How to Care for a Fresh Orchid Before Making a Corsage

Overview

The stark shape of the orchid lends a dramatic presence to many corsages. Orchids come in a variety of colors and patterns and complement any wardrobe. Care must be taken during the picking and handling of the orchid to keep it fresh both before and after adding it to a corsage. With the right handling, you can help the blossom stay perky and colorful.

Step 1

Wet your hands. This minimizes the risk of tearing or bruising the fragile orchid blossom while you're handling it.

Step 2

Choose an orchid blossom on the plant that's fully opened. Unlike many other types of flowers, orchids don't open more after they've been picked. Once you've chosen a blossom, cut it off of the plant at an angle and place it in a dish of water.

Step 3

Add standard cut-flower food--sold at many gift shops and nurseries--to the water according to the specific product's guidelines, since potency varies by product. Such products contain pH adjusters and plant food to keep the orchid blossom healthy and hydrated.

Step 4

Mist the orchid flower with a thin layer of room-temperature water once it is part of the corsage and no longer sitting in the enriched water. This keeps the blossom from drying out and wilting.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't refrigerate your orchid blossom. Orchids are tropical plants and the flowers will react negatively to the cold temperatures.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Dish
  • Water
  • Cut-flower water additive
  • Spray bottle

References

  • "Orchids for Dummies"; Steven Frowine and the National Gardening Association; 2005
  • "Understanding Orchids: An Uncomplicated Guide"; William Cullina; 2004

Who Can Help

  • The American Orchid Society
Keywords: keep orchid fresh, orchid corsage, fresh flower care

About this Author

Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.