Orchid Experiences from Orchid Lovers like You
"Just a note- my JAIO plant is 2 years old and is blooming for the 3rd time...9 blossoms!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!"
"Hi everyone i was given a orchids for my birthday in nov. I was worried that i would kill it by watering it to much , i have been watering once a week , i love it so much , that i brought myself a other one . And decide i would my best to take care of them . i work in a gocery store here in B.C. this man came through my till ,and had two orchids . I ask how does he take care of them , he told me to go to this site to find out ,and iam so glad i found it thank you so much for this site."
Andrea - Campbell River, British Columbia
"An orchid was given to me by a couple who were grateful for me finding their two dogs. My mother was in a nursing facility so I brought the orchid to her and put it on a sill in front of her bed. A few weeks later my mother was dying and we all gathered around her bed. I told her we loved her and that she could go now. She died within 10 seconds. It was very peaceful. When we were cleaning up the room, I noticed that a petal had fallen from the orchid. My aunt told me that it had fallen when my mother passed. Later the hospice nurse was there and related a story about how my mother had said she was going to "fly right on outta here." I like to think that my mother bumped into the orchid when she left her earthly body. Ever since then, orchids have been important to me. I didn't know how to take care of them back then and that orchid died. Now I have a Just add ice Orchid and have learned a lot about the care and upkeep on the website. Thank you!"
Diane D. - Ortonville, MI
"Hello while I was quite ill I got an orchid form my daughter each month. I was thrilled at having them as I was home bound and bed ridden for such a long time over 2 years. I am better now on not allowed to travel on my own. The orchids keep me great compnay whne in bloom. They make me smile. She went out of her wayt to bring it home to and she had to bring it home with her office work and travel 2 1/2 hours each to work. I truly apprecited at how she madce sure the plant did not get crushed or brokne in the subway system of New York and the buses she had to take to come home. I wish for her the 2nd orchid and if at all possuble the best of the 2 if I win? She is the mother of my twin grandaughters who bring such joy in to the household and she and her hubby enjoy the orchids with me when they bloom, the twins love to watch this miracle before their eyes .and it is a family affair here with the orchids. Thanks for this oppertunity to win if possible?"
Bexaida R. - Staten Island, NY
"I love Orchids...they give me a sense of calm and balance in my home...I don't have much luck with upkeep but enjoy them when they are in full bloom...I also like to buy the orchids that are placed in a vase which luck so elegant! If you could give me tips on how to care for them maybe I would like to take up the hobby! P.S. I even like to talk to them...shhhh don't tell anyone!! jejeje...Thanks for a great site!"
Leticia A. - Los Angeles, CA
"We have approximately 50+ orchids--actually hundreds if you count the ones planted in our yard. My husband is the real "expert" in our home. I have seen him take a seemingly dead orchid that someone we know has given up on and with loving care bring it back to life. He can also tell you the story of each orchid in our home and in our yard. He knows who gave it to him, when they gave it and how many times it has bloomed. He has such a personal relationship with each one that when it gets a flower stem beginning on it he will say "Look babe, it is giving me a flower". He gives them care and they give him flowers. The result is that we always have beautiful orchids blooming in our home. What a blessing!!!"
Janet C. - Laguna Beach, CA
"I have MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and many other health problems. When you sit outside and just look at them moving in the wind and the fresh smell it's so healing and peaceful. It's the best escape,and you tend to forget about the pain and stress most of the time. All HAIL the ORCHIDS !!!"
Lyne R. - Quincy, IL
"My good friends tiffanie and Jen bought me a plant for my birthday last nov. I have gotten so many wonderful comments about how pretty the plant and flowers are. It has bloomed since then. Now the buds r starting to fade. But I look forward to many more beautiful flowers . I just love it.. White flowers. Thank u."
Kim S. - Thornon, IL
"I used to grow orchids on a farm in Hilo, Hawaii. I now live in Minnesota and have recently found your orchids at a local Cub store. I LOVE THEM!! They are so healthy looking and so full of buds. It is doing very well in my Minnesota home, even though it has to live under a clear plastic bag to maintain the required humidity. Love............."
Lynn N. - Jordan, MN
"I was told a year ago that I have lymphoma and I have been on chemo for a while now and a week before christmas I was told that I am in remission and my daughter and son-in-law brought me one of your orchids as a surprise for my good news. I am trying really hard to read all of your information so I can keep it alive. Thank you for sharing this information."
Susan S. - Joplin, MO
"My birthday was in December and before my birthday I saw them for sale. I wanted one pretty bad but had to spend my money on more needed items. So I waited. My birthday came and passed and even though I hinted at the orchid no one got one for me. Then it went on sale, and I hinted and hinted at it to my boyfriend, more like bashed him over the head with I want an orchid and they're on sale, buy one for me. Still no orchid. I even had a dream I got one. Then Their wasn't any more. I checked what money I had on my card not too long ago and I had unexpected money on it. (which I didn't think of the orchid any more cause they were gone) So my boyfriend and I went shopping at another location and I figured I would check to see if they had any just cause... And they did! I found the one I liked the best grabbed it and told my boyfriend I'm getting it! I'm not waiting anymore, I'm just getting it. So I bought it and I love it. I love looking at when I wake up or where ever it is. I'm so happy I got it!"
