The orchid, the ideal plant for a floral decoration; it is a sweet, seductive, mythical flower, buried between the bushes while waiting for a butterfly to come and fertilize it, in its natural environment or invited to your home. It is a pleasure for the eyes and for nature lovers in general..
Floral decoration – the edge of a window is the ideal place for an orchid
The orchid is a very popular flower for decorating an apartment, to give as a gift and ideal for the floral decoration of a happy event. Its name comes from the Greek orchis, which means testis referring to the tuberculous form of some terrestrial species from temperate regions..
A bouquet with orchids in a glass vase
Orchids belong to the family of monocotyledonous plants, very diverse with more than twenty-five thousand species, divided into eight – one hundred and fifty genera. At the fork of trees these exotic plants grow in a forest environment with a humid atmosphere and are most often found in tropical regions. But commercial varieties are also present in the flower market which are often hybrids..
A bedroom and a nightstand, with an orchid
Orchids are epiphytic or terrestrial plants that require a lot of care in any case except for a few species that are not capricious enough, but it is depending on their availability and relevance. Contrary to what one might think, they are extremely resistant plants, as long as we know how to take care of them.
A bedroom in light shade and an orchid
Light is essential, orchids need a lot of light. You have to pay attention to how they are positioned according to the seasons. It is better to place them out of the sun in summer while avoiding prolonged shadows, in winter opt for a brighter place such as the edge of a window.
A simple flower arrangement, with two orchids in violets
The ideal temperature for orchids is between 20 and 30 ° C during the day and between 18 and 25 ° C at night with a hydrometry between 50% to 80% these parameters are for the maintenance of these magnificent plants in the greenhouse. Orchids divided into three types of temperature requirements: cool, medium and warm.
An original kitchen decoration, with white and purple orchids
But in an apartment, it is difficult to apply such measures, so you have to be resourceful sometimes. For example, place your flower on a basin filled with water and volcanic rock, the heat from your home and the evaporation generated will do the work, and if you add an aquarium heater (with thermostat) in the basin it will be perfect. . The number one enemy of orchids is root rot.
A simple table decoration with a white orchid
Their roots are tough and under no circumstances should they remain soaked in water for a long time or leave standing water in the pot. To properly water an orchid, pour plenty of water into the pot to moisten the plant well and then drain the pot. Add a small amount of lemon juice to the orchid water, mainly to reduce the effects of limescale and then they like it! Sometimes the dust gains ground and sticks to the leaves of the plant, wash them from time to time with a sponge soaked in beer.
A bedroom decoration in blue with a purple orchid
The orchid also requires food. Look for fertilizers that contain nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), as well as trace elements such as iron (Fe). Use fertilizer with a higher percentage of nitrogen when new growth is emerging and fertilizer with more phosphorus and potassium later in the season. Do not overfeed orchids – this can damage them.
A round bouquet with roses and purple orchids
And above all, do not confuse terrestrial orchids and epiphytic orchids (growing tree or branch). This is with regard to the care of these exotic flowers. Now it’s time to choose your orchids, flourishes and essential accessories that go with them! The first priority is the choice of plants, they must be suitable for your environment because of their adaptability to most conditions, their availability and their capacity for cultivation.
A wall decoration with a pink orchid, Zen style
Buy a plant that has already flowered unless you are not overly patient, as sometimes it takes 5 years to see a flower. Choose the size of the pot based on the size of the root mass. Orchids tend to prefer small pots; there is a wide variety of pots and also of manufacturing materials, transparent glass or plastic, carved in stone or made of clay, porcelain pots too are to be taken. into account.
A decoration with a white orchid with purple center
Common growing media include fir bark, coconut husk, sphagnum moss, tree fern fibers, perlite, or any mixture of these for added beauty. By taking care of them and following these tips, these beautiful flowers of elegance and sophistication are nearly immortal, which is why they symbolize eternal youth. And to finish.
A decoration with white orchids in a work desk
And to finish it off, let’s play a little game for the moment. Here are the names of some orchids and it’s up to you to find them in the photos. The coelogyne cristata, The cymbidium devonianum, The “Touchstone” cymbidium, The dendrobium nobile, The epidendrum cochliatum (also called Encyclia cochleata), The laelia enceps, The maxillaria tenufolia, The miltonia clowesii, The paphiopedilum callosilum, The pleopedione formosana, La vanda cristata. These few poetic verses in homage to this splendid plant are your reward. In the hollow of crumpled papers. A tear of sand remains. And the charm of the orchid. Tremble, imperishable beauty.
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