June 9, 2009

Silk Orchids - Complete Buyers Guide

By D Randolph

Silk Orchids are great in any room. The elegant orchid is probably the most romanticized and celebrated plant among world-class gardeners and flower enthusiasts. It is known for its stunning flowers and graceful stature. Use these showy plants where you want to add a touch of class, a splash of color, to your home decor or office decor.

Like all fake flowers, silk orchids last for years (and bloom year round). Silk flowers are low maintenance. They require the same care as most furniture casual dusting and occasional cleaning. High quality silk Orchids maintain their shape and color for many years.

Here's what you need to know:

Form: Silk Orchids can be found in several forms. You can buy them as stems to be place in a vase or floral arrangement. You can buy them in a potted form, this is the most prevalent form. Or you can buy an orchid arrangement that is usually stems and greenery in a clear glass vase with faux water. Potted Silk Orchids are the most common form. These come out of the box and ready to place. Limited shaping can be done. You'll be able to find a potted orchid in most popular species and in many colors.

Species: Here's the most popular species - Cattleya, Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Lady Slipper, Moon Orchids, Odontoglossum, Oncidium, Phalaenopsis, Spider, Vanda. Of these, Cybidium, Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis and Vanda are the best sellers. Each species is unique but they can be categorized in several ways.

Tall & Skinny: Cymbidium, Moon, Odontoglossum, Phalaenopsis & Spider

Full: Cattleya, Dendrobium , Lady Slipper, Oncidium and Vanda

Large Showy Flowers: Dendrobium, Moon, Phalaenopsis

Smaller Flowers: Cymbidium, Spider, Lady Slipper and Oncidium

Colors: The choices are many so you can match most any decor. There is also an Orchid color which is a light purple. Yellows and Purples are the most common but there are creams, whites, burgundy, reds, oranges and greens. There are also some exotic colors. Phalaenopsis, Spider and Vanda are good choices if you are looking for exotic colors.

Styles: When people think Orchid, they are typically imagining a Moon or Phalaenopsis Orchid. Cattleya and Dendrobium are the most unusual of the orchid styles. Spider and Cymbidium are the most understated.

Price: The great thing about silk orchids is usually a small number of them really makes a color statement. Often a potted silk Orchid will only have a single stem so you can find a very affordable piece. Potted Orchids typically sell for $25-50. Stems typically are sold in dozens and sell for $5-7 per stem.

Silk Orchids are a great way to dress up in any room.

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