HOW TO GROW A LOVE FERN [ORCHID]


Valentines day is in a few short days, and maybe you are considering a love fern, a la Kate Hudson in the movie "How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days"? Or, maybe you just like the way orchids look and have a few that you seem to inevitably replace when all their flowers fall off. That used to be me, and those were sad days. I always felt like it was an abrupt ending with this flower I had spent 6+ weeks so carefully watering. Well, let me be proof to all of my fellow black-thumbed friends that you might just be able to turn that thumb a certain shade of green. You don't have to watch you flower [relationship?] wilt and wither away like Kate's love fern if you follow a few steps and have a little patience...

You start with this...



and then it turns [magic, I know] into this:







pretty easy, right? 


luxe + lillies: HOW TO GROW A LOVE FERN [ORCHID]

Monday, February 11, 2013

HOW TO GROW A LOVE FERN [ORCHID]


Valentines day is in a few short days, and maybe you are considering a love fern, a la Kate Hudson in the movie "How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days"? Or, maybe you just like the way orchids look and have a few that you seem to inevitably replace when all their flowers fall off. That used to be me, and those were sad days. I always felt like it was an abrupt ending with this flower I had spent 6+ weeks so carefully watering. Well, let me be proof to all of my fellow black-thumbed friends that you might just be able to turn that thumb a certain shade of green. You don't have to watch you flower [relationship?] wilt and wither away like Kate's love fern if you follow a few steps and have a little patience...

You start with this...



and then it turns [magic, I know] into this:







pretty easy, right? 


11 Comments:

Blogger Nancy said...

awesome tutorial! I love orchids but they've always died, and I didn't know how to revive them.. Thanks, I'll try again. You make it look so easy.
xo Nancy
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February 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM  
OpenID nuburylane.com said...

Great info....I'm gonna have to run out & buy some orchids now. I always threw them out when all the blooms fell off!

February 12, 2013 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger barbara@hodge:podge said...

Fabulous info. I stupidly cut my stalk. Now I am just watering leaves that are growing.....but I will up the water, as I am watering so little! It has been a year so I hope something will happen sooon!

February 16, 2013 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Sara {Sara's Closet} said...

Oh my goodness! Thank you for this...I have two of these and have been wondering how to bring them back to life! :)

February 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Sarah Engel said...

ah, alas, I have never been able to keep an orchid alive, these are great tips!!

February 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Anna Williams said...

I've always thought orchids would be far too hard for me to keep alive but this seems fairly straightforward. Might have to give it a try! Thanks for the tips xx

Anna (My Design Ethos)

February 18, 2013 at 12:29 AM  
Blogger keely @ luxe + lillies said...

It's ok to completely cut your stalk - I did that to the one pictured with the flower now because it was super dead. Growing new leaves means that your orchid is regenerating!! If you up your watering a little bit, I bet you will have a new stalk start to shoot in no time! Just keep being patient, and watch for one to pop out somewhere between the leaves - as soon as it it long enough to clip to a wire/dowel, do so so that it continues growing upward.

February 18, 2013 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Wow-a fellow black thumb who revived an orchid! I have killed 3. I am printing this so I can attempt to have a 4th.
Thank you for the step by step instructions.

February 18, 2013 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Juanita Olson said...

What if the leaves have died? Is it then beyond hope?

March 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger keely @ luxe + lillies said...

Hi Juanita,

I wish I had better advice - but from what I have read online - if the leaves are dead, its probably better to get a new one :)

March 13, 2013 at 10:13 PM  
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