Lisa L. - Steger, IL
"My orchid experience has been wonderful. Among all of the flowering plants I have in my home, they are indeed my favorite. I love the surprise I receive when I walk into a room and see that one has flowered because you never know when they will or if they will but when they do - My! My! My! My love for orchids was happenstance. I currently have six orchids but have purchased only one. I received them all as a gift from a guy I use to work with. He loved to purchase them but would then get rid of them once they stopped blooming. He knew I loved plants and would give them to me, to which I never turned him down. I love to see how I can 'save' plants. As stated before, these orchids have been my greatest joy and I have gotten them all to bloom and re-bloom throughout the years. I even got a 'keiki' which developed on one of them and to an orchid lover this is truly a great reward."
Debra M. - Fairburn, GA
"I came home after an exhausting week of work. I opened my door and there it was! A beautiful orchid with bright purple/pink blooms. It immediately brightened my day! My sister had it sent to my home as a gift saying that when she saw it, she thought of me. I love plants and have been enjoying the beauty that the orchid brings to my home decor."
Sarah A. - Easton, PA
"Thank you for the beautiful just add ice Orchid. I love it. What a nice surprise as I sure didn't expect to win one. Thank you so much. The color is beautiful. Blessings."
Rose F. - Coopersville, MI
"beautiful-ice cubes work for me!"
"I now have five orchids. Two have been blooming since September. One of those is shooting up a third flower stalk. One of the others that has bloomed twice before is shooting up another stalk and is developing buds. Several years ago, my daughter-in-law bought me an orchid. I think I overwatered it as it died. Since discovering Just Add Ice orchids, it is so easy to grow them. Now that is NICE!"
Carolyn K. - Kelsey, MN
"I AM RETIRED AND LIVING IN A RETIREMENT VILLAGE. DUE TO HEALTH PROBLEMS I NO LONGER DRIVE SO I TOOK UP KNITTING CHEMO HATS FOR CANCER PATIENTS, A FRIEND DELIVERS THEM TO THE CANCER CENTER FOR ME. MY APARTMENT WAS SO BARE AND LACKED 'SOMETHING'. I HAD A FRIEND TAKE ME TO BUY SOME PLANTS TO LIVEN UP MY SPACE. THEN FOR CHRISTMAS MY SON AND DAUGHTER-IN-LAW GAVE ME A BEAUTIFUL ICE ORCHID - WELL THAT CINCHED IT! I AM IN LOVE! I SUBSCRIBED TO RYAN'S ORCHID CARE E-MAIL WHICH I ENJOY VERY MUCH. NOW I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ANOTHER ORCHID TO CARE FOR. I WATCH THE BLOOMS OPEN AND IT BRINGS ME SO MUCH JOY TO KNOW WHAT GOD DOES FOR US WHEN HE BRINGS US SUCH MARVELOUS MIRACLES. I STILL LOVE AND ENJOY MY OTHER PLANTS, I JUST AM CAREFUL TO NOT LET THEM KNOW WHICH ONE IS MY FAVORITE!! I AM GOING TO TRY MY HAND AT REPOTTING ONCE THE BLOOMS ARE GONE, IN THE MEANTIME, I JUST ENJOY MY BEAUTIFUL ORCHID."
Sarah W. - Yukon, OK
"I love orchids, however this will be the first Valentines Day in many years that I will not be receiving one from my husband (of 53 years). He passed away four months ago and I miss him terribly. He gave me an orchid every year for a Valentine gift because he knew how much I loved them. I miss him and his thoughtfulness and many sweet qualities every day."
Elizabeth T. - Cairo, IL
"March of 2001, my husband passed away suddenly. He retired on Friday and was gone by Saturday evening. We received many beautiful plants, but one was exceptional. A large magnificent white orchid. I have enjoyed it for these past 11 years. When it blooms each years I smile and remember the smile on my husband's face. It brings me peace. I can go on for another year without him."
Anna S. - Covington, GA
"Today is my 13th wedding aniversary, and I was just reading about how orchids can be the brides choice for the wedding flowers. Well actually when I first was engaged I chose to go to a small local florist at the time and I spent an entire day picking out the bouquets for the wedding which as you can see is just after Christmas. Thinking I had done a great job getting the flowers out of the way early, and picking several orchids that look just like my own just add ice orchids, I thought I had time to relax and felt great about my flower choices, when at the end of November the florist called and said that since my wedding was just after Christmas they had decided to close so they were lrtting me know that they were returning my deposit by credit to my future husband's credit card. Needless to say I was devasted, but found a smaller florist in a smaller town that was happy to have the business and did an excellent job but I went with the traditional roses. Thankfuly the original florist went out of business."
