Orchids now thrive in my care, but believe me, it wasn't always this way....
|An Instagram Photo taken last summer I titled, "Backyard Beauty"|
Loving Them to DeathI fell in love with Orchids many years ago...I would buy them at Home Depot or Lowes, bring them home, enjoy their beauty and then KILL THEM!
I couldn't understand why??? My Mother-in-law Darlene could grow amazing orchids but I had no luck. She told me how easy they were, but...NOT for ME!
WHY...WHY...WHY???Truth is, Orchids are EXTREMELY easy to GROW once you find WHERE they like to grow!
Location, Location, Location!Each orchid type likes a certain living condition so I have spent years moving these babies around.
Most orchids only bloom once a year so it can take a while to determine where they thrive!
I'm finally starting to figure out where they like to live at my house. (2 years later..!)
Screened in Pool Enclosure = Orchid OasisIn my neck of the woods, my screen enclosure, pool side, is an Orchid Oasis! Your results will differ from mine depending where you live in this great big WORLD. I live in Northeast Florda.
The screen provides enough UV protection so the orchids don't burn during the harsh summer months. The pool water creates constant humidity which orchids love!
Placement within the screen enclosure has determined success as well. Trial and error as they say.
Location - Attached to house within screen enclosure:
Location - Hanging within screen enclosure:
|Wirat Blue Orchid|
|Sharry Baby, Chocolate Oncidium|
These orchids enjoy the filtered sun all day long. The towering Oak trees provide slight shade throughout the day. Since they are hanging their roots get the needed air circulation to thrive. The best thing about these babies is they bloom many times during the year!
Tips I've Learned from the Experts
Don't Over Water!
"When it Doubt, Dry It Out"
That is such a great rule to live by with Orchids.
One great tip my friend Melissa taught me is to water an indoor orchid with an ice cube. It gets a nice slow water as the ice cube melts.
Enjoy a Taste of Outside ~ Inside
I don't have a place inside my home where orchids thrive, however when they bloom outside I often bring them inside for us to enjoy! The best part of an orchid is how long their blooms last! Often a month or so! AMAZING!
Newest Family MembersHere are the two orchids I bought last weekend!
Some Longtime Roommates
|Birthday Present from Dear Friend and Teaching Partner, Julie|
Nature Never Ceases to Amaze Me!I'm thrilled to be surrounded by such beauty!
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