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Decoration with Orchids

Decorating interior spaces and gardens with orchid flowers is a good idea to fill spaces that will make you relaxed and feel good. Orchids have long list of advantages that make them perfect for home decoration if you are aware of special care these plants need. You can have this plant by following simple rules to create a huge visual space it is placed in.

Decoration of house or interior space needs much consideration. Use of plants within the whole area is a common idea but it needs much care. Green and leafy plants are always attractive that can greatly transform interior spaces, gardens and offices if perfect orchid is selected to decorate these spaces. Have you ever thought to decorate your home, garden and terrace with orchids? If not then you should think of this to get a new green environment in your home or office.

  • A very big advantage of these flowers is that you can keep these flowers fresh for months contrary to other indoor plants.
  • These are hardy plants and don’t require much water. They are virtually immortal if and only if you are aware of proper care and maintenance needs of orchard plants.
  • They are also considered as best for indoor and garden decorations as you can get wide range of colors that you exactly want for decoration of your chosen space.

Definitely you need to know details that you have to pay attention from very first day you grow orchid plants in your home. Here is very useful information that will help you in making your decoration successful and attractive exactly you have dreamed.

Make Sure to Buy Orchids in Healthy and Good Condition

Remember that healthy and fresh orchids, without diseases and pests, you are guaranteeing more than 60 percent of your success to make your decoration project great. Make sure that there should be no spots on leaves. Bulbs and flowers will help you in determining the health status of orchids you are going to buy.

Think about the Space You Want to Decorate with Orchids

Determine if that selected space is too hot, too cold or it is exposed to lot of breezes. Any extreme condition will be bad for your orchids.

Check Availability of Light of the Place You Want to Decorate

Light is a very important factor to be considered before thinking to select a place for decoration with plants. Some orchids are very resistant to light than others. Make sure to choose right orchids for the space according to light and other conditions to ensure proper growth of orchids without any problem.

Determine Moisture Level of the Space Where you Want to Plant in Orchids

No extreme situation is good for orchids. Don’t make a mistake to place the plants in the area that has either very high or low humidity.

Follow above mentioned basic information that is very necessary to keep your orchid healthy and happy. It is hopped that information provided here will help you to create very attractive space using best orchid flowers.

Do you love to collect zinnias flowers seeds them in your garden? If yes then you will find my post interesting because I have come up with tips regarding collection of zinnia flowers seeds. Actually I love zinnia flowers and I have gathered a number of tips related to these beautiful flowers. Today I will share with you some tips to collect seeds from zinnia flowers:

  • First and foremost tip about collecting zinnia flower seeds is that you should not save seeds from hybrid varieties of zinnia flowers because these seeds are not right to be collected and stored.
  • Let the flowers flourish and fade naturally. This is a feature of zinnia flowers’ petals that they do not fall until seeds are ripe so let zinnia flowers remain with stem even when you see them becoming faded.
  • Stems of zinnia flowers need one to two weeks to dry after blooming. When petals of zinnia flowers become entirely dry, cut the stems and place flowers in a container. Now separate petals from flower heads by pulling them one at a time. You will see the seeds residing at the base of each petal. Mature and ready seeds will be either of green or brown color.
  • Next step is to holding a petal keeping it within the container. To get the seeds, all you need to do is to rub the petal base between your thumb and a finger.   Drop all seeds in container and repeat this process with each petal.
  • Keep the seeds in separate jars according to their different varieties. Don’t forget to label these jars with the description of year in which they were harvested. After placing seeds inside jar, seal it.
  • Remember to store zinnia flower seeds in cool and dry place. Do not store zinnia flower seeds at a place where there is threat of pests, mice and other insects because pests like to eat seeds.

This was a simple method to collect seeds from zinnia flowers. Follow this method and get ready to grow zinnias the following spring with your saved seeds.

Growing zinnias from seeds is the best option for beginners as they grow very quickly with little efforts. Are you looking for some guidelines about growing these beautiful flowers? If yes then this post is going to be very helpful for you as I have described some easy steps for growing zinnia flowers from seeds:

  • Firstly you will require preparing a bed that receives sunlight for six to eight hours a day. Now dig the soil to a depth of approximately 8 inches and add manure or compost. This is necessary to increase exposure to air and improve drainage.
  • Zinnias should be planted within four weeks before the last frost. When it comes to sowing seeds, you need to have proper guidance. You will require sowing two seeds per pot in damp seed starter and after that you can place these pots in a warm location like at the top of a heater or TV to provide them with bottom heat. It sounds strange but it is a proven method to speed up germination process. You will see seedlings rising from soil after three to five days but remember that it all depends on the soil temperature. After seedlings have emerged and developed second set of leaves, they can be planted as one plant per pot.  When you feel sure that soil has warmed and threat of snow falling has passed, you can transplant them to a permanent location. While transplanting, extra care is needed because zinnias don’t like their roots to be distributed.
  • As I mentioned earlier, sow seeds in their permanent location in late spring after snow falling. While sowing seeds, make sure that distance between them should be between 9 and 12 inches because larger varieties of zinnias require more space as compared to smaller ones. The instructions regarded planting and spacing which are mentioned above, can also be found on seeds packets.
  • After sowing seeds, cover them lightly with the soil and keep the seeds equally damp until they sprout.
  • Watering is required on regular basis until plants are fully developed. Zinnia seeds mostly grow and survive under natural circumstances but they may require additional water during dry periods.

