Pick ‘em. Pin ‘em. Buy ‘em. And then what?! For those of us with thumbs a paler shade of green, Taylor Patterson of Fox Fodder Farm is here to help.
We’re starting out with her advice for low-maintenance orchids, have a question about buying flowers, nontraditional arrangements, or even using blooms as decoration. Send your queries to Garden@SousStyle.com!
Ok, Taylor, first things first! Is there such thing as an ‘easy’ orchid? And if so, are there any tricks on keeping them alive?!
Ok, orchids! The trick is that there are a million tricks… and it all depends on the variety of orchid you get.
The absolute easiest orchid requiring the least amount of care.
The variety that will for sure last you up to six weeks and require the least amount of care are the standard phaleonopsis (the white ones you see everywhere). But they are boring. And make me think of reception desks.
Pick what you like.
There are a lot of interesting varieties that you can get from flower markets (above: Dendrophylax lindenii, Oncidium, Caleana) When choosing any orchid, it’s best to buy one that has more buds than blooms. Once the blooms go, the flowering cycle is over and you have to wait the 6 months to 7 years it takes to flower again.
So the trick is knowing how to care for the type of orchid you choose.
Like all plants, different varieties require different care. Ask the vendor how the variety you’ve chosen should be cared for: does it want to dry out between waterings, or does it want to stay moist?
She’s kindof high-maintenance.
Keep orchids away from radiators and air vents, as it will dry them out. You need a good amount of light, so in the winter months put your orchid in front of a mirror as the reflection will replicate light. Look for loose potting mix designed for orchids, not potting soil. And if the roots are sprouting out and don’t want to be in the pot, don’t force them back in!
Most varieties of orchids only need to be watered every 5-7 days.
Be sure and feel for dryness (based on the advice from your flower guy!) When you are ready to water, placing an ice cube in the potting mix and letting it melt is a good way to keep your watering level in check.
Need some flowering advice? Send in your questions for Taylor to Garden@SousStyle.com!