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Use these easy techniques to ensure that your orchids stand out from the crowd.

     With their always-gorgeous, extremely long-lasting blooms, orchids are incredible values that customers continue to crave, even if they are pinching their pennies. Especially appreciated for their dramatic spikes bursting with blooms, moth orchids (Phalaenopsis) have unmistakable eye appeal, but traditional species such as these have become almost ubiquitous in supermarket floral departments.

     To ensure that customers take note of yours, dress up your Phalaenopsis supplies for added value and to give them a fresh look. Here are multiple methods for differentiating your orchids from those of your competitors; just remember to modify your prices accordingly.
 
Serving both decorative and functional purposes, a seemingly haphazard coil of aluminum wire supports the dramatic blooms and contributes a hint of shimmer. To create somewhat uniform coils, wrap the aluminum wire around a dowel, and then slide the wire off the dowel. Stretch the coiled wire where needed to loosen it, and wrap it around the plant and bloom spike.
MATERIALS: Mother’s Day Collection ceramic pots from Global Pottery; Oasis™ Strong Pink Aluminum Wire from Smithers-Oasis; orchid plant from favorite supplier.
 

Repeating the lavender-pink hue of the moth orchid blooms, finely chopped heather conceals a pot that is “hidden” inside a clear glass urn. In the background, a pristine moth orchid plant is nestled into a flared ceramic vessel, where its brilliant blooms naturally bow. Tags suspended by twine can be used for pricing or sentiments.

 



MATERIALS: Flared Pot from Jim Marvin Enterprises; glass urn from Meyer Imports; heather and orchid plants from favorite suppliers.

Phalaenopsis orchid blossoms, with their regal petals, have a tendency to steal the show. By comparison, intrigue at the container level is minimal, but some easy enhancements ensure continuing visual interest from bloom to base. In the foreground, a raffia nest filled with color-matched wooden eggs does the trick while, in the background, pink-and-green polka-dot plants supplement the orchid foliage.

HOW TO

Cut raffia into bits approximately 1-inch in length, and place them into a shallow disposable container.



Spray the raffia pieces with adhesive, and shake them around in the container until they stick together in a ball-like clump.


Allow the adhesive to dry partially. While the adhesive is slightly tacky, form the mass of raffia into a “nest.” Once the desired shape is achieved, spray the finished “nest” with adhesive, and allow it to dry.



MATERIALS: containers from AA Importing, Inc.; orchid plants from Alex R. Masson; raffia from Knud Nielsen Company; Tack 2000 spray adhesive from Design Master Color Tool; wooden eggs from favorite suppliers.















 



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