I have an obsession with orchids and always have, especially when it comes to decorating around my home. There are so many creative containers and ways to decorate with real or silk orchids that inspire me so much and now that I have a new found trick for keeping them alive, I just can’t get enough. Just look at all of these amazing ideas and possibilities:
Orchids planted in large bowls or metal buckets
plant orchids in a clam shell
plant in metal low-bowls
plant in wine chillers/punch bowl
planted in wood boxes
Square serving bowls or candle holders
As you can see, the possibilities are endless. Back in March, I shared a tutorial for how to creatively plant silk orchids to look real because at that point, I had sworn off real orchids because I just killed them. However, a few months ago, I found this site called ProFlowers that had a the best trick for how to grow orchids and it really works. I have been keeping two small orchids alive (they even re-bloomed) by slipping in ice cubes mixed with water and orchid plant food once a week like this:
You can read all about what you need to make the cubes and there is a video here on ProFlowers if you want to learn more about it. Hallelujah! If I can finally grow orchids, anyone can!
So now that I know the trick and know that I can finally keep them alive, I have started to plant real ones around my home and over the weekend, I found this gorgeous white urchin ceramic low bowl from Lowe’s for $14.98:
I turned and adjusted each orchid plant until all of the flowers were balanced and facing forward. I then added some rocks inside the planter to hold the containers in place. Adding and layering sheet moss to the top of the plants themselves (be sure and pull out the green stems/leaves), will hid the containers:
Another trick for potting orchids is to add small moss boss to the top of the moss just for added interest:
I went on the hunt to find similar containers to those in all of the inspiration pictures to give you even more creative ideas for your own home. Just click on the item to go right to the item on Amazon:
I didn’t mean to write a novel today but can you tell I’m a little excited and inspired? I can’t tell you how badly I have wanted to stop killing orchids and if you too have black thumb issues, I promise, if you follow the instructions above with the ice cubes, you’ll be able to keep them alive and even re-blooming.
Thanks for stopping by today friends!
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Ellen from Ask Away says
Wow thank u so much for the info I have been wanting to try stuff out with orchids for so long! yay so glad i read this !
XO Ellen from Ask Away
Lisa @ Shine Your Light says
Cyndy! You might actually get me to buy another live orchid again after reading the tip that has given you success!! I love orchids but they are so temperamental and I can never get them to rebloom. I will give them a go again – yours is so beautiful!! Thanks for the tip!
Judy Pimperl says
I’m so glad I stopped to read this post! I always kill orchids, too, so I will have to try this trick. Thanks for sharing a whole lotta orchid gorgeousness!
You have given me hope! I will definitely be trying this idea, not to mention passing it along with orchids as gifts! Thanks a bunch!
Thanks for passing on that tip! I’m crazy for orchids too, but I find it impossible to have them rebloom for me. I will try this tip and hope for the best. I have a little tip to share….it looks really nice when you get rid of the little “butterfly” clips (that most orchids come with to attach the stem to a support post) and wrap some raffia around the stem and post several times, tie it in a knot, and trim the ends somewhat short. If you want to get fancy, place some moss under the raffia! I reuse the “butterfly” clips to help keep my bougainvillea vines attached to their wire trellis outside in the garden. Good luck with your orchids!
Did you just place the orchids in their original containers and decorate around them or did you plant them in you containers?
Valarie Evans says
I found your beautiful and informative site, looking for a way to use the many crystal bowls and biscuit jars received from wedding guests. Nearly two dozen in total. I feared live orchids because the specter of the black thumb hangs over my family when it comes to growing things. Numerous dead cacti have been left in our wake! You have given me hope. Wish me luck!
Mary Maslin says
You can continue with your plant success by watering with the same amount of water on the same schedule but without icing your plants which are actually very sensitive to cold. Orchids are wonderful and not nearly as difficult as we often believe!