Dendrobium: the orchid that flowers like a mini tree

Green foliage, full of flowers: Dendrobium feels quite different from the rest of the orchid family. Stately with a crown of flowers that rises upwards, Dendrobium is very distinctive.

 

Colours and shapes

It differs from other orchid species with its clusters of flowers that form at the axil of each leaf and which give off a lovely fragrance. The unusual way of flowering on the stem means Dendrobium looks very different from most orchids. The plant blooms for at least 8 weeks a year with sizeable flowers which are five to eight centimetres wide. The colour varies from entirely white through yellow and orange to red and purple and combinations of those colours.

 

 

Symbolism

The name comes from the Greek word ‘dendron’ meaning ‘tree’ and ‘bios’ meaning ‘life’. Many Dendrobium species are known for being good at removing chemicals like toluene and xylene from the air. They are therefore viewed as natural air conditioners.

Read also: This is how special exclusive orchids are

 

Origin

In the wild, this orchid occurs from the cool mountains of the Himalayas to the jungle of New Guinea and the Australian desert, usually on branches of trees as an epiphyte (which means that they grow on other plants and trees without drawing nutrients from them). It’s a strong plant which can tolerate hot days and cold nights. There are around 1200 different species of Dendrobium. The earliest mention of the orchid in the West was in  1799, in a description by Olof Schwartz.

 

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Care tips:

  • Position: preferably a light spot, but no direct sunlight.
  • Immerse the pot for half an hour with a small dose of orchid food once every 10 to 14 days, then leave to drain thoroughly.
  • If the air indoors is very dry, e.g. because of central heating, it’s best to mist an orchid’s buds every day. This prevents them from drying out and not opening.
  • The orchid will keep looking its best with some ‘benign neglect’. Remove wilted flowers, but otherwise leave the plant alone.
  • Dendrobium is known to flower again if you can be patient for a couple of months.

 

Source: Thejoyofplants.co.uk

DIY: scented sticks with Cambria and tuberose

Are you ready for compliments on the way your home smells? With this DIY scented sticks with Cambria and tuberose, you can bring the smell of winter into your home in 4 simple steps. This way you don’t only enjoy the lovely smells of this season outside, but also inside.

 

Scented sticks with Cambria

By making your own home fragrance and – where possible – using items and ingredients that you already have at home, you are not only being creative but also environmentally aware! How convenient, because a ‘green’ mindset is key this season.

 

Also read: DIY: Gift wrapping with orchids

 

 

What you need (for 100 ml)

  • Tuberose
  • Cambria
  • 50 ml unscented (baby) oil. You can also use almond oil.
  • 30 ml of 70% alcohol
  • Optional: 20 ml organic, pure essential oil*.
  • A jar or small vase (where you can put the scented sticks)
  • Bamboo sticks or skewers
  • Measuring cup
  • Bottle with cap (for mixing the fragrance)

*Think of fragrances such as cedar, cinnamon, patchouli, pine, vanilla, mandarin and clove. If you have pets, ensure they don’t ingest any of the essential oils as they can be harmful.

How to make it

Step 1

Pour 50 ml of unscented oil, 30 ml of alcohol and 20 ml of essential oil into the bottle in which you are going to mix the perfume. Screw the cap tightly on the bottle and shake the bottle gently so that the liquids mix together.

Step 2

Carefully cut a few flowers off the tuberose and Cambria and put them in the pot or vase. You can also add other flowers, as you wish.

Step 3

Pour the liquid mixture from the bottle on top of the flowers in the pot or vase. Put the sticks in.

Step 4

You will need to be patient for about an hour to be able to smell the scent properly, and then… enjoy! Ideal as a night perfume for your bedside table, or for the smallest room in the house. Tip: don’t forget to replace the scented sticks regularly to keep the fragrance as fresh as possible.

 

 

Source: Thejoyofplants.co.uk

Orchids in the bathroom for a tropical oasis of well-being

Although the bathroom is not one of the places where we spend several hours a day, it is one of the most important rooms in the house. This is where we start the day in the morning and this is where we spend the last minutes before going to bed every evening; we refresh ourselves under the shower or relax in a soothing bubble bath, come to rest and deal with ourselves. In the bathroom, the atmosphere should always be as pleasant as possible, serving our well-being and relaxation. But how do you create the spaces in these tiled and mostly functional spaces? Read this article to learn more about orchids in the bathroom for an oasis of well-being.

 

 

Orchids in the bathroom for a tropical oasis of well-being

Studies in recent years have shown that people are particularly good at reducing tension and regenerating faster when they look at plants. So what could be more obvious than decorating with natural green? Orchids, for example, are ideal for the bathroom! With their spectacular flowers, they bring color, elegance and exoticism into the room at the same time.

