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Tip for success If you own a glue gun, available from craft and hardware stores, use it for this project; the hot glue will ensure a firmer hold and a longerlasting arrangement. Making an orchid corsage 1 Choose a plain, four-holed button. Thread two thin pieces of ribbon through it, giving two parallel strips that can be tied around the wrist. Use the button reverse-side-up so there is a smooth surface on which to place the arrangement. 2 Pick two trimmed leaves, applying a leaf-shining product first, if you wish, and glue them on firmly to cover the button and provide a base for the orchid.

After this, ventilate a little during the day to stop excessive buildup of moisture. Increase ventilation again after six weeks. After about six months, the keiki should be large enough to be repotted into fresh potting media. Handle it carefully. Propagate orchids from back bulbs Remove bulb Use a knife to remove a hard, green back bulb (see Glossary), with a bud at its base, plus a small amount of root. Plant in a small pot of damp, fine bark medium and place in a shaded propagator. Mist and ventilate.

Choose long-lasting, structured foliage to complement the flower. Tip for success If you have time, wrapping the stems of your chosen foliage and orchid separately, before taping them together (in step 3), will make your arrangement even sturdier. Orchid boutonniere 1 Cut an orchid flower with a short stem, then push florist’s wire up into the back of the flower, through the stem. Push a finer piece of wire through the stem at right angles to the first. Loop it down on both sides and twist together. 2 Next, wire your chosen foliage.

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