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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

Caring for your Orchid When You’re on Vacation

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 6/19/14 7:30 AM

orchids-on-vacationIt’s the Friday before your summer vacation, and you couldn’t be more excited. Your suitcases are packed. You’ve bought your tickets and booked your resort. But there’s one thing you forgot to prepare for: designating an orchid sitter.

Whether you’re gone for two days, two weeks or two months, it’s important to figure out how to care for your orchid in your absence. Today’s post is a how-to guide to make sure your orchid receives proper care even when you’re not present.

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Topics: Orchid Care, orchid care tips, keeping your orchid healthy

How to Care for Orchids in an Overly Humid Environment

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 6/17/14 7:30 AM

orchid-humid-environmentIs there such a thing as too much humidity for a moisture-loving Phalaenopsis? The short answer is yes. Too much of anything is never good. Excess humidity can open up the door to a new set of problems and headaches for you and your orchid.

But what precautions can you take if you live in a humid climate? In today’s post, we will tackle how you can “dry out” your orchids in a damp environment.

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Topics: Orchid Care, Humidity for Orchids, Orchid Health

Go-To Tips for Better Summer Orchid Care

Posted by Just Add Ice Orchids 6/12/14 7:30 AM

summer-orchid-careSummer is right around the corner. Time to head outdoors and soak up the sun’s warm rays. Like you, Phalaenopsis orchids love the summer; however, summer weather can pose problems for your plant. Today, we’re sharing a few tips to help keep your orchid healthy this summer.

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Topics: Orchid Care, Repotting Orchids, orchid care tips

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