How to Grow Orchids Indoors?

Blooming orchids look so ethereal that it's hard to believe you can grow them inside your home. Provided they have proper growing conditions, it isn’t difficult to learn how to take care of orchid plants

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Caring for orchids can raise a lot of questions. We have heard a lot of the common questions, but what about the not-so-common?

Here are some uncommon orchid care questions we've received over the years. 

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As people slowly begin to return to the office, many people may adopt a hybrid model of going into the office and continuing to work from home a few days a week. As you spend more time at home, it’s only natural to want to update or change your surroundings.

Summer allows us to add some of 2021’s interior design trends that will make each living space feel brand new. Here are five of our favorites.

Can I Take My Orchid Outside in the Summer?

Who doesn’t love spending a little time outdoors during the summer? Deeply inhaling fresh air and enjoying the greenery of the season is an instant mood amplifier. It really makes you wonder, “Wouldn’t my orchid enjoy the summer weather too?”

Yes, your indoor orchids can be outside. However, there are certain questions you should first answer to ensure your plant’s trip outside won’t be its last.

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With summer on the horizon, now is the perfect time to get your kids or grandkids involved in gardening — outdoors or indoors. Gardening with kids not only helps them learn about plants, but it also helps them engage their senses, develop motor skills and learn responsibility.

There is no shortage of plants that are fun to grow with kids, but these five plants for kids are our favorites.

Low-Maintenance, Pet-Friendly Plants for Your Home

There are lots of things to take into consideration when choosing a new plant for your home — space, lighting, temperature, care... or maybe you’re just an impulse buyer (we’re not judging!) and you’ll figure it out later. If you’re a pet parent, one thing you definitely need to take into account is whether your plant is pet-safe.

When you love your fur babies and your plants, it’s important to pick houseplants that serve the best of both worlds. Here are a few of our favorites.

Mother's Day Plants for Mom

Finding the perfect gift for mom can be a daunting task. Instead of buying her another trinket that will ultimately collect dust on her shelf, why not buy her a plant that will bring her joy for months?

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Earth Day is a great way to get your kids involved in a project or kick off a community service initiative at your workplace.

First held on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was created as a day to bring attention to environmental issues and encourage people to be more intentional about caring for our planet.

Not sure how to celebrate Earth Day? Here are a few ideas.

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When most people see an orchid, they think of a tropical paradise where this exotic flower grows. When Mike and Faith Young see orchids, they think of their daughter.

April 16 is National Orchid Day, a holiday the South Carolina couple created in 2015 as a way to remember their daughter, Orchid Faith. Although Orchid Faith left this world shortly after entering it, her memory lives on through National Orchid Day.

Here’s a look at how National Orchid Day came to be and how it’s celebrated today.

Why More People Are Loading Their Homes with Houseplants

Houseplants are having a breakout moment among Millennials and Gen Z. And while houseplants and indoor gardening aren’t new concepts, plant retailers everywhere saw a big boom in sales in 2020. Why are more people making the leap into plant parenthood? Because plants are amazing, of course!

Threats Orchids Face in the Spring

Spring is the time of year when orchids thrive. In many regions, increased sunlight and higher humidity can make maintaining orchid health even easier. However, spring comes with its own unique threats to orchid health.

Here are four springtime threats to orchid health and how you can keep yours lush and happy.

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Lilies are the traditional Easter flower, but nothing about these last two Easters has been traditional… so why not turn it up a notch? Orchids feature a delicate beauty and longevity unrivaled by other holiday plants. Plus, they rebloom again and again with proper care.

How to Remove a Dead Money Tree Trunk

Money trees plants are just that — trees. These miniature trees are extremely adaptable to most growing environments and are easy to care for. However, things can still go wrong. One of the main hurdles home growers face in caring for money trees is what to do when one of the stems in the braided trunk fails.

Orchid Care Between the Seasons: Transition to Spring


March is one of those months where the weather can be a bit unpredictable. Depending on where you live, winter isn’t necessarily over and spring hasn’t quite yet sprung. It’s not uncommon to have a sunny day of warm temperatures followed by a morning where you need your heavy coat. Uncertain weather and fluctuating temperatures can be hard on the health of your orchid. Here’s what you need to know to get through the time “between” seasons.

