Orchids are magnificent flowers! Despite having no smell, which is the case for most orchids, they are still widely admired. Orchids kept inside the home can actually become a feature of your décor. If used for this purpose, however, you may wonder how long do orchids last growing indoors? You may also wonder the same thing if you are planning to give an orchid to someone as a gift. Orchids are indeed a great gift to give for several reasons: they live longer than a bunch of flowers, they are elegant and they look beautiful anywhere in the home.
How long do Orchids Live?
The short answer is that, given the right conditions and care, orchids can live indoors for lengthy periods of time. The exact length of time that an orchid lives, will, of course, depend on the type of orchid and the quality of the care that it is given. Let’s discuss how long orchids live under different circumstances:
Growing orchids inside the house:
Many people choose to grow orchids inside the house and they are frequently used as a decorator item. Mostly people prefer Phalaenopsis Orchids for inside the home because they don’t require a lot of effort to maintain. You just have to find the right spot in the house in accordance with the lighting conditions and ideal temperature it requires. An ideal spot is north or east-facing windowsill. You should water your orchid only once every week as your orchid needs a reasonable drying periods before it should be watered again. Cutting the orchid just right when the time to repot arrives, every year, will encourage re-blooming. If you continue to care for your orchid in this way, you will probably be the next expert who has managed to grow your orchids for years and years. Orchids are flowers that will return your small investment in effort with their long life in your home.
Care on receiving the orchids:
When you receive an orchid as a gift, store it in a cool place to extend its life-span. The ideal temperature for this purpose is 50 – 60℉. Also ensure you do not over water it as orchids do not like wet feet. Proper care of your orchid can mean that it may flower for many weeks and the plant should also continue to thrive indoors once flowering is finished.
Cutting for give-away purposes:
Orchids flowers are frequently used in weddings and ceremonies. The reason for this is because they are known to last longer than almost any other flower when cut – although, this is not true of every orchid. However there is a way to find out which orchids will live longer than others. Those that are heavy and seem waxy will live for a longer period than those that are quite delicate. To make sure every orchid that you want to include in a bouquet lives long enough, additional care and ideal living conditions have to be provided for the orchid before you cut and arrange them in corsages and bouquets. The cutting technique for every orchids varies from type to type.
Cutting for decorating in vases:
After taking good care of your orchid in the pre-bloom period with a suitable orchid fertilizer you should ensure a quality bloom. Cut this freshly bloomed orchid, with the stems, and submerge them in clean, warm water for 10-15 minutes. Take them out, cut ¼ inch off the stem and put it in a beautiful vase to complement the beauty of the orchid. Make sure the vase contains hot water with a temperature somewhere around 100℉. This trick to make your cut orchid last longer is the same for most of the orchid flower types.
You now know how to increase the life-span of an orchid in just about every possible situation. Make good use of this knowledge and be the ultimate ‘keeper’ when it comes to orchids. Good luck!