Laura G. - Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
"Earlier this year one of my orchids I have at least 20 phals. this particular one developed crown rot I thought it was the end for this plannt it had just bloomed and the spent stem was still attached. About a month after the crown had rotted I notice a new flower stem developing as well as the old stem reblooming I was shocked I thought for sure that this plant was gone. This was around May. About a month ago I noticed a new crown growing and now the stem that rebloomed in May is reblooming again. I don't know but I must have a very green thumb or maybe it's from the super thrive I was feeding it along with my tender loving care."
Sam S. - Rochester, NY
"Wow, there are some really inspiring and emotional stories on here! I can't say that mine is one of those special ones. I got my first orchid (EVER)for Christmas from my husband. He had picked up two from the grocery store, one for my mother and one for me. My response after "Oh, how pretty!!" was: "Oh! Another plant I can kill!" I later read the label... just add ice? I can do that! I don't typically have what you would call a green thumb, but maybe I can handle this! Stay tuned! I enjoyed the videos and forums. Owning an orchid... at least this type, doesn't seem so scary after all. Mom took the pretty pink one. I ended up with the white. I'm amazed at how many different colored flowers there are! If I am successful with this one, I'll have to get more! Beautiful "
Lynnae - High Springs, FL
"I have never had an orchid before in my life,since i came to Canada and i saw every flower shop have them in different varieties and colors, i bought one and i found out i'm in love with this flower, i bought another color and so on, now i have 10 of them with different color and two miniatures some of them have two stem with large flowers, i will keep them till i die, Mahmoud"
Mahmoud F. - Mississauga, ON
"Last mothers day i was away for 10 days icalled back home to a friend and they didnot know i was gone and had left me a orchid was afraid it had died,I called my next door neighbor and told her to go take care of,i came home,it was beautiful,bloomed 3 months,cut it back and now it has put on new leaves and looks like i may have more blooms,my first just ice orchid,i love it.would love to have more,i am 81 and it is just a blessing to me"
Mazel P. - McMinnville, TN
"I got my JAI orchid as a birthday gift from my best friend, and I've had it through some of the most important events of my life, including getting engaged, getting married, and graduating college. Furthermore, my orchid inspired me to write a young adult novel set in the Amazon rainforest, where the most species of orchid are found. The story is about a rare (mythical) orchid which can make people immortal, the scientists who exploit the flower for their own evil ends, and the girl they created with the orchid's powerful nectar. The novel sold to a major publisher in New York a few months ago, thus fulfilling my lifelong dream of becoming a published author. Now I hope to start a collection of orchids, one for each new and exciting experience I have, as reminders of my first orchid which literally helped to make my dreams come true."
Jessica K. - Toccoa, GA
"I've been into gardening for a long time,indoor plants,have always loved orchids, but was afraid I'd kill them with kindness. Since JAI has come, it's like a lightbulb moment for me. I'm having fun and being sucessful with my orchids. I can never imagine my life or home without greenery in my life."
"I thought it was complicated growing orchids. Just Add Ice Orchids makes it simple and easy. Thank you!"
Gloria B. - Southgate, MI
"I was given an justaddice orchid from a friend over 1 year ago. My wife thought it has already died a thousand deaths - but it is an incredible plant. It keeps blooming when I least think it will and beautiful blooms they are. We are often gone for long periods of time - yet this plant still thrives. My daughter is constantly amazed at this plant's longevity. My wife reads many Nero Wolfe novels (the orchid grower detective of the 1930's) and has now given up hope of ever throwing away this lovely plant."
Lawrence G. - Bloomington, MN
"My wife received two beautiful orchids from her friends when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is currently finishing her treatments and has returned to her job. I have taken over the care of the orchids amd am enjoying it very much with the help from your blogs. Thank you for support you give to us."
Roy Y. - Morrison, CO
"I have a great tip for easy fertilizing of your orchids! I make up a gallon solution of half-dilution fertilizer at half-dilution and then freeze it in ice cube trays. I purchased six plastic star-shaped trays at Wal-Mart for one dollar each since I don't want any family members to mistakenly put this ice in their drinks! Also, I have a separate freezer that I can keep these ice cubes in. I use the dilute fertilizer ice cubes to feed my orchids for three weeks. On the fourth week, I drench my orchids with regular water to get rid of any accumulated mineral deposits. So far it's working great!"
Lori H. - Houston, TX
"I received my orchid plant as a present in June. I love the directions for watering. I especially love your website and the help and support you give. Also, I think the presentation of your orchids is genius, with the clear plastic inner pot so you can see the roots, and the decorative outer pot, which is very attractive and goes with any decor. Thank you so much for de-mystifying the orchid plant. I look forward to owning it for years, I hope."
Elizabeth H. - Chatham, MA
"I've always loved orchids and I've wanted one for a while now. On my 18th birthday my mom gave me one! I was so excited and so happy to finally have my own orchid. It's my baby now."
