The orchid made it safely into the house and past the cats. I shut them in the basement, which is no easy task. It is easy to get them downstairs since that is where the food and ever-important litter boxes are. The hard part is getting back to the stairwell with them behind me. Frankie almost made it past me, but I managed to get the door closed without any paws being squished.
This is what they look like when they get along… which is pretty rare, I grant you:
Orchids like bright, indirect light… temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees and humidity from 55 to 75 percent. We keep the house cool, so that shouldn’t be a problem. The light is probably okay, too.
I put the orchid in what used to be the spare bedroom, but is becoming more of my Master Gardener room. It is on the west side of the house and will have the best light and still be safe from the boys.
The humidity is what concerns me the most. We do not have a humidifier, although we usually don’t have too much problem with static electricity. However, when Mother Nature provides a nice cold front with lots of wind and dry air and then we pet the cats (or just stand up from the couch), we get some good sparks going. The cats hate it when we get their noses. I don’t think I would like that either!
In order to, hopefully, fix the humidity issue, I bought a short, wide glass bowl at a hobby shop along with some small river rocks. I then put the pot on top of the rocks, squishing it in just enough to keep it stable.
I added enough water to just cover the rocks. This should allow the water to evaporate around the plant and keep it humid enough to be happy.
I am very good about over- and under-watering houseplants. I don’t have to worry about this one. The tag called this a “Just Add Ice Orchid” because you only have to give it three ice cubes a week. I can do that!
It has been in the house for a week now and the cats haven’t noticed it, I’ve managed to remember the ice cubes and the plant looks healthy. So far, so good.
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This post was written by Eileen Loan on February 10, 2012