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Updated on January 16, 2013

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Orchids!

Orchids are a beautiful and delicate plant; they make a beautiful edition to any household. Some varities need a lot of care, but thanks to new hybrid varieties (i.e. "Just Add Ice", Moth Orchids, etc.) taking care of orchids has become easier and more affordable!

The Basics

Before buying an orchid here are some things you need to consider:

1. What variety is being sold?

- There are many different orchid hybrids out there, each needs its own specific care, so be sure to read the care instructions!

2. How much time do you have to devote to them.

- "Just Add Ice" orchids are the least time - consuming variety, just as their namesake says, you literally just add ice once a week to the orchid to keep it alive.

3. Do you have the right space for one.

- Orchids, like all plants, require sunlight. However, direct sunlight can permanently burn the orchids leaves. Make sure you have a space indoors that recieves indirect sunlight.

Do you own an orchid?

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So Your Orchid Stops Blooming...

1. This could be happening because of a nutritional deficiency, try repotting or fertilizing your orchid.

2. Another reason this might be happening is over - watering. If the orchid is sitting in water, the roots will begin to rot.

3. Check to see if the leaves are burnt. Orchids cannot take direct sunlight, this will cause their leaves to permanently burn and overexposure could lead to the orchids death.

I cannot stress how beneficial it is to repot your orchid once a year.

Great YouTube Video(s)

This is a great video showing how to repot orchids. Repotting once a year can be extremely beneficial to orchids and will promote healthy growth and prettier flowers.

What is your favorite orchid color?

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      jseven lm 

      6 years ago

      Very lovely flowers!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      Orchids are one of my favorite flowers! My husband brought home a "just add ice" orchid for me several months ago and I love it.

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      Rose Jones 

      6 years ago

      Orchids are so beautiful. When I was in Edmonton, AB there was a beautiful indoor botanical garden. I will never forget all the orchids they planted one year - stunning. What amazed me is that they could grow without soil.

    • missyjanette profile image


      6 years ago

      they are beautiful!

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      6 years ago

      Orchids are so pretty! One of my most favorite flowers.

    • queenofduvetcover profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice lens on orchids =)

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      we had orchids in the philippines but now i don't have any. my girlfriend has lots of them and they are all blooming. she told me her secrets but i won't tell them here.

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      6 years ago

      I remember when we visited the orchid farms in Thailand, very beautiful flowers.

    • Lauriej1 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @rob-hemphill: I have always wanted to visit Ireland; I was not aware orchids grew wild there, thanks for the info! :)

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      Rob Hemphill 

      6 years ago from Ireland

      I love to photograph orchids close up, as they have such beautiful, delicate and distinctive markings. We have some lovely ones growing in the wild amongst the rock crevices, in a special area in the west of Ireland, called The Burren

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      6 years ago

      I love anything to do with orchids as they remind me of my dad who passed years ago. I need to check out this ice cube orchid! Thanks for great orchid info.

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      hessa johnson 

      6 years ago

      I had an orchid and it wasn't as difficult to grow as I had thought it would be. Lovely lens!

    • Lauriej1 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @mlt89: They really are beautiful and exotic plants! :)

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      6 years ago

      beautiful lens and beautiful Orchids.

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      6 years ago

      Love your lens - my partner loves to grow orchids :)

    • Lauriej1 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hahaha! The "Just Add Ice" orchids are the easiest to grow and are my favorite variety. You literally add two ice cubes every week and you're done! :D

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      6 years ago

      I love Orchids. My sister-in-law is great at growing them, I'm not. :)

    • Lauriej1 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @Rangoon House: Thank you! I have 5 orchids, myself; I always get compliments on them when I have company over! :)

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      6 years ago from Australia

      I have three blooming orchids at the moment and always try to have them inside my house as well as in the garden. Just love them and this lens.

    • DeannaDiaz profile image


      6 years ago

      I love your lens! I am in the Dominican Republic and its home to many types of wild orchids, lovely flowers!


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