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Flower of the Month: November

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It is all about chic orchids in November, with special guests like the Vanda, Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis. Your customers will quickly discover these elegant beauties in the Flower Agenda on Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk. So, surprise your customers with this glamorous flower’s many styling possibilities. 

The orchid’s origin
You never ask a lady’s age, so no one can really say how old these beauties in the world’s second-largest family of plants are. What we do know is that many of the orchid’s fabulous colours and shapes originate from the tropical rainforest. The various species grow as epiphytes in the trees, on branches or twigs with their roots in the air. The orchids that can now be bought in your shop as cut flowers have been developed from these natural species. 

The orchid’s colours and shapes
There’s and orchid to suit every style, so this beauty deserves the title for the Perfect Flower. There are more than 25,000 species in the wild, and the flower comes in impressive colours: from powder pastels to candy pink or Zen white. There are even tiger prints, cow spots and ones with stripes. Use the butterfly-like Phalaenopsis, the vampy Vanda and the slender Cymbidium, they’re all just as beautiful as their names suggests. Many species also come in various sizes ranging from mini flowers to gigantic full blooms.

Care tips for customers
Help your customers to enjoy their orchids for longer by giving them the following tips for a long vase life:

  • Select a clean vase or floral tube and fill it with tap water at room temperature.

  • Add cut flower food (specialist orchids food if possible) to the water for a longer vase life.

  • Cut or trim the stems diagonally by 3 to 5 cm with a clean, sharp knife or secateurs. Only trim 0.5 to 1 cm off the smaller flowers.

  • Do not place orchids in a draught, in full sun or near central heating.

  • Orchids are not very thirsty, but do top the vase or tubes up with tap water regularly!

  • Don’t touch the delicate interior of the flower – the lip – in order to prevent it from wilting rapidly.

  • Don’t place orchids near a fruit bowl. Fruit emits ethylene gas which will cause the orchids to age more rapidly. Orchids are very sensitive to it.

Orchid symbolism
The orchid symbolises pure friendship. When Brazilians give it as a gift, they give a kiss for each flower. In India the blue Vanda symbolises peace, and in China the Cymbidium represents friendship. The orchid was First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s favourite flower. Talk about elegance…