very humid in their native habitats. In fact, the ideal humidity level for most orchid plants is 80%. Considering that a room that is kept at 80% humidity would be extremely uncomfortable for most human beings, you need to find other strategies in order to keep your orchids happy and healthy. An easy way to humidify your orchids is to provide them with a constant supply of water. Orchid owners can purchase a deep saucer and some pebbles. You should pour the pebbles into the saucer. Set your orchid pot on top of the pebbles within the saucer and then water the pebbles. Make sure that the water never touches the actual orchid pot. By doing this you are able to set up an artificial high-humidity climate around your orchids.

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when caring for orchids is over watering them. Generally it is assumed by some owners that when the potting soil looks dry, the plant needs to be watered. This is not true especially when it comes to orchids. Although the potting bark may appear dry, the bark itself holds moisture. The rule of thumb is to water your orchid plant once a week or once every other week, sparingly.

When growing an orchid plant in your home, you should let the potting bark dry out completely before watering again. Some species of orchids grow on the trunks and branches of trees. In their native habitats it is normal for their roots to dry out before being given water again. Orchid plants also need to be fertilized but sparingly as well. You can buy orchid fertilizer at most garden shops or an orchid store within your area. Creating a good routine for watering and fertilizing your orchid is an excellent way to guarantee that you will be able to enjoy these exotic plants for a very long time.

Orchids will thrive in your home environment if they are given the proper care including the right amount of potting bark, the right amount of water, the proper amount of sunlight and if they are fertilized occasionally. Although they are quite beautiful, they can also be temperamental. But, by understanding how to care for them properly, orchids are not that complicated and you can grow these exotic and beautiful plants within your home.



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Types of Orchid


Although there are many, many different species and hybrids of orchids, there are actually only two different types of orchids. Growing ground orchids is called terrestrial.  The other type of orchid is the epiphytes orchid that grows in trees, rocks or even on poles.

Terrestrial orchid species are some of the most popular orchids.  Although terrestrial orchids have roots that grow beneath the surface of the soil just like most other types of plants, some terrestrial orchids are semi-terrestrial.  This means that they have both underground and aerial roots.  Cymbidium orchids are a terrestrial orchid consisting of more than 40 species with thousands of hybrids.  They are one of the first species of orchids to have been cultivated. These orchids are a great example of terrestrials that not only grow on the ground but they can also grow on trees and rocks. They grow extremely well in the loose humus of rotted wood or decaying leaves. Cymbidium orchids can be found in their natural habitat which extends from Southeast Asia to Japan as well as being found in Australia. Cymbidium orchids are so popular because they are easy to grow and are therefore a perfect choice for beginners. Additionally, with the proper care, they will provide beautiful flowers each and every year.

The term epiphyte is actually not reserved to a type of orchid. It refers to any plant that has a root system above ground. Dendrobiums are the best known epiphytes orchid. Although they are easy to grow, they require slightly more care than Cymbidiums and do not flower as easily on a regular basis. There are over 1000 species of Dendrobiums. They can be found in their natural tropical conditions of Northern India, South East Asia, Australia and Polynesia. Because they are found in tropical conditions, Dendrobiums thrive in warm, humid growing conditions and should be kept moist. Another popular epiphyte type of orchid is the Phalaenopsis. These orchids are easy to grow and have long-lasting flowers. They are often seen at weddings and can be found in various colors including pinks, yellows, and even stripes.

Epiphytic orchids grow upon structures like trees. Even tho they grow attached to the tree, they do not receive their nourishment from the tree itself. They establish themselves by their fleshy roots on branches or bark of trees. The organic matter that accumulates between the roots and branches is used as nutrients for the plant. The roots of epiphytic orchids can also sustain the plant throughout wet and dry periods. A spongy off-white covering that can absorb water easily surrounds the tough, stringy core of the root. When it rains, this cover soaks up water. When it is completely saturated, it turns light green. The orchids roots retain the moisture and will release it gradually to the plant tissues. There are also some species of epiphytic orchids that cling to rocks. As they are suspended from trees or rocks, the epiphytes thrive in filtered light and always in open, airy situations.



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Orchid Growing Tips With Lights


Orchids, like many other types of houseplants, have very specific needs including light, water and nutrition. One of the most important aspects in regards to the overall health of your orchid plant is the kind of light that it receives. The amount of light can vary depending upon the species. Since orchids naturally are found within the tropical areas of the globe, they generally require a great deal of diffused light to thrive. The tropical areas they originated from normally have distinct patterns of sun and shade throughout the day. Therefore, in order to provide your orchids the cooler morning diffused light and prevent them from burning in the strong afternoon sun, place your orchid in an easterly facing window, where it should receive at least twelve hours of light per day. Granted, this is sometimes not feasible due to the very strong afternoon sun. However, your particular situation may be different.

In order to determine the growing conditions your specific orchid species will require, you will need to find out as much information about your particular orchid. There are several ways to go about doing this. First, talk to the nursery where you purchased your plant. Pick their brains with as much orchid growing instructions as possible. While you are doing your research, look up information about your orchid species online to find what would be best for your situation before you even purchase your plant. Some orchids thrive on receiving a lot of sun. While other species of orchids will wilt if they don’t get the required shade.

