Our May Plant Of The Month:
Are they flowers, plants, or both? Orchids are considered blooming plants! This month we are giving you the rundown on these beautiful, resilient plants that keep on blooming. Orchids make great indoor and outdoor decor due to their nature of easy care with a wide variety of colors. Read on to find out more and how to care for them.
Origin & Fun Facts
(so you can be the expert)
Native To: Orchids are native to regions in Asia, Australia, the Himalayas, and the Philippines but they do grow in all parts of the world now, besides Antarctica.
In The Wild: The majority of them grow in the tropics and subtropical areas as well as throughout the United States.
Species: There are 25,000-30,000 species of orchids!
Fun Fact: An orchid’s lifespan is 100 years. They are the oldest family of flowering plants and are among the same family as the asparagus (Asparagaceae). One important tip: never throw your orchid away once the blooms are gone! They will always grow back after time.
Caring is Preparing
(for the elements)
Orchids are one of the few flowering plants that prefer indirect low light. They are resilient to most conditions but should never be placed in bright direct sun, this will cause harm to their blooms and roots.
Place these beauties anywhere in your home where they will be out of direct sunlight. Don’t place them in a dark corner of a room unless it is bright, indirect light.
Place them in the shade, under a tree, in a tree, or on a patio where the sun will not burn them.
Orchids are tricky when it comes to watering. Never over-water them! They don’t like to sit in standing water, placing an ice cube underneath them will do just fine, or even misting the roots and blooms 3 times a week is sufficient. Humidity is good, excess water is not.
Signs of too much water:
Roots that soften and turn brown, or black.
Signs of too little water:
Roots that appear crisp, brittle, and brown.
Styling Your Orchids
(in the perfect location)
Orchids can be placed in pots, loose hanging boxes, or even within a succulent garden! Whichever design element fits your space, they will add a pop of color and greenery to any room. Be sure to keep them out of direct sunlight. Adding some moss or bamboo to the pot can make them stand out among other houseplants.
Orchids are resilient and their blooms always come back! Our favorite method of growing orchids outdoors is hanging from a tree, in an orchid box, or placed on driftwood outside your home. The roots will start growing around the wood and will re-bloom throughout the year, and the tree cover will keep them out of the direct sunlight.
Orchids are awesome, mainly because they are pet-friendly! We don’t recommend your pet digesting any houseplant, but at least you can feel safe placing them anywhere in your home.