Yellow Orchid
Yellow Orchid

When selecting orchids for display, it’s important to choose varieties that will put on a stunning visual show. Consider the following factors when making your selections:

Bloom time – Choose orchids that will be at their peak bloom during the timeframe of your display. Mix early, mid and late-season bloomers for the longest lasting exhibit.

Colour – Select orchids in a complementary or contrasting colour palette that aligns with your display goals. Monochromatic displays can have dramatic impact, while multi-coloured arrangements create vibrant energy.

Shape – Explore orchids with unique shapes that will add interest and personality to your display. Look for ruffled, spiralling and cascading blooms that will mesmerize viewers.

Fragrance – Don’t forget to factor in fragrance when planning your orchid arrangement. The intoxicating scents of orchids like Vandas, Oncidiums and Cattleyas enhance the display experience.

Some top orchid varieties to consider include Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid), Cattleya, Dendrobium, Cymbidium, Oncidium (Dancing Lady), Vanda and Paphiopedilum (Lady’s Slipper). Select plants with healthy foliage and multiple bloom spikes for the biggest floral impact. By carefully choosing your orchids, you’ll create a jaw-dropping orchid exhibition for all to admire.

Location

Decide on the location and setup – Will the display be indoors or outdoors? On a table or hanging? This will impact choices for containers and mounting. Outdoor displays need to withstand weather. Ensure the space allows for adequate air circulation around the orchids. Good airflow prevents fungus and mold growth. Consider existing lighting conditions and options for supplementing with grow lights or controlled lighting. Most orchids require bright, indirect light.

 Lighting

Orchids need 10-14 hours of lighting per day. Insufficient light will result in weak blooms or no blooms.

Bright indirect sunlight from an east or west window is ideal for most orchids. Sheer curtains can diffuse direct sun.

LED or fluorescent grow lights can supplement natural light. Position lights 6-12 inches above the orchids.

Humidity & Temperature

Ideal humidity levels for orchid displays range from 50-80%, higher for some tropical varieties. Use a humidifier if needed.

Orchids prefer daytime temperatures of 65-85°F and around 10°F cooler at night. Monitor conditions with a thermometer/hygrometer.

Maintaining your Orchids

Carefully wipe leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust. Trim any dead or damaged foliage with sterile shears. Remove spent blooms and old flower spikes. Buff leaves with a microfiber cloth to create shine.

Maintain good air circulation and cleanliness to discourage pests from taking hold.

With proper orchid care focused on consistent moisture, balanced feeding, and pest monitoring, your display orchids can thrive and look spectacular. Pay close attention to their needs for a flawless exhibit.

2 Comments

  • Marianne
    Posted 1st March 2024 10:39 am

    Hello there! This blog post could not be written much better!
    Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept preaching about this. I am going to send this information to him.
    Pretty sure he’s going to have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

    • Robyn Carpenter
      Posted 5th March 2024 10:53 am

      Hi Marianne, that’s lovely thank you so much for your comment. More blogs to come!

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