These were some tips of growing zinnias from seeds which I also followed when I grew zinnias for the first time in my home garden so follow these tips to have beautiful zinnias in your garden.

Do you want to grow rose bushes in your garden from seeds? If yes then you will have to be very patient and lucky because growing rose bushes from seeds is somewhat tricky and difficult. But once you will succeed in growing rose bushes from seeds, you will come to know that it was quite enjoyable. I have also grown a rose bush from seeds in my home garden after making complete research on this matter. During my research, I found a number of useful instructions and tips which I want to share with you:

  • Before starting, you are required to perform a float test so place seeds in a cup of water. Seeds that float on the top are not workable so you can throw them away. Only those seeds are best that sink to bottom of cup.
  • You will require drying seeds by scattering them on a towel. Rub the pulp away from seeds using a small brush.
  • When I planted a rose bush from seeds, I stratified them for their better growth. You are required to do the same. In order to stratify seeds, place them on paper towel. Make sure that paper towel has been soaked in a solution having half water and half peroxide as it is necessary to avoid mold from occurring. Fold the towel so that seeds remain inside it and then put it into a resealable bag. Now place this bag into refrigerator after setting temperature at 34 or 38 degree Fahrenheit and keep seeds in refrigerator for approximately 6 to 10 weeks.
  • For your convenience, I will recommend you another method of stratifying seeds. All you need to do is to place seeds in a tray containing potting soil. Now cover that tray and keep it in fridge for a couple of weeks.
  • You will also require preparing a potting soil mixture that proves to be perfect for growth of roses. You can do so by filling pots with half vermiculite and half disinfected potting soil. Now push seeds down in the soil about 1 inch and place the pot in direct sunlight. Water the soil when you feel that it has become dry. You will see that seeds will begin to sprout in approximately 6 weeks.
  • When your seedlings have grown a couple of inches tall, transfer them into separate pots. This process is quite delicate so make sure that roots of plants are not touched by your hands. You can use a spoon either.
  • After transplantation, you will apply fertilizer. Choose a variety that can be either sprinkled or applied by making its solution in water. I selected that type of fertilizer that contained more phosphorus as compared to nitrogen and potassium. As far as quantity that needs to be applied is concerned, you can get that information on the packet of fertilizer. Apply fertilizer to rose bush in spring, summer and a few weeks before snow fall.

The above mentioned tips are the same which I followed while growing rose bushes in my garden and you can also take help from these and have a flourishing rose bush to attract your guests towards your boring garden.

Marigolds are attractive and good looking flowers that can enhance grace and beauty of garden. They are very easy to grow and the best thing about these flowers is that their seeds can be preserved to plant these flowers and there is no need to buy them every year. I have done some research on the methods of preserving marigold seeds and the best method which I found is explained below:

Things you will Needs to Dry Seeds

The things that will be required for drying and preserving seeds include:

  • Dead Seeds heads of marigolds
  • Paper bag
  • Oven


Method of preserving marigold seeds is as follows:

  • Picking Time: Marigold seeds are picked during fall season, so choose a sunny morning to pick the seeds but remember to do this after the dew has dried.
  • Seeds to Be Picked: Now pick a bunch of seeds from plant that are fleshy and hard. Don’t pick spongy seeds.
  • Placing Them in Tray: Place these seeds in a tray spreading them in one layer.
  • Drying the Seeds: Place seeds in a warm and dry place. This process can take place in an oven that makes the drying process faster. Temperature required to dry them is 140 degrees. It is very important to let the seeds dry because if they don’t get dry, they will be eaten by bugs and insects and your effort to preserve seeds for next season will go in smoke.
  • Storing the Seeds after Drying: After drying the seeds, put them in a paper bag and keep it in a cool and dry place. Do remember to keep them covered to protect them from spiders and mice as seeds are delicious food for them. An interesting fact about the marigold seeds is that each seed has further 150 seeds so picking a few handfuls of seeds would be more than enough for your garden.

Here the process of preserving marigold seeds is completed. Now they are ready to be separated and planted in spring season. Seeds that should be picked must have bright black section, so pick seeds carefully, dry them and then plant them in your garden.