Among orchid growers there are two distinct ways to decipher which orchids like what type of light. Soft growing orchids mean they thrive in shady conditions. Hard growing orchids thrive in sunny conditions. Typically an orchid that requires soft or shady growing conditions will offer their owners the enjoyment of a healthy and thriving plant, but the blooms will tend to be small and infrequent. On the other hand, orchids that are grown in hard or sunny conditions will produce many blooms, but not many plants. There you will most likely find stunted orchid yellow leaves on such a plant.

One way of ensuring that your orchid will get the correct amount of light is to use a glow-light. By purchasing a grow light and a timer you will be ensured on providing your orchids the correct amounts of both light and darkness. It is also possible to use a florescent light to offer your orchids a light source that is not too over powering for their needs. For years it was thought that experienced horticulturists could only successfully grow orchids. But, with these simple tips of giving your orchids the right kind of light necessary, even the most inexperienced growers can now grow orchids. With a full understanding of the type of species, along with the natural sunlight, a grow light or florescent lights, you will be able to produce a gorgeous orchid plant that will give you wonderful, full blooms throughout their blooming season.



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Caring for Orchids


Orchids have become one of the most favorite houseplants. There are many different species of orchids that can be found naturally and there are even more species of hybrid orchids available . They are not difficult to grow with the proper amount of care including water, light, fertilizer and air. While many species of orchids do enjoy cooler conditions, several species do quite well in temperatures that are around 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

One of the easiest orchids to grow is the Phalaenopsis orchid plant. This species of orchid adapts well to the environment of a home or office. Different species of the orchid’s flowers will last for different amounts of time. From the time that the first Phalaenopsis bud opens, the sprays will remain in bloom for the next two to three months.Where as, the flowers on a Cattleyas orchid plant may last up to a month in bloom from the time that the bud opens. Some species of orchids will bloom once a year, while other species bloom several times a year and some even bloom continuously.

Another aspect of orchids that makes them so popular is their fragrance. Some orchids have wonderful aromas. But, the scents from fragrant orchid flowers vary considerably. Some species of orchid plants are subtle while other species can be quite overpowering. The scents can range from fruity to flowery. More amazing is the fact that many orchids have familiar aromas such as chocolate, raspberry, coconut, lilac or citrus.

Orchids should be planted in bark rather then typical potting soil because potting soil cuts off the air circulation at the roots and blocks the drainage of the water. They can also be grown in New Zealand sphagnum moss. Orchids need to be grown in pots that will supply good drainage. They should also be watered about once or twice a week. During the summer, your orchid plant may need to be watered more frequently about every four to five days. A good rule of thumb to follow is the more heat, the more water you should give your orchid. The less heat, the less amount of water. Orchid plants that are potted in New Zealand sphagnum moss should be water less often then those planted in bark. These plants can be watered once every seven to ten days.

Depending upon the species of orchid, they prefer a lot of light that is not too strong. They do very well sitting in an east-facing window. Since many orchid species can be found naturally in tropical conditions, they are use to receiving both sun and shade. Orchids that are suffering from either too much light will display yellowing leaves. If this occurs you should increase the shade that your orchid receives. Orchid yellow leaves may also indicate insufficient feeding. Orchid plants can be fertilized on a regular basis about every other week. You should also water your orchid plant before applying the diluted nutrient solution if the potting media is too dry.



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Growing Orchids Indoors


It has been the belief of many for sometime that caring for orchids was difficult or reserved only for the rich. But, with more then 25,000 species and more then 100,000 hybrids, it is possible for anyone to find an orchid that will fit into their lifestyle, budget and level of skill as a horticulturist. Today, orchid problems have become a thing of the past.

Most orchid types do not require anymore additional care than any other house or garden plants. But, some orchids do have special requirements. Your first step towards caring for orchids should always be to find out the particular needs that your orchid requires. There are very few plants that produce such a delicate and beautiful bloom as an orchid. For that reason, it is one of the things that makes growing an orchid indoors such a popular past time. If you give your orchid additional care, you can keep them blooming just as healthy and heartily as they were in the store. The most popular orchid, a phaleanopsis, you may have either received as a gift or purchased from a nursery. This is the stunning white or purple orchids that are readily available due to the fact that they are easier to care for than some of the less common varieties of orchid plants.

Orchids will bloom for at least three months if they are taken care of correctly. You should always place your orchid near the window so that it will receive sunlight throughout the day. However, you should avoid the midday sun which can be too harsh for these plants. Your aim should be to give your orchid morning and evening sunlight. For this reason, the eastern side of your home is an excellent location to place your orchid. You can substitute natural sunlight with fluorescent lights placed about a foot above the orchid’s flowers but, you still want to limit exposure during normal daylight hours.

Orchids thrive in temperatures that are above 55 degrees Fahrenheit but no higher than 80 degrees. Orchids that are in weather that surpasses 90 degrees will start to loose their buds or will stop blooming all together. It is important to make sure that the flower stays moist, but do not over water the roots for it can kill the blooms. In stead, water the plant once every few weeks, or keep the orchid in a water tray constantly. Make sure that the roots do not touch the water tray or it will then constantly be soaking up too much water. A great tip to keeping the orchid in bloom for the most amount of time as possible is to fertilize the plant before it blooms. Once it has bloomed, you don’t need to fertilize it any longer. An additional tip to keeping your orchid in bloom for the greatest amount of time is to carefully prune the orchid while it is blooming. You will then be able to see a second set of flowers develop. With the right amount of care and attention, you will be able to own a gorgeous orchid plant that will display a full and rich bloom throughout the blooming season.

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