"just now finally getting one after about 4 years of wanting one. Its was gave to me on my anniversary from my boyfriend of 3 years. I think it is an amazing gift and I will probably be looking into getting another one in the near future."
Rachel H. - Harrisburg, IL
"I got my orchid as a mothers day gift from my grandaughter in 2010. I loved it . this year it has bloomed twice. I was surprised it is so easy to take care of."
Martha H. - Carlsbad, NM
"I got my baby I call it Gods Grace (to have something that come from far away and to have it in cinncinnati thats a blessing) I got mine febuary 14 it has taken some bumps but this is my first one and will be many more but theres nothing like your first one thanks for letting me share my story with you."
Mary W. - Cincinnati, OH
"Bought my orchid on Valentines Day with 7 blooms. Right now there are 15 blooms and going strong. Love it!"
Sue C. - Verona, WI
"Today, I just won a beautiful orchid from you!!! Thank you so very much. It is absolutely beautiful. I have three other "Just Add Ice Orchids" that will keep my new orchid company. Two of my orchids are resting now, but one is ready to re-bloom. I can't thank you enough!!!"
Jean M. - Waunakee, WI
"I acquired my first orchid from my dear beloved friend and family member's funeral arrangements. It is a white phaleaneopsis with a pink center. A single stem with large blooms, all of which were open. I hope that I can care for it and that it blooms again next year. i'll always remember Mrs C. God Bless her"
"I have always been curious on how to keep Orchids alive. They are very beautiful plants. Alot of people have told me they are very hard to keep alive but I decided to try it myself. I started about 2 or 3 months ago with my first orchid. I did kill it but I know have about 5 Orchids. I recieved a couple as gifts and a couple i bought myself. Not all are JAI but they are very beautiful and i'm doing very well keeping them alive. I cannot wait to add more to my collection!"
Rebecca K. - Billerica, MA
"In July I was given a Just-Add-Ice orchid as a gift by a co-worker. I displayed this on my desk and the blooms lasted several months with the oldest fading, but new ones opening up. When they all fell off I decided to take the plant home. I put it in a room that doesn't get used much and has only one window. Thanks to the weekly watering reminders I did keep adding ice, most of the time. Over the last weekend of April I was trying to find something in that room and noticed the orchid had put out two new flower spikes. I am pleasantly surprised and bringing it back to the office to see what happens next."
Will S. - Crozet, VA
"For my 12th birthday, I got an orchid plant from my dad. It was a small one, and it was dark purple. I wasn't sure how to care for it, so I kept asking my mom to look it up for me, but she kept forgetting. After awhile, it died. Then, on 1/1/11, the day after my 15th birthday, I had just gotten home from a church activity. I was hot, sweaty, and tired, and I shuffled into my bedroom and threw down my stuff. Then, I turned around and saw a HUGE orchid sitting on my dresser!!! I gave a shriek of excitment and heard my dad say, "wow, it didn't take her long to find it!" So the next day (which is when I wrote this) I put it on the top of my desk which is right beside my window. That way it won't have DIRECT sunlight, but still plenty. I put the three ice cubes in (I had to do them separately, because they shouldn't touch the leaves my dad said) and checked for excess water in the bottom of the pot. I love my orchid!!! It brightens my room up so much!!!"
Megan R. - Derby, KS
"In March 2010 I bought my first "just-add-ice-orchid" with two flowers in bloom and 3 or 4 buds. With 3 ice-cubes on Sunday morning the lovely orchid held court in the garden room. After May all houseplants were moved to the back deck with dappled light, no sun. The orchid had lost its flowers by then, I placed it between shade plants and surrendered it to benign neglect. Mid Sept. the plants were brought in. What to do with the orchid? Since it was nice and green with two bare stems it was put in a corner. Then mid Dec. I suddenly spotted what looked like a new bud and a new side branch off one stem...now fast forward, it is showing off 11 large blooms and three more buds, one of which is ready to open up. I am thrilled!! Have bragged to all my friends about my 3-ice-cubes orchid! Thank you sooooo much, this orchid is my pride and joy."
Marion L. - Putnam Valley, NY
"I was given an orchid as a gift from a co-star during a show last year. It was in bloom and just beautiful-do even need to say that?! It stayed gorgeous for a while, then went into rest and the leaves grew. I cut the stalks off and kept tending it as your site suggested. Well, It is blooming again and I couldnt be more thrilled."
Jewell K. - Van Wert, OH
"I think I need to travel more!!! Went to Texas, my friend watching my plants. Home, one Just Add Ice Orchid blooming. Just met my Brother and his wife in Vegas. Home, another Just Add Ice orchid blooming. Now, I have been home for months and nothing. Wow, what a treat!!!! Never dreamed I could raise orchids in Indiana. Going on 3 years and they are thriving. Have shared with so many who are also owners of these rare treasures."
Bea Z. - Knox, IN
"I purchased my first orchid on Valentines Day as a gift for myself. It had about 8 blooms at the time. Today it has 15 blooms and is still going strong. There is still one more bud to open. What a nice plant. It's sitting by my kitchen window where I see it everyday. I'm hooked."
