Orchids as a cut flower or plant make a great long lasting gift. These tropical blooms come in a variety of colours and shapes and can be very detailed blooms. Orchids are one of the largest flowering plant varieties and currently have about 28,000 recognised species. Some Orchid species are used for traditional medicine in China and have also been used as a source of herbal remedies.
The most common Orchids as a cut flower are Singapore Orchids, Phalaenopsis Orchids, Cymbidium Orchids and Vanda Orchids – just to name a few! Each of these varieties can last up to a month in a vase and all have multiple blooms on each stem.
Potted orchids are also very popular, with Cymbidium Orchids and Phalaenopsis being the most common varieties found in florists. They are great to keep indoors and flower for 3-4 months in the correct conditions. Miniature Phalaenopsis have also become very popular, often named ‘Little Lady’ they are a tiny version of your standard Phalaenopsis Orchid and have the most gorgeous mini blooms.
Orchids are very popular for wedding bouquets too. Their delicate blooms are a simple way create the most impact in a bridal bouquet. Often brides will choose just a few stems on Phalaenopsis Orchids for their bridal bouquet, which may sound simple but is very elegant.
Keep your Orchid in the plastic pot you bought it in, the Orchid root system likes to be compact so do not re-pot them for at least 2 years. When it comes to re-potting , do it after the flowering season. Do not use a regular potting mix, you need to re-pot them using an Orchid mix which is more like bark chips, this allows the water to run through and drain easily. Keep it moist not drenched. Spray flowers and plant with a mister regularly rather than tipping a lot of water on the plant itself. Keep the plants in a bright, warm room. (not next to any heaters) Place your Orchid outside in Spring in a sheltered area.
Cymbidium Orchids are the easiest variety to grow. They like a protected position outdoors away from strong sun and wind. Patios and verandas are ideal. Cymbidium Orchids need watering all year even when they are not flowering, they also require regular feeding. When flowering they produce several large spikes of flowers which have multiple blooms . Overall they are very hardy and can live outdoors all year round, you can also bring them inside when they are flowering to enjoy their gorgeous blooms.