 

Read also: How to brighten up your home office with orchids: 3 ideas

 

High humidity and warmth are no problem

With over 25,000 species, orchids belong to the largest family in the plant kingdom. It is thanks to breeding successes that we can now decorate our homes with numerous of these beauties. Since most are originally native to tropical rainforests, they do well with bathrooms’ warmth and increased humidity. Another advantage: they like it bright, but don’t necessarily have to stand on the windowsill. This way you can give them a place in the bathroom where they look beautiful, while the bathroom window can remain free for regular airing.

 

 

The fact that there is relatively little space in many bathrooms is not a problem for orchids. They are about ten centimeters high, rising to about 45 centimeters. Orchids grow in a relatively small pot and do not grow particularly large. So even in the small bathrooms, they fit fine. Even with the smallest orchid, you will have an exotic flower bouquet for months. You could say: orchids transform any bathroom into an oasis of well-being!

 

Read also: How to create an orchid jungle

This is how special exclusive orchids are

To give credit where credit’s due: within the Orchidaceae family, Phalaenopsis is the original trailblazer that introduced the public to the exotic beauty of orchids. However, this family of plants includes many other fabulous bloomers, all equally easy to care for and just as charismatic – and those exclusive undiscovered treasures deserve to be better known. Not least because they fit so well into the current interior trends for a bit of mystery and supernaturally beautiful shapes. Read on to know more about exclusive orchids.

 

Origin of exclusive orchids

Orchids are herbaceous perennial plants and occur in the wild almost everywhere in the world, in both warmer and cooler regions, although 85% come from the tropics and subtropics. An orchid flower can be easily distinguished from other flowers. It is made up of three sepals and three petals. The middle petal has a different shape, is somewhat larger and is called the lip. That lip serves as a kind of platform for insects to easily reach the heart of the flower. The heart contains the pollen cluster, also called the stamen. All plants in the orchid family have the same flower structure.

 

Photo: Thejoyofplants.co.uk

 

Exclusive orchids & cultivation

Orchids make up one of the largest plant families. There are more than 25,000 known species, and new ones are still being discovered regularly. In warmer regions such as the tropical rainforest orchids often grow on trees, branches or twigs with their roots in the air. These are called epiphytic orchids. Epiphytes are plants that grow on something without drawing nutrients from it. For cultivated specimens, this means that they need little water and are grown on special airy potting mixtures. This replicates nature as closely as possible.

 

 

Choice of orchids

A wide variety of species and cultivars is available. An alphabetical list of the most exclusive orchids and their characteristics is given below.

 

Brassia

The narrow, slightly curling ribbon leaves and the bizarre structure make Brassia a very unusual orchid. The plant has curved stems with 10 to 15 greenish flowers with a diameter of 15 to 20 cm. The flowers themselves have blackish-purple spots, and the white lips have distinctive green patches. This extra-terrestrial appearance makes Brassia a very eye-catching orchid. The long ribbon-like flowers have earned it the nickname ‘spider orchid’. Despite its exotic appearance, the beautifully scented Brassia does well in a living room. Read more about Brassia (Cambria-like).

 

Photo: Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk

 

Cattleya

Cattleya is a distinctive houseplant with a pseudobulb on which there are just a couple of thick leaves. There are large and small-flowered Cattleyas: the small-flowered species have more flowers per stem than the large-flowered ones. The flowers are usually ten to twenty centimetres in diameter, and range in colour from white through yellow, orange, green, pink, and purple to fabulous pastels. Some are beautifully scented, which has earned Cattleya the nickname ‘Queen of the Orchids’. Read more about Cattleya.

 

Photo: Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk

 

Dendrobium

Stately with a crown of flowers that rises upwards, Dendrobium is very distinctive. It differs from other orchid species with its clusters of flowers that form at the axil of each leaf and which give off a lovely fragrance. The unusual way of flowering on the stem means Dendrobium looks very different from most orchids. The plant blooms for at least 8 weeks a year with sizeable flowers which are five to eight centimetres wide. The colour varies from entirely white through yellow and orange to red and purple and combinations of those colours. Read more about Dendrobiums.

 

Photo: Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk

 

Paphiopedilum

There is no other orchid as magnificent as Paphiopedilum. The plant is also known as the Venus slipper, and has an eye-catching lip, slender stem and sweeping petals that seem to have sprung straight from a fairytale. The orchid has tall, attractive green foliage, which means that this plant is very pleasant to look at even without flowers. However, the flowers are certainly worth it: russet, yellow or green, with attractive markings and an elegant voluptuous shape. Read more about Paphiopedilum. Read more about Paphiopedilum.

