Dress Up an Orchid

Flower magazine’s Jessica Cohen shows how to transform basic supermarket orchids into gift-worthy compositions

If you are looking for an impressive gift idea or just want a simple technique for arranging orchids, you’re in luck. I will show you how to create a lasting arrangement that will continue to bloom for weeks.

Sophisticated and elegant, phalaenopsis orchids radiate beauty. They come in a variety of colors and are conveniently found in grocery stores and home centers. With just a fresh container, Spanish moss, and interesting twigs or vines you can transform your supermarket orchid. This arrangement is sure to impress and just takes minutes to create. Enjoy gifting for Mother’s Day, birthdays, or enjoy for yourself!

dress up an orchid, arranging orchids


  • Phalaenopsis orchids
  • Kiwi vine (You could also use curly willow or other visually interesting twigs or vines.)
  • Spanish moss
  • 8 x 8-inch glass cube
  • Clippers

Arranging Orchids

Watering Your Orchid

Watering orchids calls for restraint. “Most tropical orchids are epiphytic, and the quickest way to kill them is too much water,” Becky Brinkman, the Fuqua Orchid Center Manager for the Atlanta Botanical Garden reminds us. In other words, in their natural habitat, orchids live “on the surface of plants” like tree trunks and branches, and their roots are not adapted for soil. Orchids are also light feeders, so a general, all-purpose fertilizer developed at one-quarter strength every two weeks is plenty. See more orchid care tips in Growing Orchids at Home.

Produced by Jessica Cohen

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