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Cutting Orchids
The orchid's rank in the cut-flower world is the same as that of the diamond and other precious stones in the jewelry business. So when choosing flowers for special occasions, such as weddings, anniversaries and birthdays, there is nothing richer and finer than freshly cut orchids.

It is important to understand, however, that not all orchids are suited to being cut flowers. In addition, how long your orchids will last depends on the variety, and the use and care the blooms receive. All varieties of cut orchids offered by Beautiful Orchids have been specifically bred to be cut flowers. They are long lasting, open quickly, do not fade, and do not bruise or spot easily. Some orchids are thick and heavy, almost waxy in texture; orchids of this heavier substance will generally last longer than more delicate blooms. This is especially true if you will be using single blooms in corsages, bouquets or boutonnieres.

Long Term Care For Your Cut Orchids & Anthurium
Most cut orchids and Anthurium—araceous plants, which include calla lilies— will last longer as stems than as single blooms; a cut orchid arrangement will last longer than a boutonniere. Flowers should be as fresh as possible. If they appear a little wilted, they can be submerged in warm water for a few minutes. After stems are purchased and brought home, 1/2 inch (approximately 2 cm) should be cut from the base of the stem with a sharp knife—if possible while the stem is submerged in water—then place the stems in a vase. Blooms should be kept away from direct sunlight and heat sources. They will last longer at cooler room temperatures, but will suffer from cool drafts. A cool draft is moving air that is cooler than the ambient temperature, such as air from an open window on a cool day.

Cymbidium and Anthurium will last 4 to 6 weeks as stems and can be used for cut arrangements as well as for corsages, boutonnieres and bouquets. Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, Paphiopedilum, Mokara and Aranthera can also be used in a variety of ways and will last 1 to 2 weeks on the stem. Cattleya and Odontoglossum will last up to 7 days and are best used in corsages, boutonnieres and bouquets. Some Cattleya, Cymbidium and Oncidium (Sharry Baby) have a sweet or floral fragrance that adds to their charm in mixed arrangements.

Quick Care For Your Cut Orchids & Anthuriums
Upon receiving your package, open boxes immediately and put flowers in a cool place. Best storing temperature is 50°-60° Fahrenheit.hen you receive your package, open boxes immediately and put flowers in a cool place. Best storing temperature is 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dendrobium, Mokara, Aranda, Aranthera and Anthuriums:
After removing wrapping sleeve, refresh blooms with a spray of water mist, or you can completely submerge flowers in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes. Then cut 1/4 inch (approximately 1 cm) from stems, put them in a clean vase of warm (100°F) water, and arrange.fter removing wrapping sleeve, a spray of water mist can be refreshing or you can totally submerge flowers in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes. Then cut 1 cm stem and put in a clean vase of hot (100 degree Fahrenheit ) water and arrange.

Cymbidium, Oncidium, Cattleya, Phalaenopsis, and Paphiopedilum:
Simply remove wrapping sleeve, cut 1/4 inch (approximately 1 cm) from the stem, put in clean vase of warm (100°F ) water, and arrange.

For Cymbidium it is especially important that the stem be supported in a tall, slender vase. If the stem is not supported, the life expectancy of the plant is significantly reduced due to lack of water to the flowers.or Cymbidium



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