The Orchid: in the Flower Agenda

The Orchid: in the Flower Agenda header

Let’s head towards the end of the year in style! It’s all about the classy orchid. Its elegant beauty symbolises pure friendship. Surprise your family or friends with this colourful flower’s many styling possibilities.

The orchid’s origin

You never ask a lady her age, so no one can say how old the stylish beauties in the world’s second-largest family of plants are. What we do know is that many of the orchid’s fabulous colours and shapes originate from the tropical rainforest. The various species grow there as epiphytes in the trees, on branches or twigs with their roots in the air. The orchids that can now be bought in your shop as cut flowers have been developed from these natural species.

The orchid’s colours and shapes

The orchid fits with every style, so this beauty deserves the title of the Perfect Flower. There are more than 25,000 species and the flower comes in impressive colours, from powder pastels to candy pink or Zen white. There are even tiger prints, cow spots and stripes.
Use the butterfly-like Phalaenopsis, the vampy Vanda, the slender Cymbidium or the Venus slipper Paphiopedilum (pronounced ‘pa-fee-oh-ped-il-um’). They’re all just beautiful as their names suggest. Many species also come in various sizes, from mini flowers to gigantic.
 
Care tips 
Help to enjoy the orchids for a long time by giving them the following tips for a long vase life:

  •  Select a clean vase or floral tube and fill it with tap water at room temperature.
  •  Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life.
  • Only trim 0.5 to 1 cm off the smaller flowers.secateurss diagonally by 3 to 5 cm with a sharp and clean knife or Cut or trim the stem in full sun or near central heating.    
  • Do not place orchids in a draught
  • Orchids are not very thirsty, but do top the vase or tubes up with tap water regularly!
  • Don’t touch the delicate interior of the flower - the lip - in order to prevent it from wilting rapidly.
  • Don’t place orchids near a fruit bowl. Fruit emits ethylene gas that will cause orchids to age more rapidly. They are very sensitive to it.

Orchid symbolism

The orchid symbolises pure friendship. When Brazilians give it as a gift, they give a kiss for each flower. In India the blue Vanda symbolises peace, and in China the Cymbidium represents friendship. The orchid was First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s favourite flower. Talk about stylish…

 

Photo credits:  • Flowers:  Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk   • Plants: Thejoyofplants.co.uk