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Our first September Wreath Sale is now happening!

Monday, September 26th, 2011

For the first time ever, Calyx Flowers is offering special savings on some of our most popular preserved wreaths. Right now you can shop the September Wreath Sale and save up to 55% on sensational seasonal designs.

 We have selected wreaths to fit most any occasion. Designs like the Pomegranate Magnolia Wreath and the Love All Around Wreath are perfect for the new fall season while the Ocean Tides Wreath and the St. Thomas Wreath are wonderful additions to your coastal home. The Regal Rose Wreath is a lovely wreath that is appropriate for any special occasion. With its white and green color combination, it makes a gorgeous gift.

 But hurry, quantities are limited and the sale ends September 30th. Don’t delay, start your wreath shopping today.

Save up to 55% at our September Wreath Sale

Fresh-Cut Orchids: An Inside Look at Stylish Sprays

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
Orchid Blaze Bouquet
Our October Cover Bouquet

For those of us who like to make a strong statement when sending flowers in a stylish fashion, fresh-cut orchids are the go-to blooms. This fall Calyx Flowers is showcasing a modern selection of orchids in a wide array of unusual varieties and autumn colors.

Orchid Blaze Bouquet  graces our October catalog cover. This beautiful bouquet is a combination of three different mokara varieties alongside striking tigertail arandas. Tropical ti leaves and curly willow provide a final touch. What’s great about our bouquets is that they are available to purchase many different ways. Customers can select the “shown” look which is the bouquet with the decorative vase that we show in our catalog or on the web site. Or you may want to just send the bouquet with a glass vase and we have that too. Have too many vases at home? Order just the bouquet. We try and accommodate everyone’s desires.

Fun Orchid Fact from one of my favorite books, “Easy Orchids” – Did you know that orchids have been known to drape themselves exotically in trees and rocks? They draw their nutrients from water that falls upon their roots and from decomposing organic matter that often builds up around the roots.

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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Orchid & Tropical Grow Lights

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

A reader recently told us about a line of grow lights designed especially for orchids. These Wonderlite orchid grow lights are wide spectrum bulbs designed for orchids and other tropical plants that tend to perform poorly in standard home or office environments.

According to the manufacturer, its “spectral distribution” balances blue, red and far-red wavelengths in the visible light spectrum (440, 660 and 740 nanometers), providing more than 90% of plants’ requirements. The Wonderlite can be used in standard incandescent sockets, and is is available in two wattages: 160 or 300 watt. The 160 watt is usually placed 1-3 feet above plants, depending on the types of orchids being grown. The 300 watt is ideal for high-light demanding plants, like Vanda orchids, or high ceiling installations when the bulb must be placed further distances from plants.