 

Photo: Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk

 

Zygopetalum

Purple, brown, green, flaming, sometimes a leopard print and always a full, beautifully marked lip – there’s lots going on with Zygopetalum. What makes this orchid eye-catching is that at first glance it appears to be two different flowers. The crown consists of five brown and green petals which can be either pointy or round. Emerging from this is a luxuriant lip, usually white and purple. In the jungle it offers excellent camouflage, but in the living room it actually stands out even more. Read more about the Zygopetalum.

 

Photo: Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk

 

Read also: How to make orchids rebloom again?

 

Source: Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk.

How to brighten up your home office with orchids: 3 ideas

Plants are not only beautiful, they boost your concentration too. So they’re ideal for your home office! Does your workspace only consist of a desk and a chair? Then it’s time to make for a make-over! In this article we will share 3 tips that will not only boost your inspiration but also your concentration.

Brighten up your home office with orchids

Houseplants can help purify the air, provide more concentration, focus and productivity. They’re a must for a home office!

A Scandinavian home office

Currently, a Scandinavian home office style is very popular. And since this mainly consists of a lot of natural light, soft colours and natural materials, it’s not strange at all. Because a calm environment ensures that you can get to work without distractions. In addition, with such a calm base you can easily add a colour or item that makes you happy. For example an orchid in your favorite colour!

 

A plant shelf

Whether you have a separate room as a home office or a small desk in the living room or bedroom: plants come in all shapes and sizes. So there’s always something that fits! For example, hang a shelf above your desk and fill it with orchids. Not only does this look cool, it’s also beneficial for your health. Because the more greenery in the house, the better the air quality!

 

 

No room for a shelf full of plants? Then hang a few plants with a plant hanger.

 

 

Use orchids as a room divider

Do you share your home office with someone else or is your desk placed in the living room? Then use a large plant or place a number of orchids together as a room divider. This way you divide a room in two and you have a little more privacy. The leaves still let in enough daylight, so it won’t get harsh.

 

 

Also read: How to create an orchid jungle

How to create an orchid jungle

Fortunately, the time of only one plant in the windowsill is over. When it comes to plants, ‘the more the better’ applies. And that’s why we’re creating an orchid jungle! A collection of multiple species, that create a burst of colour in the heart of your lush green home! Read on to get inspired.

Create an orchid jungle

In an orchid jungle, the best-looking orchids are grouped together. It’s ideal for homes with little or no outdoor space. This way you simply bring nature inside! And you can go in all directions. Opt for one colour or species, or mix and match different ones. Bundle a few together into one large pot, or style several plants next to one another. And by working with different heights, you can create a playful effect. For example, by using a wooden stool, the windowsill and a plant hanger.

Also read: DIY: plant arrangement with orchids

 

Zo creëer je een orchideeënjungle

 

Also read: What should you not do with an orchid? 4 tips

 

 

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Orchids in your bathroom: the perfect spot!

Placing orchids in your bathroom is not a common occurrence but as the orchid is originally from the tropics of the rainforest, it actually prefers to live in a moist environment. As long as the orchid has access to some natural light, you will have a bloomin’ good orchid to brighten up your bathroom. Here are some tips on how to do it best:

Create a tranquil oasis

The bathroom is renowned as a place of relaxation and the fewer objects in it the better. Keep it simple with a touch of colour to create small bursts of energy. Placing Phalaenopsis orchids in your bathroom on the side of the sink is a simple way of creating a tranquil oasis as it requires minimal styling. It adds a touch of colour to a neutral colour scheme!

 

Orchids in your bathroom: the perfect spot!

Photo: Anthura

 

Try that rustic edge

Planting your orchid in a straw basket can create a stylish yet warm look in your bathroom. The Phalaenopsis lends itself to this style perfectly due to its stunning shades of purple and yellow.

 

 

Read also: How to keep your orchid in perfect condition!

However, if you would prefer to try something a little more extravagant why not hang your orchids? A Vanda is a perfect variety to create a display of hanging orchids as the plant has aerial roots. With an iron wire as a suspension system, you can create a stylish yet rustic orchid arrangement.

 

Orchids in your bathroom: the perfect spot!

 

A hint of romance

Adding a hint of romance to your bathroom is extremely easy once you know which orchids to choose. Chose a pastel-coloured pot and include an elegant, pink Phalaenopsis – this combination oozes romance. If your bathroom is dark, combine a pot with a Phalaenopsis in rich purple, the most romantic colour of the year.

