Orchid Care Blog

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

4 Tips for a Sunburn-Free Orchid this Summer

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 7/3/14 7:30 AM

prevent-orchid-sunburn-1The warmth of the summer sun is a joy. Whether you’re decked out in a lawn chair or lying on a beach, soaking up the sun’s rays can be quite relaxing. But the sun can also be unforgiving: The sting of sunburned skin is proof of its harshness. That’s why sunscreen is so crucial during the summer months.

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as SPF for your orchid; however, you can minimize its chances of getting burned. Today’s post provides four useful tips to help ensure your orchid gets the benefits of the sun without getting baked.

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Topics: orchid sunburn

How Do I Care for a Resting Orchid?

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 7/1/14 7:30 AM

care-for-dormant-orchidWhen an orchid is finished blooming, its blooms will wilt and fall off before it enters into a resting period. Resting is a normal part of the Phalaenopsis orchid lifecycle in which your plant is storing up energy to rebloom. Continue to care for your plant during this period, and you’ll likely be rewarded with vibrant, healthy blooms.

Here’s how to best care for your resting orchid:

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Topics: Orchid Reblooming, Fertilizing Orchids, dormant orchid

Are Orchid Home Remedies Helpful or Harmful?

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 6/26/14 7:30 AM

orchid-home-remedies-1If you’ve ever sipped ginger root steeped in hot water to relieve a stomachache, then you’ve used a home remedy. Tried and true remedies like these can prove highly effective. Home remedies can work for your orchid, too; however, it’s important you use methods that have been proven to help your plant. Using an unproven remedy can be disastrous to its health.

In today’s blog, we separate the fact from fiction with regards to home remedies, advising you which are OK to use and which ones you should steer away from.

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Topics: Orchid Care, caring for orchids, Orchid remedies

4 Orchid "Problem" Signs That Aren't Problems at All

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 6/24/14 7:30 AM

orchid-problem-signsThere are thick, seemingly overgrown roots crowding the space on top of your potting media, and there’s something about them that just doesn’t look right. “Do I need to repot my orchid?” you think. If you’ve noticed these roots, there’s only one thing to do…

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

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