Tools and Gifts 2018-04-09T11:02:44+00:00

Welcome to the Orchid Bliss Resource Guide

Please note that some of these resources contain affiliate links. That means that at no additional cost to you, I may receive a small commission on these products. I only recommend products that I know and trust.

These are all products that have helped me, personally, to grow healthy orchids. I have found a lot of pleasure in growing several varieties of orchids and have benefited from these resources.

ReBlooming

Keiki Power Pro

If you want your Phalaenopsis orchid to produce more flowers, then Keiki Power Pro will do that. 

I've used it many times with results. After applying this paste your orchid will produce either a keiki (a baby orchid, an exact clone of the mother plant), or, more often, flowers. 

A little goes a long way, so you'll get lots and lots of flowers with this product.


Grow Light System

Light is the #1 reason for failure to bloom. I use this Pro Light System to successfully bloom everything from Phalaenopsis to Cattleya orchids. 

There are two things I really like about these lights. First, the lights don't get too hot, so you don't have to worry about burning your orchids. Second, you can adjust the lights to the height of your orchids. Since Phalaenopsis are a low light and Cattleyas are are high light orchid, you can lower the lights for Cattleyas and bring the lights up higher for Phalaenopsis.

Once your orchids are in bloom, you can move them from the lights to a location where you can enjoy the flowers.


Dyna-Gro Fertilizer

Judicious use of fertilizer will help you to grow stunningly beautiful orchids. Fertilizers will enhance your orchids in every way including: blooming, root systems and leaves, fight off disease and overall health. 

Dyna-Gro is the fertilizer that I personally use and recommend for successfully growing orchids.


Potting Tools

Orchid Potting Mix

Of all the orchid mixes that are available, this is the one that I use and trust. 

Jack's orchid mixes are formulated with top-quality ingredients and are pH tested to ensure healthy orchids.

The Universal Mix is designed for mature orchids such as Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium, Oncidium and Cattleya.

Bonsai Jack also offers a Miniature and Seedling Mix created for mini and seedling orchids and other orchids that prefer a more compact potting medium such as Paphiopedilum and Cymbidium.

I highly recommend and personally use Bonsai Jack's orchid mixes for potting orchids.


Pruning Shears

These pruners are the BEST! I use them all the time. They are sharp and cut cleanly, every time. 

These pruners feel just right in your hand (right or left). I use them when potting, to clean away dead roots, trimming flower spikes and for cutting away dead leaves.


Butane Kitchen Torch

A kitchen torch may be the last thing you expected to see on this resource page. This torch is a fast and easy way to sterilize your pruning shears. 

Before and after using my pruning shears, I pass the tips of the shears through the flame to keep from passing pathogens between orchids.

This is the torch I use and recommend. It's small, fits comfortably in my hand and is easy to use.

Galvanized Rhizome Clips

These rhizome clips are a must-have when potting orchids (especially Cattleyas). Without these, the orchid will press up out of the pot. Believe me, I know this from sad experience. 

These are the rhyzome clips I use to keep my orchid's roots systems in place.

This link is for 4" clips. Buy clips based on the diameter of your orchid pot.


Pots

Slotted Clear Orchid Pots

Having trouble deciding if your orchid needs more water...or not? The guessing game ends here with these clear plastic liner pots. You'll always be able to see the roots, soil, and water condensation on the inside of the pot. These pots can literally be a lifesaver when watering your orchids.

Made of durable plastic. No flimsy sides here. With lots of drainage holes, these pots allow for plenty of airflow and water drainage.

I use these as liners and slip them inside a more stable decorative pot. I highly recommend these slotted clear orchid pots. 

This link goes to 3" orchid pots. Be sure to select the right size for your orchid.


Carousel Orchid Pot

Looking for a pot that provides superior drainage? The Carousel Pot does just that. There are drainage holes on the bottom, so your orchid never sits in water. The saucer at the bottom is detachable from the pot, so you can easily discard excess water. Also, there is a space between the base of the pot and the saucer, an extra precaution against the orchid sitting in water. 

This pot makes repotting a breeze. Side slats are not connected at the top. Simply slide the orchid out the top of the pot. Crazy orchid roots can grow out wherever they want,  just slide the up and out of the pot, no damage done. 

These pots are especially nice for Dendrobiums as they don't appreciate repotting. I am not aware of an orchid pot that doesn't disturb the roots like the Carousel Pot.

These pots are the ideal orchid pot-an ingenious design, but they do come with a price-tag.

I love my Carousel Orchid Pot and recommend you give one a try.


Orchids & Gifts

Mini Phalaenopsis Orchids

I have scoured the internet looking for superior quality Phalaenopsis orchids available at a reasonable price. I am so pleased to recommend these orchids from Floralistic

These orchids come in a 3" pot and a variety of colors-you pick the color you like best.

These orchids are potted in sphagnum moss, which is ideal for shipping. The roots and potting media stays in place.

After the orchid has finished blooming, I recommend potting the orchid in Bonsai Jack's Miniature and Seedling Mix.


Orchid Terrarium

Another quality item from Floralistic; you'll love these 12" mini orchid terrariums. To make it just the way you like, you get to choose the color of the orchid and the reindeer moss. 

These terrariums make lovely gifts and are perfect for weddings and other celebrations.


EBook

What to Do with Your Grocery Store Orchid

You've purchased, or been gifted, an orchid from your local grocery store and now you're wondering how in the world to care for it.

No worries. In this step-by-step guide you'll discover everything you need to know to care for the Phalaenopsis, or moth orchid. With full-color photographs, detailed instructions, and bonus guides, I'll show you how to care for your orchid.

In addition to care tips on light, temperature, air circulation, watering, humidity, fertilizing, potting and re-blooming you'll even get some styling instructions so you can create your own orchid arrangement.

After reading this book you'll learn that orchids need not be the world's longest-lasting throw-away bouquet, instead they are the world's longest-lasting flower bouquet that blooms, and keep on blooming--for years!


I hope these product recommendations help you the way they have helped me to care for my orchids. If you have any questions about any of these products, please email me at anna@orchidbliss.com.