What You Need to Know About Orchid Plants for the Patio

I love Orchards even though they have no scent. I just enjoy looking at them! They come in hundreds, if not thousands of colors each in various shapes and different sized green leaves. Some look like little ballet dancers while others might look like a slipper and appropriately named by their appearance.

Orchids make lovely wrist corsages or corsages pinned and worn on top of a dress or gown. Receiving an orchid from a date or a mate is something to brag about, and takes precedence over receiving Carnation Corsage. There truly is something really special about orchid and as such, usually ends up being dried and pressed inside of a memory book.


A few weeks ago I passed a man selling Orchid Plants on a street corner. I stopped to gawk at them, because, quite honestly, they were huge! The man saw me looking at them and walked over, introduced himself, and began telling me a little history of the Orchid plant. He showed me the flowers of one plant and went on to explain to others. Each had a different look, shape, size, and color. He called one the Ballerina Orchid since it looked just like little Ballerinas hanging on each branch. Another plant looked like and aptly known as the Slipper Orchid. He mesmerized me with his Orchid tales, and I remained there for what seemed like hours completely engrossed in his story of the Orchid Plant.

A few months later I again came in contact with an Orchid Plant. These were smaller in size, less expensive but just as beautiful and colorful. They were being sold in the floral section of my local supermarket. I stopped to look, and pretty soon found myself attempting to select between two plants. Each had a different shape and color and each would look good on my patio. I had a hard time choosing between the white and the pink and red, so I bought both and rushed to get them home.

I found a perfect spot for them on my patio. Both Orchid plants fit perfectly on the patio table near the sliding glass doors, and not directly in the sun. The orchids that are there in my garden were a perfect match for my patio furniture and added to the beauty of my furniture. Each time I walked past them I found myself smiling. They really were beautiful. Little did I know that in a very short time they would be turning out to be a problem rather than a joy –the end of my love of the orchid and the start of the orchids driving me crazy. 

I began noticing dropped leaves. As soon as I picked one leaf off the floor, another leaf dropped. I gave them Orchid plant food but it did not help! I added nutrients to the water and this time the flower started drooping and closing. No longer were they a joy to look at and no longer was I enjoying them. I Google searched to see what I could do to save my beautiful Orchid friends and tried some suggestions but nothing seemed to help.

I fed them, talked to them and babied them, but the Orchid Plants continued to deteriorate. One of them, by now, had only stemmed with no leaves or flowers. I moved the plants to a different location on the patio, but it did not help. The plants were dying and nothing I could do seemed to be saving them. I even phoned the Orchid Farm–to no avail.

By this time, I should have tossed the plants out with the morning garbage collection, but I did not have the heart to do this!. I was determined to save them, but whatever I tried to do, did not seem to work! If I watered them, they drooped, If I did not water them, they still drooped and the leaves fell off. If I sprayed them, their leaves had water spots on them and if I did not spray the leaves, they wilted. I just could not win either way –no matter what I did or did not do.

This is still an ongoing problem and I am still trying to get them to have regrowth of leaves and hopefully a flower growth. I moved the plants to a different location on the patio. I moved them off the table and placed them on the floor where they are getting indirect sun. They look as if they like it there, as they have started to sprout a leaf or two. I cut off part of a dead stem, and a leaf is growing above the cut, so there is hope yet that they might come back to life.

I check on my Cactus plant daily. I talk to them and water them only once a week. I give them the same plant food as I give my other plants, and they seem to like it. I note a bit of life in my no longer beautiful plants but hope that one day, they will produce a flower.

Anyway, I will never again buy a Cactus Plant. They are not easy to care for or grow and the enjoyment I got from gazing at their flowers, was for less time than it is for me to nurse them back to health.

I noticed that my local Supermarket has Orchid Plants on sale again. I started walking away when I realized that these plants were not real!

I think I might just buy a few as these need no care and will look beautiful out on my patio.

Throwing them out is not an option! yet!