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After Bloom Care For Orchids

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Orchids are at their most beautiful when they are in bloom, but unfortunately it doesn’t last forever and after bloom care for orchids. The main issues to be concerned with are, how do you care for the orchid once its bloomed, and how do you make sure it blooms again… Once the bloom has passed on cut the flower stalk about one inch from the base with a sharp knife or pair of scissors. Some people are concerned with disease at this point, if you like feel free to treat the cut section with some rubbing alcohol. Many think that cutting the stalk this low is a mistake but this will ensure that the next bloom is as close as possible to the first in size and beauty.

The next step is to evaluate the root system. To do this I will always remove the plant from its pot to make sure it is still moving along and is healthy. No good blooms will come from a plant with a troubled root system. The roots need to be healthy so make sure everything looks ok and the orchid is taking on water. Without this you will get minimal blooms. So remove the plant from the pot. Look real close. If you find black or brown mushy root, remove them – all of them. If the roots are white, off-white and green you are okay… as is the plant.

There’s no telling how long the plant has been in that mix so it would be a good time to repot. As for the green-gray external roots hanging out of the pot, tuck them inside the pot. If they are too long for the pot, trim them down to size. For future reference, external roots are not necessarily indicative of a plant that needs repotting, but rather simply the nature of the plant. Once you get to this stage, simply take care of your orchid as you normally would and wait until it blooms again and simply enjoy the beauty.

Fresh Cut Flowers Are Always Special

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

A Chinese proverb says when you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one and a lily with the other. Flowers are the best creation of nature. Associated with beauty they have a lot of significance both in literature and in religion. Fresh cut flowers are considered to be auspicious in every religion. It is offered as an offering to god. They are also used in various other ways. They are used for decorations, used as ornaments by women. They are also used in decorating food items especially wedding cakes. Blossoms like lavender, rose, marigold and day lilies are used for this purpose. A list the beauty and uses of fresh cut flowers would be large indeed.

In ancient times fresh cut flowers were used by women as ornaments. They used them in garlands for beautification. Fresh cut flowers are beautiful to see and equally easy to maintain. It is always pleasant to see beautiful blooms at your home. Many options are available for decorating your house. Out of the countless varieties available some common ones to decorate your house with can be Daffodils, Roses, Lilies, Sunflower, Tulips and Zinnia. But again it is very depressing to see your favorite blossoms die in front of your eyes. So you need to take good care of them. There is nothing to worry about. It is very easy to preserve fresh cut flowers.

For preserving your blossoms you can simply follow a few rules. Always ensure that you get them early in the morning. The morning dew leaves them fresh. Have a nice, big vase to keep them, this way they get enough space to grow. Have your flowers nicely trimmed. To preserve them longer use 2 ounces of mouthwash solution to each gallon of water you will use in your vase. Don’t make the stems too short. Make them 1-2 inches short from the stem at a 45 degree angle. Don’t keep them near ripe fruits or direct sunlight. Ripe fruits release chemicals that wither them faster. Try to move them to a cooler place at night.