How to Care for Orchid Arrangements


Orchid arrangements are ideal for weddings, showers, anniversaries and other special occasions. Long stems, delicate flowers, variety of colors and a light fragrance make orchids versatile and appropriate for many occasions. While it is possible to use them for corsages and boutonnieres, most orchid varieties do better as cut flower arrangements. With proper care, expect arrangements to last a couple weeks to a month.

Step 1

Place orchid arrangements in a refrigerator immediately after receiving them. Keep the flowers fresh longer in temperatures of 45 to 60 degrees F.

Step 2

Sterilize a sharp box cutter or knife with disinfectant spray. Spray the knife and allow it to air-dry.

Step 3

Fill a sink basin halfway with cool tap water. Place a small, clean cutting board in the bottom of the sink.

Step 4

Remove the orchid arrangement from the refrigerator. Lift one orchid from the arrangement and submerge it in the sink water. Cut 1/4 an inch off of the bottom of the stem. Replace it in the flower arrangement. Repeat with each orchid.

Step 5

Place the orchid arrangement back in the refrigerator until ready for displaying.

Step 6

Wash and dry a tall vase large enough to hold the orchid arrangement. Fill with cool water. Transfer the orchids to the vase after displaying for a special event.

Step 7

Cut the ends of the orchids daily as instructed in the previous step.

Step 8

Empty and replace the water in the vase daily. Store the orchid vase in the refrigerator for later display.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never place orchid arrangements in direct sunlight to prevent wilting.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife or box cutter
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Cutting board
  • Tall vase


  • "Easy Orchids: The Fail-Safe Guide to Growing Orchids Indoors"; Liz Johnson; 2009
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Lisha Smith writes for several blogs and has freelanced for six years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Greensboro in psychology. Smith has self-published several books. Her areas of experience include gardening, cooking, home improvement, pets and mental health.