Sue C. - Verona, WI
"I lost my best friend three years ago, April 3rd. Another Friend of mine gave me one of your orchids because, she just throws them out after the blooms dropped. So I took on this little thing, nuturing it and of course, talking to it. I spent a few days away from home the end of March and was amazed to see blooms on my little foundling orchid. On April 3rd I was blessed with three little blooms. One for each year my best friend has been gone. What are the odds that the blooms would all open on that day? I took the orchid the the cemetary, (which I avoid like the plague), Found Melinda's grave and sat down and showed her the beautiful plant. I talked to her for over an hour and as I rose to leave, I put the orchid on her grave. Before I could get to the car,a storm literally blew in, heavy rain and winds you wouldn't believe. I looked over at the orchid to find it had blown over and was rolling down a hill. I grabbed it and put it in the car. I guess that was Mel's way of saying, 'you keep it.'"
Debi P. - Olathe, KS
"My husband bought me my Just Add Water Orchid at Sam's on our way to Sanibel for our fortieth anniversary. His cancer limited his ability to do much and I have since lost him to cancer. Since this was our last anniversary, I am so glad it was one of your orchids as he was the gardener and every plant I tried to water, etc. did not live very long. I make certain to "ice" my dear orchid and it is in bloom again and just as beautiful as 9/4/2010 when he gave it to me. Thank you."
Sue S. - Arcadia, FL
"My Grandfather James Livingstone, Sr. of Milwaukee, Wi, was a Horticulturist and grew his own hybrid orchids from seed. He was the superintendent of a large nursery in Milwaukee county and lived in the large house on the property. He named them after names in his own family, and one is the Livingstone Orchid. I remember that the seeds were grown in a nutrient gel that was kept in a flask for two years, then the flask was broken to remove the small seedlings and then each transferred to a small peet pot, then eventually transferred to larger pots. It took seven years to get the first bloom. This was such an amazing process. My father, James Livingstone Jr, worked with him. James S. Livingstone, grandson."
James L. - Simi Valley, CA
"My husband bought me one of your Just Add Ice orchids last year. I was so afraid I'd kill it, it looked so delicate. Well, not only did it survive, but is full of amazing raspberry colored blooms on a perfectly arched flower spike! Every time I look at it I am amazed!"
Sandy B. - California, KY
"I love orchids, but have not had much luck before learning about "Just Add Ice". In the past when an orchid died back, I just discarded it and bought another - or two! Now, I have an awesome orchid that has not lost one blossom in months. Plus, I have two that are re-blooming!!! One has 2 blossoms. the other has six. i am faithfully adding 3 ice cubes each week, and i am being rewarded. Thank you. Thank you."
Kay M. - Dallas, TX
"I bought my first orchid last fall and the blooms lasted over a month and when they were gone, I kept adding ice and it, plus all of it's brothers and sisters (I have 7 now) are in my kitchen windowbox in full bloom. Love them."
Ann M. - Allen, TX
"My current just add ice orchid is probably the third one I've owned. This one is incredible! It bloomed in the kitchen then went dormant. I moved it outside and it recently started producing buds again. A few days ago, it had 5 blooms and 5 buds on one stem, and a new shoot is now growing out sideways with several more buds."
"Out of curiosity, I purchased an after-Christmas phaelanopsis in Jan 2010 at WalMart. The instructions were easy: "just add ice". I have kept in near a bright sunny window and with feeding, I now have two stems full of orchid buds. I am VERY pleased! "Just add ice" orchids are healthier than many other orchids. I never had to deal with the bugs/lice/pests you sometimes find on other orchids. Thank you for the opportunity to say something good about your orchids."
Janice R. - Dublin, NC
"The plant I received from my grandmother's funeral didn't last, so I purchased my orchids to replace it. Every time I pass by my sunroom and see the blooms I think of my grandmother and smile."
Kris S. - Wichita, KS
"I have always called myself an amateur orchid collector. And happy to say, my orchids are thriving well indoors. I have one phalaenopsis orchid which has been a consistent bloomer. One time as I surf the net, I came across your website and read with special interest adding ice cubes. At first I was hesistant to do that, coz, I have read in most other forums to use tepid room temperature water in watering orchids. So I tried out your method in my phal, and was surprised that it does work! Actually I notice that when I do the ice cube method, it seems to trigger the nodes on the spike to swell and encourage it to send out the buds. Or if the buds are already there, it seems to encourage the plant to make it bloom faster. The first year I had my phal, I managed to have the bloom for about 1 month, then when I introduced the ice cube method, it sustained the plant to initiate more blooms and prolong its bloom time for almost 4 months! Very heartwarming indeed!!!"
Tess A. - Tracy, CA
"I bought my white orchid from a closeout table. The clerk said it didn't look good and probably wouldn't make it. I left the bare flower spike on the orchid. To my amazxement, the plant grew a beautiful white, now in full bloom. The leave have perked up, too. Never give up on a plant you love!!"
