During the bleak winter months when I am longing for spring, I find that having orchids in the apartment provides some much needed color and beauty. Orchids are wonderful because, unlike cut flowers, they last a long time–sometimes two months or more. They are available at nearly every grocery store and home improvement store and are relatively inexpensive. I generally purchase mine at Trader Joe’s or The Home Depot, where I can pick them up for under $20. The most common type is the Phalaenopsis orchid, or moth orchid, which is most often available in shades of pink, purple, and white.
I keep the orchids in the plastic liner pots in which they are sold and place them in a decorative ceramic pot or pretty bowl or container. To hide the unattractive plastic liner pot, I cover the mouth of the decorative pot or container, surrounding the base of the plant where it emerges from the soil, with a layer of dried moss, which I purchase at Michaels. I find orchids to be low maintenance. They require only some indirect light and small amounts of water (overwatering kills them).
I keep a blue and white bowl with an orchid on my dining room table in the winter:
Below are some photos of orchids used decoratively in homes. You will notice that orchids look especially pretty in blue and white containers!
Five examples of orchids displayed in entryways:
Orchids on a dining table (four photos):
In the kitchen (three photos):
In a bathroom (orchids thrive in humidity):
Orchids on a coffee table or side table (eight photos):
Orchids on a desk (three photos):
If you are in need of a little winter pick-me-up, an orchid just might do the trick!
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