My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Condition Epiphyte Orchids

In nature Epiphyte orchids grow high up in trees catching decaying leaves and moisture in their long tangled roots. You can recreate this condition in arrangements.

Conditioning orchid plants

Water the orchid plant. Remove the container and gently pull away any bark or growth medium. Soak the plant in water to loosen the remaining growth medium. Swirl and remove the bark or moss.

Conditioning orchid plants

Set the plants into clean almost warm water with diluted orchid plant food and leave overnight to thoroughly condition. Hang or place the plant into your arrangement. As always, avoid placing the orchids in direct sunlight, wind or heat sources. To maintain: mist the roots lightly with water. Remove to soak periodically. You will notice the roots are plump grey green when happy- when they are under strain they become a dull cream green. This is a sign that you need to soak the plant or re-pot in growth medium.

It is also a good idea to create a “moist’ atmosphere around the arrangement. If you hang the plant in a structure, set the structure in a shallow tray of water.

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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.




Phalaenopsis, Moth orchid