Orchids and parenting

August 11, 2011

Dear Max

Yesterday I received a gift of an orchid that brought tears to my eyes for two reasons. First, I was very touched by it and it lifted my spirits enormously, plus it’s a really gorgeous flower. Second, I crapped myself that I’m going to kill ANOTHER orchid.

I’ve had about three orchids before and they’ve both faced a similar fate – death owing to neglect/overfeeding/underfeeding/an owner not knowing WTF to do.

They say that looking after a plant or orchid is more difficult than looking after a child, but I think they tell us that to:
a) make us have children
b) feel less guilty about killing plants

So this is my gameplan, and fortunately I have a comprehensive list of dos and don’ts to help me along. I’m also going to apply a similar strategy to caring for it as I do to parenting:
– Don’t overfeed, don’t underfeed
– Give it love and TLC
– Have patience
– Have confidence
– Sunshine is good. In moderation
– If illness strikes, take a deep breath, and tackle it head on
– If pests abound, find the best way to treat them, and try not to run around screaming if pests are spotted

I’ll report back. I’m determined to make this work.


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  • taniaroux

    I received an orchid when the girls were born and someone suggested I keep it in the bathroom where it gets light and steam. Best advice I ever got.
    I also am in the habit of watering it only on a Sunday night and I leave it in the sink so that all the water runs out and it doesn’t stand in the water. It has flowered twice and it desperately needs to be repotted, but it’s still alive (touch wood).
    All the best!

    August 11, 2011 at 8:11 am Reply
    • Tanya Kovarsky

      Thank you for tips – really appreciate it. *holds thumbs*

      August 11, 2011 at 8:55 am Reply
  • cat@juggling act

    The most important thing with orchids is that they do not want to stand in water. I give mine to my mom to nurture. I am soon going to do a blogpost about her one orchid palnt which has 11 stems this year. Kids you not – and each has about 10 flowers on it.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:23 am Reply
  • Lauren

    I think orchards are the most beautiful flowers ever – unfortunately, I definately do not have green fingers and I struggle to keep most plants alive!

    Good luck with this one 🙂

    August 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm Reply
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