How to make a living centerpiece with Orchids and Ferns for a long-lasting tabletop garden.
In recent years, I have really grown to appreciate Orchids. If you chose one correctly, you could have flowers for months! In fact, I find myself purchasing one every 6 months for long-lasting flowers on my mantel.
In addition to the orchid on our mantel, I like having fresh flowers on our dining room table but buying fresh flowers every week can become costly. So, I decided to use the stalwart Orchid and combine it with another long-lived indoor plant, ferns, for a long-lasting, living centerpiece.
While these two plants look beautiful together, they have different water needs. To accommodate that, I separated the orchid from the soil that would hold the ferns. This way I can control the water that each receives.
Ferns need more water than orchids. I find that putting one ice cube in with the orchid and actually watering the ferns each week provides just the right amount of water for each. Carefully water the ferns so that water doesn’t run into the orchid cup. As I said, this living centerpiece has been going strong since March!
Update after 18 months: I lost one fern before I realized that I had been overwatering. When I pulled out the dead fern, I realized that there was a good deal of standing water in the bottom of the bowl. I replanted a fern 6 months ago and began using a water meter. I only add more water to the bowl if the water meter shows that the soil is dry and the ferns are thriving.
I know that I should get about six months out of the orchid, and it will be easy to replace when its time is up. (I’m still trying to get my orchids to rebloom…that’s a whole ‘nother story. I’ll let you know when I do, but I would welcome any tips you might have to help me in that endeavor!)
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