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Meet a Member of the Calyx Flowers Team!

Friday, October 18th, 2013

 

Hi Flower Lovers,

Today we thought we’d introduce you to a member of our esteemed Calyx Flowers’ team – his name is Brian Goodhue and he is our resident marketing whiz.  Not only is Brian our number one numbers guy, he has quite a green thumb – two actually.  As you can see, he has taken good care of his Brazilian Rain Tree bonsai and it is growing quickly!  At Calyx Flowers, we not only provide flowers to our customers, but we truly love all plant life as well and like to keep our offices adorn with fresh flowers and plants when we can.  We know the number one tip to keeping our flowers blooming and our plants growing is tender love and care.  Check out our website for specific tips on your plant or flower order!  We want you to keep your beautiful gift for as long as possible.

Have a great weekend!

-Team Calyx Flowers

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Orchids

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Orchids

Most people are intimidated by the thought of owning and caring for an orchid because of their delicate and intricate appearance. Don’t be! Orchids are just like any other houseplant, all they need is water, light and a little TLC.

About Orchids:

Orchids are the largest group of flowering plants with around 30,000 species and 800 genera. Although most varieties of orchids are grown in tropical regions, like Asia, South America and Central America, they do grow in a variety of other regions, like the Arctic Circle and Patagonia as well. Because there are so many different varieties, it is sometimes hard to identify an orchid species, making it even more complicated in differentiating between the species that are endangered, and those that aren’t.

Selecting An Orchid:

In selecting an orchid for your home or office, keep in mind the conditions that you are providing for your plant. Different varities of orchids require different levels of light and temperature. If you are a first time orchid buyer, consider the phalaenopsis (or moth) orchid. It requires less light and does well in average household temperatures. Below are some other common orchid varieties to fit a variety of conditions:

Caring For Orchids:

  • Place your orchid in the appropriate light as listed above.
  • Keep your orchid evenly moist, the roots should never be dry. Water once or twice a week, but be sure that the roots are not soggy. Take the orchid out of basket or cachepot to water and drain.
  • Orchids require 40-50% humidity. Misting the leaves or placing a tray filled with rocks and a small amount of water under the orchid will help increase humidity.
  • Fertilize once a month with a balanced orchid food at ½ strength.
  • If the roots of your orchid look overcrowded in its current pot, or the pot looks too big for the plant, you will need to repot the orchid in an appropriately sized pot. Most garden stores sell specific pots for orchids. Be sure to repot your orchid in orchid-specific potting mix.

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