Helping Women on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is March 8. It’s a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. It also falls in line with March being Women’s History Month.

Just Add Ice Orchid Care Tips

Did your valentine make you the proud plant parent of a Just Add Ice orchid? One of the reasons people enjoy Just Add Ice orchids as a gift is because they are low-maintenance and you don't have to be a green thumb to help them thrive. 

Still, if orchid care is new to you, we've prepared some tips for successful blooms again and again. You've got this!

Come See Us at Orchids Forever at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens

Just Add Ice is a proud sponsor and partner of the 15th Annual Orchids Forever event at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. The event runs from Feb. 13 through April 11. Come see us!

Over the course of the show, thousands of orchids will fill the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s galleries, hallways and glasshouses. A socially distanced one-way path will guide visitors through the experience, which also includes sculptures, artwork and a Garden Store.

How Plants Help You Beat Winter Blues

 

If cold and snowy winter days get you down, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Battling the winter blues is more common than you think. The good news is, indoor plant care is a great way to beat the winter blues.

Researchers say the presence of potted plants can help you feel better all winter long. Studies show indoor plant care has several benefits, including lowering your blood pressure, decreasing your anxiety levels and improving your overall well-being.

In other words, indoor plants are good for your health.

So, let’s take a look at some of the ways taking care of indoor plants will not only help you beat the winter blues, but improve your health in other ways, too.

Valentine’s Day 2021 Ideas

Love is in the air, and it’s time to start thinking about how you want to spend Valentine’s Day 2021, whether it’s with the love of your life or a few of your closest friends. Planning time with your loved ones may look a little different than past years, but that doesn’t mean it has to be any less special. We’ve cooked up a few nontraditional ways to celebrate a day of love.

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Happy new year! No doubt 2020 was a tumultuous year for everyone, and simply surviving was enough of a goal. If you’re (understandably) leery of making resolutions in 2021, or maybe you’re just not the resolution-making type, we have a few suggestions to make 2021 a successful year at least in your little corner of the world.

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There are people who are harder to shop for by nature. During a year when we haven’t been able to visit them as much, it’s even harder to think of gifts for them this holiday season. We’ve created a gift guide for the people who are hard to buy for in the hopes that it helps you find that special something!

How to Practice Self-Care During the Holidays

The holidays are a hectic time, hands down. It’s typically a time where you put everyone else first, and sometimes your needs get pushed to the back burner. Searching for the perfect gift, decorating, planning meals — all of it can lead to holiday burnout and stress.

Self-care sometimes gets a bad rap as being a selfish act, but if you don’t take care of yourself, who will? Self-care isn’t selfish.

12 Days of Giveaways Starts Tomorrow: Tell Your Friends!

To get you in the holiday spirit, we’re kicking off our 12 Days of Giveaways tomorrow (12/2)!

For the next 12 days, we invite you to enter to win one of these amazing prizes.

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We’re all preparing for the holidays to look a little different this year, and Thanksgiving dinner is no exception. You may be able to gather a few of your closest friends and family, but we’re going to have to make tough calls about who not to invite this year.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still surging, it’s time to flip our Thanksgiving traditions on their heads and try a few different ways to celebrate Thanksgiving this year.

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Thanksgiving is a time of family, giving, and tradition. Although you probably look forward to seeing familiar faces and enjoying the same dishes you’ve always loved, that doesn’t mean your Thanksgiving decor has to stay the same.

If you’re looking to break tradition a little, here are some creative Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas that are sure to impress your guests!!

DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces | Orchid Centerpiece Ideas

The holiday season is almost upon us — and it is not too late to start your DIY Thanksgiving centerpieces. I know you’re probably most concerned with menus and sleeping arrangements, but don’t forget to focus on the smaller details that will make your home even more welcoming. With just a little effort, you can create an easy DIY orchid centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table that highlights the spirit of the season and makes your guests feel right at home.

Here are five ideas to try for your Thanksgiving orchid centerpieces.

2020 Holiday Trends to Try

Celebrating the holidays will be different this year, which means it’s time to find new traditions and activities that bring you joy without all the additional family members and friends. This can also be a time to reflect on all the things you’re grateful for — things we’ve admittedly taken for granted in the past.

What 2020 holiday trends are gaining popularity this year?

