Orchids are highly unusual flowers. Not only is this diverse plant one the oldest in existence, but it has the ability to grow in varying conditions and climates.
In their native tropical environments, Phalaenopsis orchids will grow new leaves in the summer or early fall and sprout a new stalk in the winter. Fresh new flowers will bloom in late winter or early spring.
This year National Orchid Day falls on Tuesday 16th April, but you can keep the celebration going for longer, as April is also National Orchid Month. So, to celebrate the beauty of Orchids we have decided to do a Q&A with Adrian Banks, owner of Dodsworth’s, the supplier of our stunning Orchids here at Seaham Hall.
On National Orchid Day itself Seaham Hall Serenity Spa will also have Orchids available to purchase in reception; all money from this will go to the National Trust who work hard to keep nature special for ever, for everyone.
How often are the Orchids at Seaham Hall changed?
Your hotel orchids are changed every 4 weeks to keep them fresh.
How do they first arrive?
Orchids always come planted in bark and a see through pot. This is because unlike many other plants it’s the roots that need light.
When does my Orchid need watering?
A good indication of if your orchid needs watering is to look at the roots. If the roots are green it’s fine. If the roots are white water is needed. Be sure to use no more than ¼ cup for a full-size orchid; otherwise you run the risk of over watering, which can cause root rot.
Where is the best place to keep my Orchid?
Finding the best places to keep your orchid isn’t as hard as you think. Although they’re tropical plants, orchids grow in many different environments. They’re sophisticated and beautiful on the outside, but on the inside, they are strong adaptable plants. But though they’re tough, they’re not invincible.
Given plenty of light and warmth the orchid will keep flowering. Avoid drafts and cold places. A blast of cold air only for a short while is enough to kill off your orchid.
What do I do when my Orchid stops blooming?
If you would like to re-bloom your Orchid, remove stake and clips first. Evaluate the health of the stems. If they are still green and healthy, cut the spike an inch above the healthiest node (usually the one closest to the bloom). Remove any brown stems.