Guest Author - Susan Taylor
Are you looking for something special and maybe economical for Valentine’s Day this year? There are many items that you can choose from and still make your orchid lover happy. There are lots of orchid items besides orchids which your love will truly appreciate and which are affordable. Here are a few ideas for you.
One of the best decorative items I’ve seen recently are Botanistix floral stakes and Floral Swirls. These inexpensive and truly unique products make exhibiting plants in the home a real decorative art. Botanistix are primarily stakes using seashells as the decorative element while the Floral Swirls depend upon designer beads for their color and eye catching variety. They are used to hold the inflorescence on any kind of orchid.
How about some switch plates for your home decorated with orchids? Miller Concepts offers custom switch plates in a variety of orchid styles – Cymbidiums, Vandas, Phalaenopsis, Cattleyas, and Dendrobiums. They come in a wide range of sizes and styles.
Special pots to display orchids in the home are also very popular. Vernon Creek Gallery has an amazing variety of decorative pots. Top of the line pots can be found at Purple Clay Imports which has an especially fine selection of tall pots for Cymbidium orchids. Repot Me has one of the best selections of ceramic pots and cache pots available on the web at a reasonable price. Pick out a pot that will enhance your home décor and your orchid enthusiast will love it.
Another idea might be to order a semi-hydroponic kit from First Ray’s Orchids or from Interior Water Gardens. Both sites sell complete hydroponic kits and have information for growers.
For a dependable, useful gift check out the Portable Potter which will work for all kinds of plants if your loved one is a gardener as well as orchid aficionado. Another thing that any orchid grower will enjoy is The Orchid Journal . This well thought out paper-based item provides the beginning and intermediate grow all the information needed to keep track of plants and flowering of their orchids. It will become a valuable resource for your grower.
A fairly new product which I have used and really like is a leaf cleaner called BotaniWipes. There are several sources for them, but my favorite vendor is Quarter Acre Orchids