Barbara B. - Collinsville, IL
"My Mother passed away on January 30, 2011. She loved flowers of all kinds. I was feeling very sad so I went to my local home improvement center to look at the plants. When I saw the "Just Add Ice" orchids my heart lifted. I just had to purchase one. Now every day when I see the beautiful blooms I think of my Mother and how beautiful she was."
Kathleen H. - Easton, PA
"I had always wanted to raise orchids, they are so beautiful and we think they are delicate and fragile, but deep down in their "hearts" they have a beautiful determination to grow and be beautiful and share that unconditionally. I lost about half of mine last February when I was very ill and my husband took me to Florida where my sister could help. I was just heart broken when my friend had not taken proper care of them. I got a couple to come back. But in orchids I see how they bloom for a long time and then rest and re-bloom, kind of like I am doing physically. I have not answered your emails lately because I was in my non-blooming phase (ill again). The many variations of orchids and differences in color also remind me of inside of us our colors, our feelings, our ups and downs. Blessings to all of you and cherish your orchids as I do."
Mary W. - Eastpointe, MI
"Several years ago, my dad living in a retirement home, did not need anything for christmas, so I signed us up for an orchid class. The teacher taught us how to grow orchids, and care for them - and the important thing to me was dad and I spent time together. His first orchid was one called dancing lady - which bloomed for him many times, but the just add ice orchids I bought for him have bloomed well, and really made him happythat he had helped make this bloom, and he joyed being able to share this with friends in the retirement home. Dad now has advanced alzheimer's, so his orchids have suffered neglect, but the memory of his joy of his orchids will be with me always. Thank you for providing such a happy memory through your orchids."
Philip W. - Winston-Salem, NC
"Again, with the loss of my daughter in July 2010, Just Add Ice Orchids sent me two of the most beautiful white orchids, one for each of my grandaughter to watch over and take care of. The girls love them and talk to them every day as if they were talking to their mommy in 'heaven' I have my own orchid at home and am planning on getting a orchid for my therapist for Thanksgiving as he has several orchids in his office. Thank you 'Just Add Ice Orchids' for all you have done in the past several months to brighten our days and keeping my daughter alive in your beautiful orchids. I can't thank you enough."
Sara S. - Lincoln, NE
"Oh how i loved my orchids finally something that I enjoyed and cherished,,,On January 31 2010....we lost everything all 12 of my orchids gone,,this has been a terrible nightmare and long journey,, everything in my house gone in 3 hours standing and watching it burn... a total house fire..all of our personal possesions gone.......we have rebuilt..not sure how soon I will be able to replace our possesions....but hope too.........we move back home this week it has been a long emotional experience.. :("
Linda M. - Windsor Locks, CT
"My boyfriend and I started dating on Oct. 10, 2010 and before him I haven't had a boyfriend for about 2 years. On Oct. 20, 2010 I was in Atlanta (where my boyfriend lives) for a job interview on Thursday and when my boyfriend finally showed up to greet me at my cousin's house he had a beautiful orchid in his hand that he bought me. I immediately fell in love with it and named her "Memory" b/c she reminds me of all the present good and future good to come. I am a first time orchid owner and I look forward to my first orchid experience. Yay!"
Shawna G. - Brunswick, GA
"This is a story that has been passed to me through my family. It is a true story. My Grandfather's brother, Gerald Collier, was an avid orchid collector and loved them more than anything. He didn't have a family so orchids were his life. He was involved with the American Orchid society and the Houston Orchid Society in the 50's and 60's after coming home from WWII. It was his dream to be a judge at the annual show. After several years he finally gathered enough experience and expertise to fulfill his dream and was asked to be a judge at the show. As he was sitting at the judge's table, having just finished the judging, he had a heart attack and died. He had done everything he wanted to do in life."
Cary H. - Sugar Land, TX
"I saw the just add ice orchid at the grocery store where I work. I immediately fell in love with it, not knowing that the plant even was or that it had a reputation of being hard to take care of. I purchased it at Easter and it bloomed till September. It is so easy to take of, I wish I had purchased more. I appreciated the tips on pruning back the plant and it seems to be growing back nicely."
Beth B. - VT
"I just received my first Orchid today for my birthday from my husband! It is so pretty & so different. I have never heard of Just Add Ice Orchids. We both sat down & watched all the videos. What a nice different gift! It looks great with my three Lucky Bamboo plants....I LOVE IT!"
Rhonda D. - Decatur, IL
"TMy daughter bought me on of these last year. It only had about 6 or 7 orchids on it. After they died down, I did not know what to do so I cut the stem back to about 5 inches above the leaf. I just kept putting ice on it and sat it in front of my front window This spring I sat it outside on my back porch out of the direct sun. To my surprise a couple weeks later, the stem started growing. There were two shoots that branched off of it. Now I have 14 open blooms and 3 more to open. It is beautiful I don't have a way to send a picture. Thanks for this lovely plant"
Janice G. - Newark, OH
"The Orchid I have is my first. It was gien to me by my daughter for Mothers Day. The blooms stayed beautiful for a long time. The blooms are gone now. I hope to get it to bloom again."
