to add a few orchids to your own homeís decor?
you do, make sure you choose a type that will thrive in
the conditions where you want to display it, said
Cynthia Druckenbrod, Cleveland Botanical Gardenís vice
president of horticulture and its resident orchid
recommends beginners start with a moth orchid, or
phalaenopsis. It likes indirect light and will thrive a
long time with proper care, she said.
orchids are fairly hardy and easy to care for,
Druckenbrod said, but overwatering can harm them.
"Itís so easy to love an orchid to death" by
giving it too much water, she said.
suggests watering by simply placing three ice cubes in
the pot each week. Besides limiting the amount of water
the plant gets, the ice also provides a little shock of
cold that Druckenbrod said she believes helps the plant
retain its flower spikes and eventually rebloom.
the plant finishes blooming, cut off the flower stem if
it gets yellow and dies back, making the cut where the
stem goes from yellow to green. If the stem stays green,
leave it alone.
recommends giving the plant about a year to rebloom. If
it doesnít, youíre probably better off replacing it.