Rose Symbolism: Everything You Need to Know

October 17, 2017

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6 Tropical Flower Arrangements for the Perfect Gift

September 18, 2017

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Sunflower Care for a Freshly-Cut Bouquet

August 15, 2017

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How to Keep an Orchid Alive

July 19, 2017

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While they are beautiful and make great gifts, orchids have a reputation for being difficult to care for. Luckily, with a few tips and tricks, you’ll discover that your orchid can bloom year after year with proper care. To help, we have laid out a guide on how to keep an orchid alive to help you keep this beautiful plant fresh and fruitful.

Purchasing Your Orchid

The first step in your journey is purchasing your plant. Many people do not consider how important choosing the right orchid is, but this step should not be overlooked.

When to buy an orchid

An orchid with bright, colorful blossoms seems like the obvious choice when choosing a plant, but an orchid in bloom will end up being much harder to keep alive over the years. Why? Because flowering requires an incredible amount of energy from the plant, it is important to take extra care of your plant during this delicate stage.

While it’s tempting to buy an orchid in bloom, elect for one with buds and focus on these elements of the plant:

  • How it is planted—Are the roots firmly planted into the soil? If yes, this will be a sturdy and viable option for you.

  • Root color—A healthy orchid has light green roots when dry and dark green roots. when wet. Tan, shriveled roots, on the other hand, are a sign of dead roots.

  • Leaves—While different orchid types will have differing leaf styles, look for an orchid with sturdy, yellow-green leaves.

  • Bulbs—A healthy orchid will have plump, round bulbs.

  • Name—Is the specific type of orchid listed? Knowing the exact type of orchid you’re buying will help you better understand and care for your plant.


Depending on what condition you buy your orchid in, you might need to replant it. For a long-lasting plant, here is what you need to know about planting your orchid:

  • Soil—Your orchid will thrive in a moist, well-draining environment. Moss, bark, sand, rocks and even charcoal can be used in addition to soil to help keep your orchid happy.

  • Planting—Plant your orchid in a shallow pot as they do not like to be kept in a lot of soil.

  • Drainage—To avoid rot, plant your orchid in a well-draining pot that doesn’t let the water sit in the saucer.


Once your plant is potted, finding a suitable place for it to live will directly influence its flowering habits and lifespan. East- and South-facing windows and rooms are preferred because of the abundant morning light. Avoid a room with lots of direct sunlight throughout the day as this can dry out the leaves. Not enough sunlight, however, will not give the flower enough energy to bloom.


The next thing to consider with how to keep an orchid alive is watering. Orchids are oftentimes overwatered, causing rot. Typically, your orchid should be watered weekly—a little more in the summer (growing season) and a little less in the winter (dormant season).

When watering, use a tool with a narrow spout so that the crown stays dry (the center of the plant). You can use a paper towel to wipe up any excess water. For best results, water underneath the leaves.

Orchids also need humidity (about 50-70%). In drier climates like Colorado, it’s important to use a spray bottle to mist your orchid daily so that it does not dry out.


Feeding your orchid will help it live a long, happy life. When searching for the right fertilizer, look those containing nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), which will help your plant bloom faster and fuller.

Feed your orchid once a week, but make sure to skip the fertilizer and use clean water every once in a while to avoid salt buildup.

If cared for properly, an orchid makes a great addition to any household. Caring for an orchid is easy for anyone who is willing to put in the initial work. Once you master how to keep an orchid alive you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful plant that yields spectacular flowers year after year.

To learn more about orchids or purchase one for you or a loved one, search our collection at Amore Fiori today!

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Condolence Flowers: What You Need to Know

June 5, 2017

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Sometimes life isn’t always kind to us. We may make our way through life, enjoying every accomplishment, reveling in the great experiences and making the most out of every opportunity we have. However, there are bound to be instances that will leave us hurting. While you may not be suffering a loss, perhaps someone you are close to is. Loss can be devastating, which is why we completely understand how important it is to comfort those around you. We know condolence flowers won’t heal the wounds, but they can certainly help to add some brightness to such a dark time. More →

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Wedding Flowers: 3 Things to Know When Choosing Your Bouquet

May 29, 2017

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You will walk down the aisle, vow your love and life to another person, and you will even honor a tradition, all with your bridal bouquet. It certainly plays a huge role within your wedding, which is why we take so much pride in helping you find the best wedding flowers and arranging them to be unique to you and your wedding! More →

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Surprise Mom with Mother’s Day Flowers

May 8, 2017

Mother’s Day is approaching fast, which means that it is time to find the perfect Mother’s Day flowers to gift.

Mother’s Day flowers

Your mother is one of the most important woman within your life. So, you will certainly want to show her how much she means to you. With the memories of every night she tucked you in, every boo-boo she kissed better, and every hug she wrapped you in when you were down, Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity for you to show your appreciation.

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How to Pick the Perfect Prom Flowers

May 1, 2017

Prom is right around the corner, so you will certainly want to be adorned with beautiful prom flowers!

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This is such an exciting time within your high school life, at least it was for us! Our days of prom might be over, but we still get the opportunity to adorn you with gorgeous prom flowers!

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Administrative Professionals Day: The Best Flowers to Give Your Admin

April 24, 2017

Administrative Professionals Day is such a wonderful holiday.

Administrative Professionals Day

Could you imagine your life without your administrative professionals? You would have to sort through every message, plan every meeting, and pick up all the extra work that your staff does for you on a daily basis. They certainly lead a rich and busy work life.

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Consider an Indoor Potted Bulb Garden This Season

April 17, 2017

Gardening is a gorgeous, fragrant, soothing pastime, which is why an indoor potted bulb garden should certainly be considered.

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Outdoor gardening is of course beautiful, as it surrounds your home with lovely blooms. However, you can bring that beauty inside of your home with an indoor potted bulb garden.

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