Kyria S. - Lowell, NC
"i'm so excited!!! my orchid is in bloom again. I got for valentines day and the blooms lasted one week.. To my surprise it bloomed again and lasted until the first week in september... now october 10th to my surprise it is getting a new shoot and is going to bloom again. I've never been so happy or proud... I love my ice orchid. thanks!!"
Lee C. - Wetmore, MI
"I bought my first "Just add Ice" orchid from last spring, and the blooms stayed for quite some time, but eventually they faded and dropped. I continued with the three ice cubes and within the last month I have watched a new stem grow, buds appear and in the last week two have blossomed. I picked up some more at Lowe's that were infested with mealy bugs and looked to be on their last legs. I sprayed for the bugs, repotted them in new soil and keep them in an old fish aquarium as a quarentine. They appear to be bug free now, and have begun to regain their strengh. Can't wait to see if they bloom."
Jim H. - Mishawaka, IN
"I received my orchid from my church. It was a gift for my birthday. I have always wanted one of them but never thought I could care for it right until I received my "Just add ice cubes" Orchid. It was so easy. I went out and purchased another one that same week. I love my Orchids and am looking forward to them blooming again soon."
Shirley K. - Center Point, IN
"i received my orchid for mothers day and everyday i look at my orchid i think of the loved ones that gave me this beautiful orchid."
Theresa - Overland Park, KS
"This was our first orchid plant and it was with great trepidation that we started caring for it.However with weekly reminders and instructions we relaxed and enjoyed the Just Add Ice Orchid."
Eileen K. - Roseburg, OR
"My orchid experience started when I spotted a lovely phalaenopsis in the shipping office of my workplace. My curiosity was piqued, so I began reading all I could find about phal care. Spring rolled around and I found 2 that I really liked at a garden center. (I killed those; just being an orchid newb, i guess. The one I have now is thriving! I know what you might be thinking: just one!?! I promise to take care of that:) Anyway, after one of my first had been done blooming for about a month and a half, I find myself walking by the shipping office again, and this lady's is still blooming. I thought to myself, "Wow, she must really take good care of that plant. I need to ask her for some tips." So I went in and took a look at it. The ironic twist to this whole story is: the phal that started it all turned out to be nothing but 100% faux orchid! Whoever has this fake orchid also has a real one (which i never noticed)...planted in regular potting mix *sigh*. It's a sad sight."
Stephanie E. - NC
"Zip orchid history. Almost 50 yrs houseplant experience with great results including violets but never an orchid. So it just never entered my mind and then last year on Mother's Day my beautiful daughter-in-law presented me with my first.....Just Add Ice Orchid. I am 'in love' and just enjoying the new experience with the outstanding flowers. Wow just breathtaking. I intend to have more, many more. A bit hard to find but am enjoying the anticipation of where will I get my next J.A.I. orchid. Thanks for bringing such exotic beauty to my simple home."
Teresa J. - Farmington, MO
"I received my orchid from my church. It was a gift for my birthday. I have always wanted one of them but never thought I could care for it right until I received my "Just add ice cubes" Orchid. It was so easy. I went out and purchased another one that same week. I love my Orchids and am looking forward to them blooming again soon."
Shirley K. - Center Point, IN
"After years of going to Orchid shows, buying a few and watching them die we bought a JAI orchid at Lowes. My podiatrist had one in his office and told us they had theirs blooming for 4 months. Well we finally managed to keep the one alive for a year.... encouraged we bought more and more until we now have many healthy orchid plants (you can never have too many) ... today we have 2 in bloom , 3 setting buds, a kiki and one spiking. My husband never had any real hobbies before, but he loves his orchids now!"
Adele H. - North Royalton, OH
"ive had my orchid for a couple months and i have really enjoyed it! they are really pretty and they are very easy to care for and i would recomend to anybody to buy it!!!:D"
Matthew B. - Massillon, OH
"I keep dreaming of having an orchid. I looked for them in the grocery this past week. They must have been "sold out." I am fascinated by them...hoping to win an orchid! ;o)"
Esther M. - Mount Airy, MD
"I started dating someone who is a major orchid lover. Prior to this, I couldn't pick out an orchid in a picture. I took him to the botanic gardens to see the Christmas lights, and there was a very beautiful orchid display that we viewed - he was like a kid in a candy store. He gave me my first Just Add Ice orchid for Christmas, so I'm on my way to being an orchid person too! I was happy to see this website so I can learn more about how to care for my plant."
