Thursday, February 23, 2012

Top 5 Questions about Orchid Growing

So, we get asked pretty much the same questions every week about orchid growing and as much as recite or pretend to really know... I'm going to have to admit --- I really employ the "do your best and, well, pray" method.... The thing about it is.. in my opinion... is that an orchid as a "plant gift" is the best kind... especially if you buy a really high quality (which doesn't have to mean high price) plant. With little to no care they can last 3-4 months and there is just not a more beautiful or special flower out there... but that's just my opinion. I think a lot of us are intimidated by the sensual lure of the orchid.... but its a really easy to care for species.... So.... check out the article I found below.... From a really great website that answers a lot of questions about orchids in general:


Orchid Growing QuestionsEven for people who are familiar with gardening,growing orchids can pose a unique challenge. These flowers tend to have a reputation for being finicky or difficult to grow. But anyone with actual orchid growing experience can tell you, this isn’t necessarily the case.
Just by learning a few simple basics, you can confidently grow virtually ANY orchid with good results. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of “FAQs” to answer the biggest questions (and dispel a few myths)….
FAQ #1: Aren’t They Hard to Grow?
Orchids aren’t necessarily as difficult to grow as you might think. You just have to learn what particular needs your type of orchid has and then do your best to meet them. Each orchid needs different amounts of sunlight and water, and none of them take well to soil whatsoever. So it’s easy to understand why growing them can seem intimidating. Just be sure to find an orchid whose needs you can match, and you should have no troubles!
FAQ #2: What’s the Best Orchid for Beginners?
It’s generally agreed that the best orchid for beginners is the phalaenopsis orchid, or “moth orchid”. These plants are resilient against beginner’s mistakes and have a short time to blossom. But nevertheless, they produce brilliant blossoms that you’ll love.
They’re also quite abundant and inexpensive, so you could even buy several in case you accidentally kill one of them (which does sometimes happen, sad to say). In general, they’re just a great plant to learn on when growing orchids!
FAQ #3: How Do I Pick a Good Plant?
Picking a good orchid is similar to picking any other healthy plant. You want to make sure that the shoots and leaves look sturdy and healthy. Make sure that the plant is capable of standing up under its own weight and doesn’t look wilted.
If you can, check the root system to make sure it’s healthy and flourishing. Look for the presence of flower spikes to get an idea of how many blossoms you can expect your plant to have. (It can help to make a checklist before you go orchid shopping, so that you remember what to look out for.)
FAQ #4: How Can I Keep My Orchid Healthy?
Keeping an orchid healthy is a complex topic, but in a nutshell, it all comes down to maintaining the proper environment for your plant at all times.
If it needs a lot of aeration, don’t keep it bogged down in a heavy mix. If it needs indirect sunlight, don’t put it right in the sun. If it needs high humidity, don’t put it somewhere dry.
Take steps to make sure that you know what the particular needs of your orchid are (there are several thousand unique types of orchids out there!). Also take care to watch your plant to observe how it responds to different techniques you try on your orchid growing adventures.
FAQ #5: Why Isn’t it Blooming?
This is probably the most commonly asked question of all. Orchid growers can be a bit anxious about when their plants are going to bloom. Unlike annuals or perennials, orchids can sometimes take up to three years to bloom, and re-blooming after that can be unpredictable. This is why you need to take steps to find out the age of your orchid when you buy it.
Plants labeled as “BS” are ready to bloom within the next year. And those labeled “NBS” may take longer than that. Each orchid has a different time in which it’s expected to bloom, so for many people, the answer to this question is simply, “it’s just not ready to bloom yet”.
If your plant should be blooming, however, and it isn’t, then you need to make some changes to the care you’re giving it. Ensure that all of its environmental and nutritional requirements are being met. When growing orchids, remember blooming requires a lot of energy and optimal health.
To get more of your questions answered about growing orchids, download my totally FREE 5-Day Orchid Insider training course by going here: Orchid Care Insider Secrets.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Use of Styrofoam for containers...

As you have probably noticed, many soil mixes contain bits of styrofoam. This acts as an aeration additive, therefore it only makes since it would work for drainage as well. This method can take the place of a non existent drainage hole. 
Many of our clients have BEAUTIFUL containers that they have always hesitated to plant because they don't have a drainage hole, but over the years we have shown them how to line and properly plant with their leftover "peanuts" (styrofoam)! So if you have a container you would love to plant, but didn't know you could...bring it to us!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stop competing and support your friends...

Why compete when you can support??? The Vine is encouraging everyone to take the 3/50 pledge!!!! Let's all support our local businesses!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Goodbye DIY, Hello DIV (Do It Vine)...

As we all now, the "DIY" is something all of us at The Vine support. We have workshops, weddings, blogs and more to support lots of DIY ideas. BUT, as we all know for something like your wedding or dinner party DIY can really end up being just as expensive as paying someone to do the work.  And when its all said and done does it REALLY end up being DIY? Probably not!!!! 
Don't settle for less just because your being budget conscious. The Vine is here to offer tons of DIY ideas to help you have the perfect special event, wedding or dinner party. All you need to do is just ask for help! Look at some of our projects from the past:

 The Vine has perfected white washing pots!!! This gives your container that extra touch.
 Ask us about aging your own pots for that mossy look we all want
 Collect old bottles? They can be used as aisle markers or lanterns at your next event.
 This bride ordered these adorable AND affordable pots and placed succulents in them as table decor then passed them out as gifts at the end of her reception.
You've purchased one of The Vine's specialty moss mounds, but getting a little tired of it??? Use it for your season or Holiday centerpiece. Bring it in and we will help recreate your mound!!!
 Having a dinner party, but can't decide what containers to use? You would be surprised how many amazing containers you have in storage, closets or even on a bookshelf. Let us help you choose the perfect look for your ideal table scape.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Modern Landscape Design...

It's definitely 2012 when you are feeling inspired by modern landscape design. And who better than Bryce Brock, Vine owner and well known Landscape Architect of the southeast, to take clients there?!?!
People DON'T be afraid to take your backyard, gazebo or pool area to the "next level". Contact us for unique AND affordable ideas to do so.