 

More inspiration? Read also: The style trends for 2023 in the field of flowers and houseplants

Les tendances 2023 dans le domaine de l’intérieur, des fleurs et des plantes

The style trends for 2023 in the field of flowers and houseplants

Curious about next year’s trends? The Flower Council Holland has developed four style trends for 2023, together with Tuinbranche Nederland, iBulb, INretail and Bureau Nijman + Van Haaster. All four are based on the current zeitgeist, but are all different. Read on and get inspired by these style trends for 2023!

 

The style trends for 2023

Ode to Nature

Within Ode to Nature it seems as if nature invades and takes over our interior. The used materials are natural – such as rattan, clay, wood, natural stone -, recycled and/or environmentally conscious. The shapes are organic, robust and whimsical. For example, we see many rock, stone and boulder shapes or shapes that appear to be handmade. Used designs are natural structures, reliefs, whimsical stripes and gradient or overflow effects. In terms of colour, expect brown, green and soft, natural tones in the interior.

 

 

The flowers and plants within this trend are whimsical and natural in shape and are also used in that way. Outdoors, nature is given free rein too, with organic and whimsical shapes. Gardens take on a wild character, with winding semi-paved paths and wild borders. The use of many different plants and flowers stimulates biodiversity. Balconies are also vibrant green, with an abundance of plants, horizontally and vertically.

 

De stijltrends voor 2023 op het gebied van interieur, bloemen en planten

 

Vintage Folklore

Vintage Folklore is about diversity and the longevity of a product. Don’t just throw something away, but repair it with love. This leads to an interior with influences from the 1970s, from rural folklore, handicrafts, and fine floral designs, but also composite products, broken and broken shapes as if they were glued together.

 

 

The result is a personal interior with a warm, inviting appearance. Think of soft furniture with round shapes, coloured wall plates and patchwork. Bouquets are colourful and wild, with dried flower details. Plants are everywhere.

 

De stijltrends voor 2023 op het gebied van interieur, bloemen en planten

 

Within Vintage Folklore there are many materials with a nod to the 1970s. Jersey, bouclé, corduroy, textiles, crochet and knitting, veneer, tiles and ceramics are examples of this. The colours in this trend are cheerful and diverse, and don’t seem to match at first glance. Expect a colourful palette with natural and bright tones and pastels in addition to dark colours.

 

 

Outside we see a garden that arises more or less spontaneously through the use of elements that happen to be available. This ensures a creative garden or balcony full of beautiful recycled finds, in which everyone is welcome and everything is possible. You will find colourful garden furniture, patterned partitions and a cosy collection of plant pots.

 

Layered Spaces

Nowadays we are living smaller and smaller, while at the same time we want to combine more functions in our house. This creates a certain layering, with multifunctional furniture and room dividers. For example, rooms are conveniently transformed by small adjustments, so that, for example, a workspace is created. By playing with effects you get the feeling that there is more space than there actually is. We come across flowers and plants in unexpected places, such as in the toilet. Bouquets are arranged in layers and you also need to be able to easily ‘stack’ or move plants.

 

 

The contrast is reflected in the colour chart too. We recognize warm/cold, light/dark and bright/pastel. By using colours that come towards you or increasing the distance, you create the spatial effect that is central to this trend.

 

 

In the garden, we see spaciousness too. There are many different corners, and indoor and outdoor spaces seem to merge into one another. For example, a heavily planted interior space can feel like a garden, especially in office buildings. We use the existing space optimally with plants: think of plants on roof terraces, roofs, barns and verandas. Fences and hedges provide a bocage-like effect. Full borders make way for more transparent plants, in which colour contrast plays an important role. This also influences spatiality.

 

Collecting Memories

In a changing world, we like to surround ourselves at home with products that we recognise and that give a comforting feeling. Common materials used in this trend are ceramics, porcelain, traditional wickerwork, enamel, cane, zinc, cast iron and natural textiles, wood, cork and leather. The designs are calm and unobtrusive. They sometimes refer to nostalgic patterns such as weaving or braiding. The flower arrangements are delicate and poetic. In natural bouquets, each individual flower receives attention. Small delicate flowers and leaves with a fine structure are important elements. We also see irregularly shaped plants and plant pots, and older plants that have grown together with their environment. These give a unique look to this trend.

 

 

Colours play an important role too. Soft and dark greens offer comfort and security. Lilac and pink stand for softness, memories, and poetry. Flowers and plants complete this sense of comfort and memories.

 

 

We also find harmony and poetry in the garden. Elegant winding paths, transparent borders and intimate terraces invite you to relax for a while. Colourful garden furniture consists of nostalgic wickerwork, plants have delicate leaves and lovely flowers. We see a great diversity of flowers and plants in soft colours, for a melancholic appearance.

 

Source: Flower Council of Holland.

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