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

3 ways to water your orchid

The most important step when taking care of an orchid, is watering. This can make a lot of orchid owners a little nervous as the exact amount is not specified. But there’s no need to be nervous, because we have noted three methods to guarantee that you water your orchid right. Pick the method that suits you and your orchid best!

3 ways to water your orchid

1. Bathing

If your orchid is still in its (plastic) inner pot, it’s best to bathe it. To do so, put the root ball of the orchid in a shallow bath for a short while (5-10 minutes). You can use a basin, a bucket or your sink. Leave the (plastic) inner pot in place to ensure that you don’t damage the roots. It’s also essential that the plant dries thoroughly after its bath, because orchids don’t like wet feet!

 

 

2. Dish of water

If you don’t have a good basin, bucket or sink, you can also use a dish filled with water. By putting the orchid with its (plastic) inner pot on the dish for 5-10 minutes, the roots will also absorb all the water they need. If you do this, make sure to let the orchid dry well.

 

3. The shot glass

If you don’t have a lot of time and your orchid is in a pot without its (plastic) inner pot, the shot glass is the perfect tool for you! To give an orchid the exact amount of water it needs, you only need to pour one shot glass of water (around 60 ml) at the side of the root ball. Be careful to not pour the water in the centre as the leaves will rot!

 

How often should you water your orchid?

How often you need to water an orchid depends on the season that you’re in. In summer your orchid is a little thirstier and it’s best to water it once per week. In winter, once per two weeks is plenty. But if you love to keep your heating on in the winter months, we’d advise you to keep watering your orchid once per week.

 

 

Did you know…..

…that the type of water you give to your orchid is important? Ordinary tap water is fine, but if you really want to treat your orchid, it’s best to use rainwater or condensation water from the dryer. It may sound strange, but this water is completely free from lime and minerals, so it’s extra good for your orchid!

 

Find more care tips here.

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.

 

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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).

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Read also: How to make orchids rebloom again?

 

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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

Colors of the summer: last until fall

Orchids: colors of the summer, last until fall

The orchid is known as the Queen of the plant kingdom. And did you know that orchids bloom longer than other types of flowers? If you buy an orchid now, in the summer, you can enjoy them until fall. Some orchids even bloom for months! Read on for more 

 

The big variety of orchids

The orchid is one of the most popular flowering houseplants, with flowers of all shapes and sizes. Here are some different varieties with their flowering period:

 

Orchids: colors of the summer

Orchid Phalaenopsis

 

Phalaenopsis

The Phalaenopsis is the most famous orchid. They easily flower for eight weeks up to months. Phalaenopsis comes in more than 20,000 different species, which differ in colour, amount of flowers, the height of the flower stalk, and the number of branches that the plant produces. Read more about Phalaenopsis.

 

Orchid Paphiopedilum

 

Paphiopedilum

Paphiopedilum flowers for six to ten weeks. Paphiopedilum is also called a lady’s slipper or slipper orchid. This genus includes between sixty and eighty species. Read more about Paphiopedilum.

 

Orchid Cambria

 

Cambria

The average flowering time is six weeks. The flowers vary tremendously in size and shape: from one and a half centimetres to over ten centimetres and from star-shaped to almost round. The flowers are beautifully marked. Brown, red and purple are the colours that predominate, but there are also pink, orange and brown Cambria-likes and even a small number of white and yellow Cambria-likes with maroon markings. Read more about Cambria.

 

Orchid: happiness in its purest form

With the orchid you not only get a stylish addition to your home; you also experience a moment of happiness from nature. Consumer research shows that orchids take the top position in the list of houseplants associated with the feeling of happiness. For some because of the beautiful addition to the interior, for others, it is due to the long shelf life or getting the orchid back into bloom.

 

Internationale Dag van de Orchidee

 

Care

The exotic orchids are not only beautiful, but also easy to care for. A dipping bath of 10-15 minutes every week is enough to easily enjoy your orchid for 8 weeks. A few tips:

  • Orchids love a light place, and don’t like direct sunlight
  • The ideal temperature is between 16 – 25°C
  • (Orchid) nutrition 1x per month

Read more about the variety and care tips per orchid here.

