Display Stunning Orchids

Stems of rich ruby-red flowers, set off by a basket-weave container, create a spectacular display for a windowsill. This orchid will flower for many weeks and is very easy to look after.

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Purple Massai Red OrchidEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

When to Plant: late spring
At Its Best: late spring to summer
Time to Complete: 30 minutes

Materials Needed:

  • large plastic-lined basket
  • expanded clay pebbles
  • garden moss or moss-like substitute
  • thin wooden stakes
  • Colmanara 'Massai Red'

Line the Container

If your container doesn't have an integrated lining, use a sheet of plastic to line it. Then add a layer of expanded clay pebbles, which absorb water and slowly release it to increase humidity.

Pebbles at Container Bottom Absorb WaterEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add the Orchids

Keeping the orchids in their pots, arrange them in the basket. Make sure that their flowering stems are well spaced out for maximum impact. Stake any wayward stems to create a fanlike shape.

Arrange Orchids in BasketEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Fill the Gaps

Hold the orchid pots upright and fill around them using more expanded clay pebbles. Firm them down gently to ensure that they hold the plants in place, which can be top-heavy when in flower.

Clay Pebbles for OrchidsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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