Orchid family is most numerous in the plant kingdom. 25000 to 30000 species of orchids are there around the world. Orchids are most beautiful, sensual, exotic and most expensive flowers. Their elegant look and eye-catching appearance make these flowers favorite to anyone. There are two types of orchids, one is terrestrial orchids and second is epiphytes. Both types are very popular among flower fans. Some other orchids that you will like to buy and grow are:

Moth Orchids

Probably, this type of orchids is the most ordinary sort. These plants can buy from a standard grocery store. In Asian supermarket, truck-loads of white or purplish pink variety can easily be found. Fashion designers, call its purplish-pink color as “orchids”. Moth orchids are also known as Phalaenopsis orchids. Phalaenopsis orchids are epiphytes and grow on trees in a constantly moist environment. These flowers look very graceful due to their long flower spikes. These flowers are full of power to brighten up a dull atmosphere and to add an elegant look to home decorations. Now, Phalaenopsis are extensively grown as houseplants. One thing about Phalaenopsis that they bloom only once or twice a year and their flowers can last for two to three months.

Dendrobium Orchids

Another prominent sort of orchid that is very good option to beautify your garden is “Thai restaurant orchids”. These forms of orchids are Dendrobium hybrids and can be found easily at Thai restaurants. These restaurants use freshly-cut flowers to decorate tables. Dendrobium orchids are available in many colors. Color options are white, green, purple, pink, yellow and many others. They require a fairly warm environment and this is due to the reason that they could loose their leaves in winter when temperature falls below 60°F (15°C). Actually, Dendrobium is one of the largest orchid species.

Dendrobium class lives as epiphytes and lithophytes in New Guinea, Southern China, Thailand, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and more. Some of these require cool night with 50 to 59°F (10 to 15°C) temperature while some of these require warm temperatures in the 80s°F (27°C). For their different environment requirement, it is significant to understand their natural environment to better care these orchids.

Slipper Orchids

One of most favorite types of orchid is lady slipper orchid because of their bizarre appearance. These flowers are different from other types of flowers and have pouch-shaped lips. Terrestrial and lithophytic slipper orchids encompass for genera:

  • Paphiopedilum
  • Phragmipedium
  • Cypripedium
  • Selenipedium

Nearly all Cypripedium and Selenipedium are plants that are fairly tricky to grow. These flowers can be got from fancy grocery store. Variety of colors is available along with this type of orchids, color options are:

  • Girlie soft pink
  • Eye-catching yellow
  • Innocent white
  • Dark red
  • Brown
  • Green with hairy and warty petals

Boat Orchids

Boat orchid, Cymbidium enormously grows well in Southern California. These sorts of orchids widely have been depicted in drawings and poetry for more than two thousand years since the time of Confucius. Still, they are popular plants due to their big, showy and long-lasting flowers. The pink, yellow, green, red, brown, peach or combination colored flowers also last wonderfully as cut flowers. If one change water daily and cut down the bottom of the spike, they can look perfect for a month or two in vase.

Garden decoration accents and garden ornaments such as water fountains can be a very positive experience to any garden by requiring minimal space. Garden fountains can provide an oasis and best retreats from stress of daily life. Garden decorations and garden accessories like water fountains can be a centerpiece of a garden. Running water in a fountain can add a soothing element to any garden. Garden fountains and other ornaments personalize the garden with unassuming charm and good taste. Well arranged and settled garden fountains can become a focal point and enhance natural beauty of garden.

Rules for garden decoration are vague. Nothing is pre-defined and all depends on tastes rather than set of rules. Here are some quick facts for installation of garden fountains that will give you cool environment at home:

  • The first thing you need to know when you start choosing plants and other ornaments for your entry garden is to think of the places you want to decorate and consider light and other conditions of that place.
  • Remember that fences can add authentic appeal and can create sense of privacy in your garden.
  • Right selection of water fountain can make your garden best place for enjoyment.
  • Garden fountains come in different sizes, styles and shapes. Some are designed to be placed right in the center of garden to make an attractive focal point. Some fountains can be incorporated into an ornamental landscape or can be mounted on exterior wall of home or can be placed on a deck.
  • Indoor fountains can be used to place in various locations with various models designed for indoor wall mounting, usable in upright floor standing, to be used as room divider or table top versions that can be adjusted any where.

After installing the garden fountains, you need to take proper care for maintenance of its beauty. Follow the instructions of manufacturer about cleaning and care of installed fountain. Follow these tips for care of your fountain:

  • Clean the foundation on regular basis as debris can collect in and on the fountain easily. Make sure to remove leaves, twigs and other debris.
  • Check fountain’s water level on daily basis and add fresh water when needed. If you let the water level below the pump’s intake level, it can cause burnout or other damages to the pump.
  • Remember that combination of water and sunlight is best for growth of algae therefore add vinegar or hydrogen peroxide or sea salt to the water for prevention of algae growth. You can also add bleach as an alternative.
  • Drain out all the water before thorough cleaning of fountain. Use a brush to clean inside of the water reservoir with soap water.
  • Thoroughly rinse water in the fountain to remove soap residue.
  • Special care is needed in winter season as water can freeze in cold weather. Frozen water will expand that can crack the fountain. It is recommended to drain out all water from fountain in winter season. Keep the fountain dry completely and cover it with non-porous material.

Remember that taking the proper steps can extend life of your garden fountain.