 

 

Design

With spectacular colours, exciting shapes and breathtaking flowers the orchid is clearly no ordinary plant. The orchid instantly brings allure to a space and – contrary to popular belief – is a very easy plant. Few plants can be summed up as readily as the orchid: pure, nature, design and class!

 

 

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Le 1er septembre est la Journée internationale de l’orchidée

September 1st it’s International Day of the Orchid!

The orchid is known as the Queen of the plant kingdom – a remarkable plant that therefore deserves its own day. That is why the first Thursday in September has been designated the International Day of the Orchid annually since 2012, when the focus is on this plant in all its magnificence and versatility. In 2022 the Day of the Orchid falls on Thursday, September 1st. A good reason to talk about orchids: the most popular flowering houseplant!

 

Design

With spectacular colours, exciting shapes and breathtaking flowers the orchid is clearly no ordinary plant. The orchid instantly brings allure to a space and – contrary to popular belief – is a very easy plant. Few plants can be summed up as readily as the orchid: pure, nature, design and class!

 

International Orchid Day

 

Diversity

Although the orchid with moth-like flowers (Phalaenopsis) is the best-known, there are many other species such as the tiger orchid (Oncidium), Vanda, the pansy orchid (Miltonia), Dendrobium and the slipper orchid (Paphiopedilum). There are estimated to be more than 25,000 species worldwide, and new orchids are still constantly being discovered. The orchid’s colour palette is very extensive, ranging from white to dark shades of purple and everything in between. There are also species with a striped pattern or a tiger print, for example.

 

 

Care

A lot of people think that orchids are difficult to care for. The opposite is actually the case: the plant is very easy to keep alive. With a little bit of extra care, virtually all orchids will flower multiple times in a year. It is important that the orchid does get daylight, but no direct sunlight. You then simply need to give it a little water once a week. The flowering period is usually more than two months. If you add special orchid food to the water every month, you will see the plant flower more abundantly and for longer.

Also read: how to keep your orchid in peak condition

 

Symbolism

A lot of flowers and plants have a meaning. The orchid symbolises happiness. The plant, therefore, makes an ideal gift!

 

International Orchid Day

 

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Une orchidée dans votre salle de bain : l'endroit idéal !

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

Mon orchidée a fini de fleurir, comment faire pour qu'elle refleurisse ?

How to make orchids rebloom again?

Every year we look forward to the blooming of our orchids. That’s not surprising because, with all its beautiful colors and all the different shapes and sizes, it’s always a party! Unfortunately, the party always comes to an end. When an orchid has finished blooming, the beautiful flowers fall off. So what’s the best thing to do? In any case, don’t throw it away! You can make orchids rebloom again. You can read how to do that in this article.

How can you make orchids rebloom again?

Since there are as many as 25,000 species of orchids, there is not one solution for all. That is why in this article you can read tips for a number of different types of orchids, such as Phalaenopsis, Cymbidium, Cattleya and Oncidium. That’s how you get them to bloom again!

My Phalaenopsis has finished flowering

To get a Phalaenopsis to flower again, it is necessary to cut off the branch above the second ‘eye’. Look at the bulges on the branch and start counting from the bottom. The branch above the second eye can be cut off up to twice, after which it is wise to cut the branch as low as possible. A Phalaenopsis can start flowering again after six months. After cutting, water the plant a little less and put it in a cooler place. If the plant is put back in its old place after about two months, the regular watering can be started again.

Read everything about the Phalaenopsis in this article!

 

 cutting an orchid

 

My Cymbidium has finished blooming

With the Cymbidium, you can completely cut off the withered branch after flowering. Then you put it in a cool but light place for 10-12 weeks and water it a little less than usual. The Cymbidium develops a few new shoots that can give one or more branches again in the following year. Unlike the Phalaenopsis, the Cymbidium flowers once a year. The natural flowering occurs between September and April.

