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Fresh Cut Orchids Flowers

 

1. Upon receiving your package, open boxes immediately. Handle the flowers carefully to avoid damaging the stems or blooms. After removing wrapping sleeve and water vials (vials are used for transit only to keep flowers fresh), refresh blooms with a spray of water mist.

If they appear a little wilted, then submerge the stems (not the blooms) in warm water (around 100°f or 37°c) for a few minutes.

2. Cut a half inch (approximately 1 cm) off the base of the orchid's stems, using a sharp knife or scissors. Cut the stems at an angle, which allow the flowers to absorb a great amount of water.

3. Fill a clean vase more than half full with water, then arrange the stems in a vase. Blooms should be kept away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

They will last longer at cooler room temperatures (best storing temperature is 50°- 60° Fahrenheit / 10°- 15°Celsius), but be careful as blooms can suffer from cool draft.

(A cool draft is a moving air that is cooler than the ambient temperature, such as air from an open window on a cool day)

4. Trim stems and change water twice a week

 

Potted Orchids Plants

 

Phalaenopsis: These plants are considered among the easiest of the orchid family to care for as well as the most recognisable. The long lasting flowers bloom perfectly for up to three months, providing you ample return on your investment. The flowering intervals vary with each plant, and may be treated to a bloom as often as twice a year. Phalaenopsis have become one of the most popular variety of orchids because of their low maintenance and delicate balance of poise and elegance.

 

Temperature: Phalaenopsis enjoy much the same temperature range as we do. The minimum temperature at night is 60-65 F, while the average daytime temperature should be around 75-85 F. Occasional deviations will not harm your plant, except when it is in bud, chilly temperatures may cause the plant to stop budding.

 

Light:  How many times have you bought a plant, the blooms were so beautiful and they lasted forever, but now just can't get it to flower any more !

Normally its lighting, or more importantly, the lack of light may be the main reason for the failure or success with orchid blooms.

Phalaenopsis will flourish indoors under normal lighting conditions, with indirect sunlight being the most advantageous. Caution should be used when placing a phalaenopsis in direct sunlight due to the fact that its leaves burn easily from too much exposure to the sun.

 

Good light Vs Bad light : Light is a key factor in growing healthy orchids. Direct sunlight may cause plants to burn, and too little light will prevent plants from flowering. An ideal location is behind curtains or blinds. If you receive your plant by mail, expose it to light gradually in stages over a period of several weeks.

Leaf colour is a good indicator of the amount of light a plant is receiving. Orchids should have bright green, healthy leaves. Dark green leaves indicate that a plant is getting insufficient light, and yellowish-green or red leaves indicate that a plant is getting too much light. If you suspect a plant is exposed to too much light, feel the leaves, if they feel noticeably warmer than the surrounding air, move the plant to a location with less intense brightness.

 

Water: Water often enough to keep continuous moisture just below the surface of the medium, but be cautious of over watering. Watering once a week is normally sufficient to keep your plant healthy and happy.

 

Humidity: Phalaenposis enjoy moist air , with a humidity level of 55-75 % being ideal. Placing your plant over a tray or dish of water can increase moisture. Separate the pot and tray with pebbles or small stones to raise the height of your plant and ensure that it does not sit directly in the water.

The ideal day time humidity for orchids is 50% to 70%. During the summer, when the days are warm and dry, humidity can be increased by placing the plant in a shallow dish or tray containing pebbles and water. Be sure to keep the water just below the top of the pebbles. Never let water touch the bottom of the pot, other wise it will expose the roots to too much water, causing them to deteriorate. To maintain the quality of water in the tray, remove the pebbles every 2 or 3 months and wash them in a weak bleach solution to remove accumulated salts and algae. Do not add bleach or algaecide to water in the tray when it is in use. You can also group your plant together in a single evaporation tray to create a humid micro climate and an attractive display. Just don't place them so close together that air circulation is restricted.

Both temperature and light should be taken into consideration when deciding to increase humidity. Any form of watering, damping down or spraying should not be performed in the late afternoon or evening. The falling temperatures towards the end of the day can cause unnecessary condensation if highly humid conditions are induced, plants will then become covered with a film of water droplets, which can lead to rooting.

 

Feeding: Good results may be obtained by using a high nitrogen fertilizer year round at 1 teaspoon per gallon of water. Feed your plant once a month. In this instance, less is more. So be sure not to overdo it.

 

Re-potting: Plants should be re-potted every year and, because they grow upwards with out spreading, can go back into the same sized pot. A medium grade wood bark works well, as orchids take nutrients from the potting mixes as it slowly breaks down . The finer thr potting mix you use the faster the nutrients are released . Check for root damage and pull off any dead roots, they will come away easily with gentle pressure if they are dead, leaving a fine wire like centre which can be trimmed off. Phalaenposis orchids can also produce aerial roots which can be left above the compost .  Water sparingly until new roots are well established. 

* Top tip - Try to avoid repotting an orchid which is in flower, it is  best to repot after flowering. 

 

Cutting: When the last flower drops, cut your flower spike halfway down the stem. Continue caring for it and wait for a possible re-bloom.