She's exotic, delicate-looking, always beautifully dressed and always noticed - and she's also the one that seems so incredibly intimating. But, once you get to know her, you'll find that she's actually a friendly, loyal, low-maintenance girl who simply has the good fortune to wake up gorgeous every day.
Mid-winter is a great time to buy orchids. You can find them on sale all over the place. Here's how to make and keep an orchid friend:
1) If you want low maintenance, look for Phalaenopsis:
Phalaenopsis is the easiest orchid to grow and will last the longest. You can find them in white, pink, yellow, red and orange and in variable markings and spots of all kinds.
2) Buy the plant with the most unopened buds.
3) Give her some light - but not a lot of bright, direct light.
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These plants come from the jungle, not the field. They like a bit of light but don't want or need an intense sun bath every day.
4) Give her a drink, but don't let her overdo it.
Water your orchid when it approaches dryness (every 4-7 days). It's best to water in the morning so that extra water will be evaporated by evening. Don't let it stand in water or it could get rot. Water with distilled water (don't use softened water)
4) Give her a (small) bite to eat.
5) Help her find a new outfit.
After the first full flowering, cut the stem above the node where the first flower bloomed. From the node, a new flower stem should emerge within two months.
And, that's it! See, she's not so difficult after all. She just needs someone who understands her small, but specific needs. So, go on - say "hello" to an orchid.
Have a great day!