Repotting the Cymbidium

Repot the Cymbidium in the spring, when it starts to grow again. Remove the pot, making sure you damage as few roots as possible, so it’s a meticulous job! Rinse the roots well and place the Cymbidium in the new pot. Preferably fill it with orchid soil that is well moist and then add some (orchid) food immediately. After repotting, it is best not to water the Cymbidium for a few days, so that it can recover well.

Read all about the Cymbidium in this article!

 

repotting an orchid

 

My Cattleya has finished flowering

With the Cattleya there is no need to cut at all. Treat the plant after flowering in the same way as during flowering. The flower dries up on its own and falls off itself when it has finished blooming. After flowering, a new growth shoot will appear at the bottom of the spent shoot. A new flower stem emerges from the sheath, at the beginning of the leaf. The sheath provides protection at this early stage, when it is fully grown, it will flower. This whole process takes about six to nine months.

Repotting the Cattleya

Put the Cattleya in a larger pot every two years. Use fine bark (orchid soil with tree bark). This is an important step in the care of the Cattleya, it must be kept growing vigorously, because only the new shoots give flowers.

Read all about the Cattleya in this article!

 

orchid food

 

My Oncidium has finished flowering

Cut off the branch with the faded flowers at the bottom of the flower stem. After flowering, place the Oncidium in a cooler place, but in a place where there is light (no direct sunlight) and you continue to give the spent Oncidium (orchid) nutrition once a month. The spent shoots of the Oncidium will not bloom again, it will produce new shoots. This shoot must thicken (bulb) and from this thickening a new flower stem emerges on the side of the longest leaf. When there are new flowers, the Oncidium can be returned to the living room. Note: the Oncidium forms aerial roots, these must not be removed. The natural bloom occurs in summer and autumn.

Repotting the Oncidium

You can repot an Oncidium if it gets too big. Do this immediately after flowering. You can then split the Oncidium into two or three new plants.

Read all about the Oncidium in this article!

 

 

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Winter: tijd voor nieuwe inspiratie!

DIY: plant arrangement with orchids

Do it yourself: an impressive plant arrangement with orchids as the radiant centrepiece! How do you make it? You can read about it here or in the video below.

Items needed for your plant arrangement with orchids:

  • Potting soil
  • Flowerpot
  • Trowel
  • 2 mini Tillandsias Cyanea
  • 2 Bromeliads
  • 2 orchids Phalaenopsis
  • 2 smaller orchids Phalaenopsis
  • 1 Medinilla
  • 3 Codiaeums
  • Branches

 

DIY: plant arrangement with orchids

 

Step-by-step:

Step 1: Half-fill a large pot with potting soil.
Step 2: Remove the plastic pots from the plants and immerse them in a bowl of water.
Step 3: Distribute the plants diagonally across the pot.
Step 4: Press them down firmly with some extra potting soil.
Step 5: Distribute the plants until the pot is nicely filled, and leave some space in the middle for the orchids.
Step 6: Place the orchids in the centre of the pot. Make sure that a little orchid soil remains between the roots.
Step 7: Place the mini-orchids on the edge of the pot and drape some of the roots over the edge.
Step 8: Water the arrangement if the soil feels dry or the plants start to droop.

 

 

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Winter: time for new inspiration with orchids!

Winter: time for new inspiration with orchids!

Time for winter inspiration with orchids. These plants are perfectly suited to interiors that make you feel at home and are essentially a reflection of your own character. This time we have gone for trendy, warm colours, prints and a personal touch by choosing crazy and distinctive accessories. No obvious styling, just surprising and dynamic combinations time and time again. Because that is where orchids come to the fore! We hope that we will inspire you and that you will soon have a head full of ideas for your home. You’ll start to look at your own interior and orchids through different eyes! We also hope to challenge you to get creative with your plants and your surroundings with our latest festive photos and DIY ideas!

Winter: time for new inspiration with orchids!

Winter: time for new inspiration with orchids!

 

DIY: Orchid in a bell jar

 

 

DIY: plant arrangement with orchids

 

Winter: time for new inspiration with orchids!

 

DIY: Christmas place cards with orchids

 

 

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