My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design


The waxy flowers have a scooped lip (or nose) giving them their common name of a boat orchid and grows with about 8 to 10 flowers on each tall spike

Cymbidium - Cymbidium, Boat Orchid

Cymbidium orchids for my Designing your way to profits article that was featured in the Canadian Florist Magazine

Common name:

Cymbidium, Boat Orchid


Historically grown in India but are now cultivated in both the Southern and the Northern Hemisphere


Green, white, cream, yellow, red, pink, and most amazingly brown


You can purchase large or small varieties of Cymbidiums. The price of the stems will be determined by the size of the flower head and how many flowers are growing on the spike. If you are buying a Cymbidium plant the price will also vary according to the amount of flowering spikes on the plant. Cymbidiums are popular with growers and new varieties are added almost daily. As cut flowers they are sold according to colour rather than specie name.

Vase life:

I have had flowers that last up to five weeks. But usually two weeks to a month depending on size and conditions.


Faint floral scent


Some species are edible but mostly the flowers are cultivated as cut flowers. Very popular in bridal and competition work because they are so long lasting and surprisingly hardy. It is more than just slightly extravagant but I love to weave with the leaves. If you do want to weave with cymbidium leaves make sure only to harvest the outside two leaves not to damage the bulbs.


Take the stem out of the plastic test tube it was shipped in. Give the stem a fresh cut and hydrate in water. Make sure you support the stem to allow the water to reach the upper flowers. Temperature fluctuations will cause the buds to drop. The flower petals bruise easily so do not over handle.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.