Orchids have become valentine favorites, both as potted plants and as cut flowers. Potted plants, however, can inspire worries about their care. Cut orchid flowers have the same beauty and elegance without the worry. As cut flowers, orchids make the perfect valentine gift.
Phals, Cattleyas, Cymbidiums, Dendrobiums, Oncidiums, and Paphs are often sold as cut flowers. Many types have sturdy blooms which can last for weeks. Fragrant Cattleyas and Oncidiums can even keep their scents after they’re cut.
When buying cut flowers, blossoms should appear fresh. If they’re already brown or wilted, they won’t live much longer. Closed buds should eventually open unless they are too small. Even if they do not mature and open, they still add interest to the display.
Follow these tips to help cut flowers last longer:
- Once at home, re-cut the flower stems. Make clean, angled cuts to take one half inch (1.3 cm) off the bottoms.
- Place them in a vase with lukewarm water.
- Blooms last longest in clean water, so change it every other day. Remove any leaves or flowers which are submerged.
- Keep the vase in a cool area out of direct sun.
- Orchids don’t like dry air, so it helps to have high humidity.
- There’s no need to add fertilizer.
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