How to Care for an Orchid Corsage

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bag

  • Refrigerator

  • Lukewarm water

  • Spray bottle

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The cattleya orchid is often called the "corsage orchid" because of its popularity in orchid corsage arrangements, but many different types of orchids are also used in corsages. Orchids are a good choice for a corsage because even a lone orchid is visually striking, and even more so when clustered with other orchids or attractive greenery. After a long night of dancing and bumping into people, your orchid might appear a bit listless and even bruised, but there are a few steps you can take to keep it bright and perky.


Step 1

Unwrap your orchid immediately after you have it in your possession.

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Step 2

Spray your corsage with lukewarm water, about 50 to 60 degrees. Orchids love humidity, so take a spray bottle filled with lukewarm water and give your orchid a little shower.

Step 3

After spraying it with water, place it in a plastic produce bag and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to wear it. If the corsage is made of anthurium orchids, do not put them in the refrigerator.

Step 4

Avoid exposing your orchid to extreme cold. Carry it in a box if you have to travel at all.


Step 5

Keep orchid corsages looking fresh for a second day by unwrapping the stems and placing them in water. Keep the orchid somewhere cool, but not in the refrigerator. With proper care, your cattleya orchids can last from five to seven days.


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