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How to Best Care for Your Orchid This Winter

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 12/23/14 8:30 AM

best care for your orchid this winterAs the months get colder and the days get shorter, you might find yourself wondering  how seasonal changes can affect your orchid. While the basic care (like your watering  schedule) will likely stay the same, certain environmental changes can necessitate some  adjustments. 

As long as you’re prepared for how the  winter months may affect your orchid,  you shouldn’t have any trouble  bringing your thriving plant into the  spring. Here are a few changes to  keep in mind: 

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Topics: Orchid Care, winter orchid care

Why You Should Keep Orchids in Your Home This Winter

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 12/16/14 9:00 AM

why you should keep orchids in your home this winterWhen you picture an orchid, you probably think of brightly colored blooms in tropical locations. Though Phalaenopsis orchids do come in many tropical colors, Just Add Ice® Orchids are grown to bloom year round, meaning they can be enjoyed beyond the spring and summer months. 

However, there are many more reasons to keep orchids in your home this winter than the simple fact that they’re still available in stores. Here are five reasons why you should have an orchid in your home this winter. 

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Topics: Orchid Care, winter orchid care

Holiday Gift Ideas from Just Add Ice® Orchids

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 12/9/14 8:30 AM

orchid holiday gift ideas The holiday season is fast approaching! As you’re making your list (and checking it twice…), you’re probably also busy figuring out the best gifts for your loved ones. Just Add Ice® Orchids can make the perfect personalized holiday gift for a variety of people. 

Let’s take a look at just how versatile of a holiday gift orchids can be.

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Topics: Orchid Gift, orchid gift ideas, orchids as gifts

Caring For Orchids: Are You Unknowingly Harming Your Orchid?

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 12/4/14 10:30 AM

caring for your orchidsSometimes, even if you do your best to ensure your orchid has the right watering  schedule and environment to thrive, there are some care mishaps that can lead to  unnecessary harm. Discovering that your orchid is sick or dying despite your best efforts  is disheartening and discouraging. In order to give your plant a long, healthy life, avoid  these three small but harmful behaviors. 

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Topics: Orchid Care, Orchid Health, keeping your orchid healthy

6 Reasons You Should Give an Orchid to Your Thanksgiving Host

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 11/25/14 8:30 AM

orchid-thanksgiving-giftIf you’re planning on traveling to someone else’s home for this year’s Thanksgiving meal, you’re probably already thinking about what food items you’ll be contributing to the menu and what type of gift you can bring to thank your host. Even when meals are a collaborative effort, arriving with a small gift shows your host or hostess that you appreciate them opening up their home for the gathering. 

A typical go-to standard for hosting gifts is a bouquet of flowers. While cut and arranged flowers are certainly nice, they don’t offer the same advantages as giving an orchid. This Thanksgiving, surprise your host with a beautiful and exotic Phalaenopsis orchid. Here are six reasons why giving an orchid to your Thanksgiving host is a great idea. 

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Topics: Fall Decorating, Orchid Gifting, decorating with orchids

Orchid Care: How to Care for My Mini Orchid

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 11/18/14 8:30 AM

mini-orchid-careIt is often assumed that, due to their delicate and exotic appearance, Phalaenopsis orchids are difficult to keep healthy and beautiful. This assumption is especially prevalent when it comes to mini orchids. Since the smaller version of the full-sized Phals appear even more delicate, it causes some consumers to pass up purchasing them. 

However, just like their full-sized counterparts, mini orchids are hardy plants that require minimal care to thrive. Their smaller stature allows them to be a more versatile decorating option, and their miniature blossoms make a charming addition to centerpieces and displays.  

In many ways, the care for mini orchids and full sized orchids is very similar, but there are some key differences worth noting.

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Topics: Mini Orchid, Orchid Care

3 Ideas to Keep Your Resting Orchid Beautiful

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 11/11/14 8:30 AM

resting-orchid-beautifulThere’s no denying an orchid in full bloom is a beautiful addition to your home décor. It’s no wonder most orchid owners search for a prominent place to display their plants in their homes!

However, once orchids lose their blooms and enter their resting phase, they become less aesthetically pleasing. While bloom loss is a normal part of a healthy orchid life cycle, many orchid owners choose to throw their plant away rather than care for it through the next blooming cycle. Even if they keep their orchid, they might be more inclined to move it to a less visible area of their home. 

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Topics: Orchid Reblooming, resting orchids

What to Do When Orchid Blooms Wilt and Fall

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 11/5/14 10:29 AM

orchid-blooms-wiltFor first time orchid owners, the end of the initial blooming cycle can be confusing and disappointing. Despite following the simple watering schedule and making sure your plant received plenty of indirect light, your orchid blooms wilted and fell off. Assuming your orchid is dead, you label yourself with a black thumb and throw what’s left of your plant in the dumpster.

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Topics: Orchid Blooms, Orchid Reblooming, resting orchids

Why Fall is the Best Season to Trigger Orchid Reblooming

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 10/28/14 7:30 AM

fall-trigger-rebloomingAt Just Add Ice® Orchids, we don’t like to play favorites. But when it comes to seasons, we just can’t help ourselves! Spring is a favorite season of ours because orchids in nature will typically bloom in early spring. The season also presents a number of opportunities to showcase our favorite flower, from incorporating orchids into a wedding to decorating with orchids throughout your home.

Fall is another favorite. Sure, much of our love for fall stems from enjoying pumpkin-flavored treats. But we also favor fall because it is the optimal season to trigger orchid reblooming!

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Topics: Orchid Reblooming

Trimming Orchid Spikes: A How-To Guide

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 10/21/14 7:30 AM

trim-orchid-spikeIf your orchid bloomed through the spring and summer, fall marks that time you’ll likely see your orchid enter a period of rest. The blooms will wilt and fall off, but don’t worry—your orchid is not dead! Rather, it is saving up energy to rebloom next season.  

Even though bloom loss isn’t cause for concern, it does signal it’s time to help your orchid through its months of hibernation. One of the main ways you can assist in the reblooming process is by trimming your orchid spikes. The decreasing temperatures of the fall season make it the ideal time to encourage reblooming in future months. 

For a first time orchid owner, trimming spikes can be a stressful task. However, with the right information, it can easily become part of your orchid care routine. Just follow these four steps!

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Topics: Orchid Care, Orchid Spikes, trimming orchid spikes

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