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In its native habitat, a money tree plant can grow up to 60 feet tall. An indoor money tree sticks to a more manageable 6 to 8 feet, which means you’ll need to repot it a few times to keep it healthy.

According to lore, money tree plants are thought to bring good luck and prosperity to their owners. They’re also popular with practitioners of feng shui because they typically sprout five leaves on each stem (five is an important number in feng shui).

To keep that luck alive, here are a few tips about when and how to repot a money tree.

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When properly cared for, your orchid plant will rebloom year after year. Has it been a minute since you got your orchid to bloom? There’s a good chance it’s in its dormant state, but if it’s been longer than six to nine months since it stopped blooming, there are seven reasons you may not have seen any new blooms.

Self-Care Activities to Try This Fall

Can you believe the end of the year is almost here? Before we get to the holiday season, let’s enjoy the splendorous sights and smells of fall with some self-care activities.

It’s important to carve a little time out of the day just for you to help maintain your mental health and physical health and well-being. Self-care isn’t selfish and researchers say it can help prevent burnout, reduce stress and even stave off illness.

So as the weather turns, start a self-care routine and take a minute or five to enjoy some of these autumn self-care activities.

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Figure out which mood color is best for you with these five facts about colors and moods.

We’re surrounded by color every day—from the natural colors of the world around us, to the colors we choose to incorporate in our home and personal style. You probably come across hundreds and hundreds of color variations each day, but the colors you spend the most time around may be having a greater impact on your mood than you realize.

That’s why it’s important to choose the colors in your home intentionally. So before you paint a big accent wall or commit to a specific couch color, consider these five interesting facts about color and mood.

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Halloween is just around the corner and although orchids aren’t necessarily the first thing that come to mind, a love of Halloween and a love of orchids don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Orchids can actually be a perfect accent or centerpiece in your Halloween décor. Whether you’re looking to add a bit more spookiness to your décor, or you’d prefer it to be one-of-a-kind, orchids are the way to go.

Include These Items in Your Breast Cancer Care Packages

It’s easy enough to find a pre-made breast cancer care package online, but we like the idea of creating a homemade, thoughtful package that speaks directly to your loved one. It’s important to provide as much support as possible through this tough journey, and including breast cancer care package items they can actually use is a big part of that.

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There are few holidays more fun to decorate for than Halloween — and why shouldn’t your potted plants get in on the fun?  Plenty of people put costumes on their pets, so it only seems natural that you might dress up your orchid for the holidays.

While the possibilities are endless, here are a few suggestions if you’re in need of inspiration.

Giving Phalaenopsis Orchid Plants as Sympathy Gifts

Sending plants as sympathy gifts is a great way to show you care. Phalaenopsis orchids are a distinctive choice for a sympathy gift, and even for a funeral service. Their inclusion in a service won’t set off anyone’s allergies, and they add a touch of elegance. Orchids will bloom in memoriam long after the passing of a loved one, serving as a sweet reminder of a loved one for years to come.

Indoor Plant Week: Get to Know Anthuriums, Orchids and Money Tree Plants

Happy National Indoor Plant Week! Typically celebrated in the third week of September, National Indoor Plant Week aims to promote and increase public awareness of the importance of plants in indoor spaces.

There are many benefits to building up your indoor houseplant collection, including air purification, stress reduction and increased happiness, to name a few.

We’re celebrating Indoor Plant Week all month by offering 25% off our planters using the code PLANTS25 at checkout (offer not valid on previous purchases).

Indoor Garden Ideas to Get You Through The Year

With summer winding down, it’s time to bring the outdoors in — especially since most of us are spending more time at home. Mid-September brings National Indoor Plant Week (Sept. 21-25, 2020), but we don’t see any reason not to celebrate all month!

Make your indoor spaces, including your home office or at-home classroom, just as lovely as the outdoors with these indoor garden ideas.

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Using orchid colors in your decor can truly transform a home. One of the best and most versatile qualities of orchids is just how many orchid colors are available. With so many colors to choose from, you won’t have to worry about struggling to find an orchid that matches your home décor. Instead, your biggest challenge is determining what color best complements your style.

Luckily, we have a few tips to help you figure it out.

