Saturday, February 14, 2009

Orchids Not Roses

Orchids are my favorite house plant. They're simply elegant. I haven't had one in a while mainly because we moved, lived in a rental townhouse for a year while our home was being built, and then trying to get settled into our new home.

They're very delicate plants and need the perfect conditions to thrive. They love bright indirect sunlight, good circulation, humidity, and moderate watering. If any of the above conditions are not suitable, orchids can die or not produce magnificent blooms as they are known for.

They're many different varieties of orchids. Some of the most common ones are Phalaenopsis, cymbidium, dendrobium, and cattleya. Not only are they beautiful potted plants, they also make exquisite cut flower displays.

My in-laws surprised me with a Phalaenopsis for my birthday. I was thrilled because I decided I was going to treat myself to one and never did. I'm determined to have success with this one as my prior experience wasn't successful. My bedroom seems to be a suitable place since it receives the warmth and brightness from the afternoon sun.

Since it's Valentine's Day, instead of wishing for cut roses that you'll only enjoy for 4 to 6 days tops, tell your significant other to change it up a bit and bring home an orchid. You can find them at Walmart, Home Depot, or at a florists. You'll love the long lasting blooms that each orchid produces.


Driftwood and Pumpkin said...

Happy Valentine's Day! Love the orchid. I have never tried to keep one. I will try one day for sure!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful orchid, I think you have it in a good spot. You make me want to try my hand at raising orchid's. Do you hear "Mothers day gift"????

Living Life said...

I have never had an orchid either. Yours is beautiful!