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Welcome to the Orchid Bliss Resource Guide

Please note that some of these resources contain affiliate links. That means that at no additional cost to you, I may receive a small commission on these products. I only recommend products that I know and trust.

These are all products that have helped me, personally, to grow healthy orchids. I have found a lot of pleasure in growing several varieties of orchids and have benefited from these resources.

REBLOOMING

Keiki Power Pro

keiki power pro

If you want your Phalaenopsis orchid to produce more flowers, then Keiki Power Pro will do that.

I’ve used it many times with results. After applying this paste your orchid will produce either a keiki (a baby orchid, an exact clone of the mother plant) or, more often, flowers.

A little goes a long way, so you’ll get lots and lots of flowers with this product.

KEIKI POWER PRO
 

Grow Light System

Grow Light System

Light is the #1 reason for failure to bloom. I use this Pro Light System to successfully bloom everything from Phalaenopsis to Cattleya orchids.

There are two things I really like about these lights. First, the lights don’t get too hot, so you don’t have to worry about burning your orchids. Second, you can adjust the lights to the height of your orchids. Since Phalaenopsis are a low-light and Cattleyas are a high-light orchid, you can lower the lights for Cattleyas and bring the lights up higher for Phalaenopsis.

Once your orchids are in bloom, you can move them from the lights to a location where you can enjoy the flowers.

GROW LIGHT SYSTEM
 

SEED MAT

SEED MAT - tools - grow orchids

Temperature is key to reblooming orchids. Often we talk about light so much that we forget the importance of temperature. Orchids know what season it is – when to bloom, grow and rest – based on temperature. The truth is, BOTH light and temperature are vital to successfully blooming orchids. A seed mat is a much simpler solution than using a space heater or turning up the heat for your entire house.

This mat will raise the ambient air temperature by 10° to 20° F /(-12.2° to -6.6° C).

Not only can you use a seed mat to help you bloom orchids, but you can also use it after potting orchids as the warmth created by the seed mat stimulates root growth and helps the orchid to recuperate faster from the trauma of potting.

SEED MAT
 

Dyna-Gro Fertilizer

Dyna-Gro Fertilizer

The judicious use of fertilizer will help you to grow stunningly beautiful orchids. Fertilizers will enhance your orchids in every way including blooming, root systems and leaves, fight off disease and overall health.

Dyna-Gro is the fertilizer that I personally use and recommend for successfully growing orchids

DYNA-GRO FERTILIZER
 

HUMIDITY & AIR MOVEMENT 

For beautiful, thriving orchids, provide your orchids with humidity. Without adequate humidity, the leaves will shrivel – despite watering the orchid’s roots. To give my orchids proper humidity and air circulation you will need three tools: a humidifier a humidistat – a little gadget that tells the humidity and temperature – and a fan.

Humidifier

total comfort humidifier

 

This humidifier will do a lot more to raise humidity levels for your orchids than a tray of pebbles filled with water under your orchids. This humidifier is quiet and has a large 2-gallon tank. The dual top-fill tanks make it easy to re-fill. And, if you ever need to warm up your orchid environment, you can turn on a warm mist.

HUMIDIFIER

Humidistat

humidistat

This humidistat makes it easy to track high and low temperatures and humidity levels. Pores on an orchid’s leaves are called stomata. These pores open allowing the orchid to breathe. Without proper humidity levels, this process will dehydrate the orchid. On the other hand, ideal humidity results in thriving, amazingly beautiful orchids.

HUMIDISTAT

Fan

fan

By providing your orchids with proper air movement you will be able to protect your orchids from a host of bacteria that may grow on the orchid’s leaves as well as temperature changes.

FAN

 

POTTING TOOLS

Orchid Potting Mix

Bonsai Jack Universal Orchid Potting Mix

Of all the orchid mixes that are available, this is the one that I use and trust.

Jack’s orchid mixes are formulated with top-quality ingredients and are pH tested to ensure healthy orchids.

The Universal Mix is designed for mature orchids such as Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium, Oncidium, and Cattleya.

I highly recommend and personally use Bonsai Jack’s orchid mix for potting orchids.

