Much of the conversation around watering orchids is devoting to making sure your plants don’t get too much water. However, not getting enough water can also be dangerous to orchid health. Often, in an effort to ensure they aren’t overwatering, orchid owners end up depriving their plants of much needed hydration.more
Making sure your orchid gets the right amount of water means walking the fine line between enough and too much. Falling on either side of that line can cause significant health damage for your orchid.
Luckily, your orchid can tell you everything you need to know about when it needs water, when it’s had enough or—most importantly—when it’s had too much. The answers are all in the roots.more
As beautiful as orchids are in the home, your desk or coffee table do not offer the same hospitable environment as a rainforest or greenhouse. To compensate for nutrients orchids would normally receive in their natural habitat, we recommend occasional fertilization. However, the concept of orchid fertilizing often leads to more questions than answers.
To help clear up some of the confusion, we’ve collected and answered five of the most commonly asked questions.more
Overwatering is one of the most common ways to harm an orchid. To ensure your orchid receives the perfect amount of water, we at Just Add Ice® advise you water your 5-inch orchid on the same day each week by placing three ice cubes on top of the media. (Use one ice cube once per week for mini orchids.)
Studies show watering orchids using ice cubes does not harm the plant. One recent study observed the effects of different watering methods on 10 varieties of Phalaenopsis orchids over the course of several months. The study concluded that, not only were there no detrimental effects on leaf or root health when watering with ice, some of the ice-treated plants actually had a longer display life and flower longevity.
New orchid owners are often shocked to find that, despite following care directions to a T, their orchid blooms begin to wilt and fall off. In most cases, this is a normal part of the Phalaenopsis orchid lifecycle. The fallen blooms merely signal that your orchid has reached the end of its blooming cycle and it’s now storing up energy to rebloom.
However, sometimes bloom loss can be indicative of a bigger problem in the health of your orchid. How can you tell the difference between natural bloom loss and something more concerning? Let’s explore.more
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Sending your child off to college can feel like one long list of items to purchase. Between bedding, school supplies and everything necessary to outfit his or her new dorm room, flowers might seem like the last thing you should be bothering with. However, you do not want to exclude an orchid from your list. Giving your college-bound kid an orchid for his or her dorm room can be more than a pretty decoration.
Here are our top six reasons why you should buy an orchid for the dorm room.more
While pleasing in their own right, orchid leaves often take a backseat to the exotic beauty of orchid blooms. But leaves can do something blooms can’t: Orchid leaves can help predict your plant’s future.
How, you ask? As we explained in our last blog, the color of orchid leaves can help you recognize signs of distress. Now you know what the colors on your leaves mean, a little intervention can often return your orchid to a healthy state.more
The color of your orchid leaves is one of the best indicators of orchid health. When a healthy Phalaenopsis orchid is in bloom or preparing to bloom, its leaves will be a bright medium green with yellow undertones (the color of healthy grass). But what happens when orchid leaves change colors? Does that mean the plant is unhealthy?more
Tomorrow is your sister’s birthday. To celebrate, your entire family is gathering for a picnic at her home. You’ve known about the picnic for weeks, but for reasons beyond your control, you have not had the opportunity to purchase her a gift. (You’ve barely had time to decide what dish you’ll contribute!)
You head to your local grocery store thinking, “I’ll just pick her up a card and something small.” But the further you walk down the gift aisle, the more dismayed you become with your choices. Just as you’re about to give up and head to her house empty handed, you spot the beautiful blooms of Just Add Ice® orchids.more
Just Add Ice® Orchids: They catch your eye every time you walk into your local supermarket or home improvement store. You see they are beautiful and you’ve heard they’re easy to care for, but you have yet to bring any orchids into your home.
Well, there’s more to these plants than their breathtaking beauty. Today we highlight three reasons why you should keep orchids in your home.more