Orchids are gorgeous plants, but they're not as easy to maintain as hardier plants. An ice cube may be the trick to keeping orchids from dying.
Photo by Valerie Everett
House Beautiful explains that the ice cube slowly waters the orchid, rather than drowning it:
First, repot your orchid into a vase using potting soil, if it isn't already in a vase, and then water the orchid with one ice cube a week. For larger orchids, use two ice cubes a week. The ice cube melts slowly and gives the orchid a slow drip of hydration, so that it doesn't drown it.
I have a mini orchid that actually came with these instructions, and it is the only orchid out of many I've owned before that has so far survived my plant-killing tendencies.
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