BONSAI JACK'S ORCHID POTTING MIX
 

Pruning Shears

pruning shears

These pruners are the BEST! I use them all the time. They are sharp and cut cleanly every time.

These pruners feel just right in your hand (right or left). I use them when potting, to clean away dead roots, trimming flower spikes and for cutting away dead leaves.

PRUNING SHEARS
 

Butane Kitchen Torch

Butane Kitchen Torch

A kitchen torch may be the last thing you expected to see on this resource page. This torch is a fast and easy way to sterilize your pruning shears.

Before and after using my pruning shears, I pass the tips of the shears through the flame to keep from passing pathogens between orchids.

This is the torch I use and recommend. It’s small, fits comfortably in my hand and is easy to use.

BUTANE KITCHEN TORCH
 

POTS

Slotted Clear Orchid Pots

clear slotted orchid pot

Having trouble deciding if your orchid needs more water…or not? The guessing game ends here with these clear plastic liner pots. You’ll always be able to see the roots, soil, and water condensation on the inside of the pot. These pots can literally be a lifesaver when watering your orchids.

Made of durable plastic. No flimsy sides here. With lots of drainage holes, these pots allow for plenty of airflow and water drainage.

I use these as liners and slip them inside a more stable decorative pot. I highly recommend these slotted clear orchid pots.

This link goes to 3″ orchid pots. Be sure to select the right size for your orchid.

SLOTTED CLEAR ORCHID POTS
 

Carousel Orchid Pot

carousel orchid pot

Looking for a pot that provides superior drainage? The Carousel Pot does just that. There are drainage holes on the bottom, so your orchid never sits in water. The saucer at the bottom is detachable from the pot, so you can easily discard excess water. Also, there is a space between the base of the pot and the saucer, an extra precaution against the orchid sitting in water.

This pot makes repotting a breeze. Side slats are not connected at the top. Simply slide the orchid out the top of the pot. Crazy orchid roots can grow out wherever they want,  just slide the up and out of the pot, no damage done.

These pots are especially nice for Dendrobiums as they don’t appreciate repotting. I am not aware of an orchid pot that doesn’t disturb the roots like the Carousel Pot.

These pots are the ideal orchid pot-an ingenious design, but they do come with a price-tag.

I love my Carousel Orchid Pot and recommend you give one a try.

CAROUSEL ORCHID POT
 

ORCHIDS & GIFTS

Mini Phalaenopsis Orchids

Floralistic mini orchids

I have scoured the internet looking for superior quality Phalaenopsis orchids available at a reasonable price. I am so pleased to recommend these orchids from Floralistic.

These orchids come in a 3″ pot and a variety of colors-you pick the color you like best.

These orchids are potted in sphagnum moss, which is ideal for shipping. The roots and potting media stays in place.

After the orchid has finished blooming, I recommend potting the orchid in Bonsai Jack’s Miniature and Seedling Mix.

FLORALISTIC MINI PHALAENOPSIS ORCHIDS
 

Orchid Terrarium

orchid terrarium

Another quality item from Floralistic; you’ll love these 12″ mini orchid terrariums. To make it just the way you like, you get to choose the color of the orchid and the reindeer moss.

These terrariums make lovely gifts and are perfect for weddings and other celebrations.

FLORALISTIC ORCHID TERRARIUM
 

EBOOK

What to Do with Your Grocery Store Orchid

What to Do with Your Grocery Store Orchid Ebook

 

You’ve purchased or been gifted, an orchid from your local grocery store and now you’re wondering how in the world to care for it.

No worries. In this step-by-step guide, you’ll discover everything you need to know to care for the Phalaenopsis, or moth orchid. With full-color photographs, detailed instructions, and bonus guides, I’ll show you how to care for your orchid.

In addition to care tips on light, temperature, air circulation, watering, humidity, fertilizing, potting and re-blooming you’ll even get some styling instructions so you can create your own orchid arrangement.

After reading this book you’ll learn that orchids need not be the world’s longest-lasting throw-away bouquet, instead, they are the world’s longest-lasting flower bouquet that blooms, and keep on blooming–for years!

WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR GROCERY STORE ORCHID
 

I hope these product recommendations help you the way they have helped me to care for my orchids. If you have any questions about any of these products, please email me at [email protected]

 

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