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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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