Orchid Care Blog

Orchid Bloom Loss: What’s Normal and What’s Not

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 8/26/14 7:30 AM

orchid-bloom-lossNew 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.

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Topics: bloom loss

Back to School: Top 6 Reasons to Buy an Orchid for the Dorm

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 8/19/14 7:30 AM

orchid-in-dormSending 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. 

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Topics: Orchid Decor, buying a phalaenopsis orchid

Orchid Leaf Discoloration: What You Can Do

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 8/12/14 7:30 AM

orchid-leaf-discolorationWhile 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.

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Topics: Orchid Leaf Care, discolored orchid leaves

Why are My Orchid Leaves Changing Colors?

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 8/5/14 7:30 AM

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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?

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Topics: Orchid Care, Orchid Leaves, discolored leaves

Why Orchids Make the Perfect Last Minute Gift

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 7/31/14 7:30 AM

orchid-last-minute-giftTomorrow 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

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Topics: Orchid Gifting, orchid gifts, orchid gift ideas

Why You Should Keep Orchids in Your Home

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 7/29/14 7:30 AM

why-keep-orchids-in-homeJust 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.

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Topics: Orchid Care, orchids, buying a phalaenopsis orchid

How Many Orchids is Too Many for One Planter?

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 7/23/14 7:30 AM

orchids-in-planterNormally less—not more—is the rule of thumb when it comes to orchid care. Exposing your orchids to too much water, sunlight or moisture, for example, can have serious health repercussions for your plant. But when it comes to the number of orchids in your planter, the more the merrier!

If you’ve seen pictures of multiple orchids in planters like the one here, you may have wondered if the flowers inside were in need of some space. Today’s post will discuss how it’s possible to keep several orchids in one planter without jeopardizing their health.

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Topics: orchids, Orchid Planters, planter

3 Ways to Keep Your Orchids Feline-Free and Growing

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 7/17/14 7:30 AM

jai-cats-and-orchids-coexistYou love your pets, and you love your plants, but they don’t always seem to love each other. Cats, especially, can wreak havoc on orchids, whether they’re batting at the blooms or gnawing on the leaves. Today, we discuss three ways to help your plant and pet coexist.

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Topics: Orchid Care, Orchid Health, orchids and pets

How to Select a Healthy Orchid from the Store

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 7/15/14 7:30 AM

selecting-orchid-from-storeYou’ve admired Just Add Ice® orchids in your local supermarket for months. Well today’s the day you finally decided to buy one. But as you approach the display, you realize you’re not entirely sure what qualifies as a healthy orchid. Owning a Just Add Ice® Orchid should be an experience you treasure from the first moment you bring your plant home. Today’s post will give you five tips to help you select the best orchid from the store.

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Topics: healthy orchids

How Do I Care for Orchid Keikis?

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 7/9/14 7:30 AM

care-for-orchid-keikisIs there something seemingly odd emerging from your orchid node? Your plant could be producing a keiki! Orchids can reproduce asexually, and keikis (a Hawaiian word that means “baby” or “child”), are its offspring. On Phalaenopsis orchids, keikis usually form from an accumulation of growth hormones at a node.

Like any baby, keikis require special care so they can grow into beautiful mature orchids. Today’s post will teach you how to best care for your orchid keikis.

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Topics: phalaenopis orchids, watering your orchid, keikis

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