All Orchids have 6 petalsPetals...

Interesting, all orchid blooms have six "petals"...three sepals, two petals and a third modified petal that forms a lip.  Popular colors except blue come naturally for morst orchids.  The color selections include many bicolors, spots or blotches on lips and/or petals.  Orchids are easily dyed to increase the color range of the flowers.

Care...

Once orchids arrive, immediately remove them from the shipping boxes.  If you can not attend to them immediately, place the unopened boxes into a floral refrigerator or designated orchid cooler.

Hydration...

Individual Blooms - If blooms arrive in water tubes, carefully remove the flowers from the individual tubes and empty the tube solution.  Refill the tubes with freshly prepared fresh flower food, recut the stems and replace them into the water tubes.  Place the tubes back into the shipping box or display box and store upright in the floral cooler.  If any blooms look wilted, recut the stem and float it in a room-temperature hydration solution for 10 - 15 minutes.  Once rehydrated, gently shake off excess moisture, place back into water tube and store in cooler.

Sprays - If spray is shipped in water tubes, remove the stem from the tube, recut the end and place back into the newly refilled fresh flower food solution tube.  Or after recutting the stem, place in a bucket with fresh flower food solution.

Refrigeration...

What temperature to hold your orchids in for extended flower life can depend on which expert you talk with.  Some say many orchids are chill temperature and should be stored at 55 F to 60 F while others say most can be stored without damage at 33 F to 36 F.  To make it easy to remember, have staff store all orchids at 55 F to 60 F.

Ethylene Sensitive...

Ethylene sensitivity on orchids vary.  Some types are very sensitive including Cymbidium, Cattleya, Phalaenopsis and Vanda while others are less sensitive like Dendrobium and Oncidium.  Orchids become more sensitive to ethylene as they age.

Dendrobium Varieties

Dendrobium Farms