Orchid Care Blog

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!


Topics: Orchid Care, Orchid Spikes, trimming orchid spikes

5 Ideas to Decorate With Orchids This Fall

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

fall-decorate-with-orchidsWhen planning how to decorate your home for the fall season, your orchids probably aren’t the first décor item that comes to mind. Though they may not be typically incorporated into fall decorations, the right orchid arrangement can add unique fall flair to your home.  

Here are our five best orchid decorating ideas for fall. 


Topics: Orchid Decor, decorating with orchids

Will the Changing Seasons Affect Orchid Health?

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

orchid-changing-seasonsThe arrival of fall always seems to come with an element of excitement. Leaves begin to change, evenings get cozier and the holidays are right around the corner. It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of thick sweaters and pumpkin-flavored baked goods. However, before you jump headfirst into planning your Halloween costume, it’s important to consider your orchid’s changing needs. 

To help make sure your orchids make it through the changing seasons, we’ve compiled a short checklist for upcoming cooler weather. 


Topics: Orchid Care, Orchid Health

Watering Orchids: Are My Orchids Getting Enough Water?

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 9/23/14 7:30 AM

dry-orchid-rootsMuch 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. 


Topics: Watering Orchids, Orchid Roots

How Do I Know If I’m Overwatering My Orchid?

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 9/16/14 7:30 AM

overwatering-orchidsMaking 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.


Topics: Orchid Roots, Overwatering Orchids, orchid root health

The Top 5 Orchid Fertilizing Questions Answered

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

fertilizing-orchidsAs 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.


Topics: Orchid Fertilizing, Fertilizing Orchids

Why Water Orchids With Ice? Just Add Ice® Watering Method Explained

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 9/2/14 7:30 AM

just-add-ice-wateringOverwatering 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.


Topics: Watering Orchids, Just Add Ice

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.


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. 


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.


Topics: Orchid Leaf Care, discolored orchid leaves

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