Thursday, February 7, 2013

First Orchid At GonSS

I've always thought orchids were beautiful and somewhat mysterious looking.

Lately, I've been seeing orchids everywhere.

I received a gift card from a friend for my birthday in November.  I tucked it into my billfold.  After discovering it still in my billfold mid-January, I decided to use it to purchase a small orchid plant.  

The instructions say to water with one ice cube once a week.
Place in a bright, well-lit location avoiding direct sunlight.

Do you have some orchid advice to share?

I chose this one because of the stripes on the petals and the interesting combination of yellow, orange/red and red/purple.


  1. Hi! I've never grown an orchid, so I don't have any advice, but this orchid is absolutely beautiful! Good luck with it!

  2. This is a lovely orchid. I am a novice with orchids so I don't have any tips. Enjoy is all I can say.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

  3. I have always admired orchids but never have owned one. You chose a very pretty one. Great photos you have shared. Best of luck!

  4. I am with the others. Those are pretty blooms, but I've never tried growing orchids, either. I imagine they wouldn't do well here, either, since our house does not have the best light, except for maybe our dining room, but it is pretty full of stuff.

  5. Gorgeous orchid. I LOVE it... I have never grown them, but we drive to Biltmore to see all of their orchids inside the Conservatory. WOW--do they have some beauties...

    Love yours....

  6. It is a beautiful orchid! I love orchids and currently have 11 in my house (five that are in bloom).

    I don't do the ice cube watering. Most books say that orchids like warm water. I water mine once a week - if they are dry to the touch. They do not like wet feet. Once a month I use an orchid fertilizer when I water. Also be careful of mineral build up on the bark or moss that it is planted in. Our tap water is terrible so I use bottled water.

    I keep my plants sitting by my south side windows but you can also use a grow light if you need to.

    They are really a simple plant to grow once you get the hang of it. Just be careful - they are addicting!

    Good luck!

  7. We never used to try and grow them, because although they are in my book all stunning, I assumed that they were too fussy in their needs. Now we have different ones all over the kitchen and lounge. They are all in windows, get watered sparingly, and apart from that have all flowered regularly for the last five years. My advice would be don't take too much notice of what the books say, but like the christmas/easter cactus, leave pretty much well alone and they should be fine for years. I think yours is really lovely.

  8. I've always wanted to try an orchid! So pretty! Had no idea you water them with an ice cube! Very interesting! =)

  9. Oh how lovely! I just purchased one too. LOL! Mine has met with disaster already though :)

  10. I bought seven orchids three yrs. ago. They were offered as a special from an orchid dealer. I have nursed them since then. They are so healthy looking, but haven't flowered. I've come to the conclusion that they are in the wrong I'm moving them .I've heard of the ice watering...I don't think you can do that with all orchids. Good luck with yours.

  11. It's a lovely one! I've never been lucky with orchids. They never rebloomed for me.

  12. Beautiful orchid! I have found that once they start blooming, they will continue blooming on a regular basis. It sounds like Christy has the method down that works well. I have four of them and three are quite tiny. The 4th. one though is bigger and is now forming buds again.

    LindaLee from
    CrossN' My Stitches

  13. I would like to try growing one again. I saw a pbs the other day that told more about keeping them alive, or should I say how not to kill them with too much love(water). That is a beautiful plant.

  14. A lovely orchid you have there. I've 2 that I've managed to keep alive and have them rebloom for me more than a few times. They enjoy the filtered window, they get rain water and compost tea about a Tbsp at a time once in awhile - just a sip ya know they don't like to be wet. I do put them in the sink and mist them every few days if it's hot out and I give them a through soaking about once a week in the summer - making sure to drain well.


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