Choosing the Right Orchid Décor To Transform Your Space

Orchid decor can be very versatile because orchids come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.  So when it comes to planning your décor, there are never-ending options for you to choose from. Whether your style is classic, modern or a little bit funky, there is a Phal that’ll fit perfectly anywhere in your home.

Anniversary Gift Ideas That Are Better Than Traditional Favorites

Flowers are usually a go-to anniversary gift — they’ve long been associated with romantic gestures, plus they can be picked up on the go if you’re the forgetful type. If you’re celebrating an anniversary and need a gift idea, why not give the lovebirds in your life a long-lasting orchid, anthurium or money tree? Not only are they gorgeous, but they are also easy to care for and can match any decor.

Top 6 Reasons to Buy an Orchid for a Dorm Room

Sending your child off to college can feel like one long list of items to purchase. Between bedding, school supplies and everything necessary to outfit their new dorm room, flowers might seem like the last thing on your mind. But giving your college-bound kid an orchid for their dorm room can be more than a pretty decoration!

4 Ways to Look Amazing on Your Next Zoom Call

As the country continues to largely work from home mid-pandemic, you may be looking for a way to spruce up your surroundings while you take virtual meeting after virtual meeting. Short of just turning your camera off (which is OK sometimes!), we’ve found four proven techniques to make your future Zoom calls a success.

6 Self-Care Tips for Moms

Wash the dishes, do the laundry, take the kids to school, make dinner, shop for groceries, pick up the kids, repeat. Sound familiar? Often moms are so busy taking care of other people that they forget to take care of themselves — and when they do take time for self-care, moms feel guilty or selfish. It’s time to normalize and prioritize self-care for moms.

Self-Care for Teachers is More Important Than Ever

There hasn’t been a more tumultuous start to a school year in recent history. COVID-19 dips and spikes are making it hard for administrators to plan basically anything, and the looming question is whether to send our kids back to school this fall or teach them virtually. All this uncertainty means self-care for teachers is even more important than ever.

Teaching is an intensive job, even more so in the face of a pandemic. Making sure every child’s needs are met in-person, let alone virtually, can be taxing on a teacher’s mental health. Some teachers may think taking time for self-care diminishes the time they have to spend on students, but the truth is that self-care is not selfish. When teachers are at their best, they deliver better educational experiences — it’s that simple.

Wholesale Orchids for Life’s Biggest Moments

Are you the kind of person who shops early for gifts? Go green with this year’s gifts for all occasions and shop wholesale orchids in white or multicolor. Our bulk mini orchids match any home decor and they’re low-maintenance — perfect for plant parents of all skill levels!

For the month of July, get 10% off wholesale orchids with the code WHOLESALE10 at checkout.

Phalaenopsis Orchid Outside

Putting your Phalaenopsis orchids outside for the summer adds a nice splash of color to your patio or deck. Taking care of an orchid plant outdoors is easy, but they still need the same love and attention you give them indoors — including bringing them in for the night.

5 Floral Wedding Decorations That Aren't Centerpieces

Weddings instantly make people think of beautiful flowers. But flowers don’t have to be synonymous with centerpieces! As you plan your ceremony and reception, think about different ways you can incorporate flowers into your decor. Outside of wedding bouquets and boutonnieres, anything from napkin rings to drinks can be adorned with a type of flower.

Here are five of our favorite ideas.

6 Occasions to Gift A Money Tree Plant

2020 has been a rough year, period. So when you have an occasion to give a gift, why not give one that is thought to bring luck to its owner? Money tree plants are low-maintenance, making them perfect for experienced green thumbs and beginners alike!

How To Start A Self-Care Routine

Carving out some time for yourself can be hard when you’re already running 100 miles per hour for everyone else, and especially so during times of stress. But self-care is essential to your well-being because if you aren’t well, you can’t function well.

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Phalaenopsis orchids are the perfect plant if you love the look of fresh-cut flowers but hate having to throw them out when they die a few days later. And when it comes to taking care of potted houseplants, your track record is less than stellar.

Sound familiar?

What if we told you there’s a way to get flowers that bloom for months with minimal effort? Phalaenopsis orchids are a great alternative to both fresh cut flowers and houseplants. Here are five reasons why.

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Have you been trying to find the best place to buy orchids online? It's important to know what you're looking for. Let’s face it: as convenient as online shopping can be, sometimes the product that arrives in the mail isn’t what you were expecting.