Vicki S. - Broomfield, CO
"Orchids are my flower, and I received a beautiful "ice" orchid as a Winter Solstice gift from my mom just the other day. I absolutely love it and made it the center piece of my holiday decor, complete with ornaments! I'd love to win one for my friend, who just lost her husband to cancer. ♥"
Elaine F. - Woodlynne, NJ
"My son loves orchids as much as I do and bought 3 orchids a few days ago - 1 for him to take to his office and 2 for me at home. They are so beautiful. Orchids make me smile - both inside and out!"
Jane I. - Ft Lauderdale, FL
"I love plants, love to learn about them, grow them, I have a variety of plants around my home. My husband gave me my first Just Add Ice orchid for Valentine's Day and it has been so beautiful and I love how easy it is to take care of! Thanks Just Add Ice Orchids for my new addition!"
Samantha A. - Jackson, TN
"My husband got me one for our anniversary.. i was so excited.. never have i saw a more bautiful flower!! i cant wait to get me some more!!"
Whitni B. - Brigham City, UT
"I bought a Phalenopsis Orchid for $2.00 a Giant Eagle supermarket. It was cut back at the flower stem, now it is getting some flower buds on it . I can't wait to see the flowers."
Mary U. - Canton, OH
"I got my first orchid over a year ago and have just kept adding. They adore my office and I have two that have blossomed a second time in the last year. I love the "Just add ice" Orchids. The flowers have lasted longer than others I have purchased. My husband came home this evening with another orchid for my office in memory of my mother who passed away a few weeks ago. She was so proud of my ablility to grow beautiful orchids in my office."
Robin B. - Easthampton, MA
"We just returned from Naples Fla. while we where there I took and orchid tour @ Naples Beach Hotel. It was very informative and they backed up the instruction that Just Add Ice is giving everyone...I just love your orchids and I am planning to purchase some for the Christmas holidays as gifts for my best friends from the 8th grade we are now in our 60's.....Merry Christmas to all!!!!!"
Susan M. - Oxford, MA
"A friend gave me my first orchid last summer. It was absolutely beautiful and I was heartbroken when the flowers fell off. I didn't know much about orchids so I did some research and carefully cared for the plant all winter long. I was delighted when it started producing new buds this spring that bloomed and lasted more than a month. I now watch it carefully as I wait for new buds to come next spring."
Pat G. - Muskegon, MI
"I purchased a "just add ice" orchid plant for my wife last spring. It bloomed profusely for the remainder of the season, and then the blossoms fell off one by one. I was concerned that the plant was dying, this being my first experience with this type of plant. Currently I am pleased to see the new growth that has occurred, and am looking forward to blossoms in the spring."
Kay H. - Fruit Heights, UT
"I RECEIVED MY ORCHID AS A GIFT FROM MY SISTER. IT WAS THE FIRST THING THAT SHE BOUGHT ME THAT SHE SUPRISED ME WITH. I LOVED THIS ORCHAID IT WAS PURPLE MY FAVORITE COLOR. IT WAS DOING GREAT UNTIL ONE DAY MY KIDS HIT IT WITH THERE HAND AND IT WENT FLYING DOWN THE STAIRS. I TRIED KEEPING IT ALIVE BUT IT DIED WITHIN A WEEK I MISS MY ORCHID BUT I DO HAVE PICTURES OF IT TO REMIND ME OF IT"
Traci S. - Kaukauna, WI
"Even in the hot and cold seasons of the high desert in New Mexico,an will orchid can bloom. I have a garden window for winter and soft light for summer. A girl friend kept an orchid in Pheonix in an almost dark hallway and it bloomed for months! Taking inspiration from her I bought my first orchid and have been enchanted by them eversense. When Christmas comes I have a lovely red one for the bathroom that blooms all thru the holiday season. Thank you just add ice orchids, you make growing easy!"
Jean D. - Santa Rosa, NM
"i have never owned an orchid but i love the tiny ones and would like to try to grow one someday. for now i will enjoy looking at everyone elses they are so beautiful."
Fay C. - Mt. Shasta, CA
"I received my beautiful orchid as a birthday present in March. It bloomed for months. I cut it back (even the shiny green leaves are pretty). And now a new bloom shaft has popped up with looks like five little buds. Awesome! It likes its perch at my kitchen sink/window ... and I enjoy looking at it when I'm doing my 'chores.'"
Kittie W. - Clackamas, OR
"First Orchid and it is doing great! I can't wait to see it when I get home from work--it always makes me smile!"
Susanne N. - Bloomington, MN
"Almost every single one of my orchids are rare and none of them have ever died i have two just add ice orchids and they are beautiful they're both yellow and the rest are differant colors i add ice to all of them and they seem to enjoy it and i also have a secret to keeping an orchid healthy and they are the best plants any one could ever have epecially the ones from just add ice orchids phalaenopsis species i recremend this to any one who is a first time orchid owner for easy orchid care and blooms."
Andrew M. - Ferndale, NY
"I received my orchid from a neighbor after we had a welcome to the neighborhood party for them. I had never had an orchid before because of the care required. I was very excited when I found out that I just add ice once a week. I thought it was a great gift and hope to give one to others if mine stays alive. It is absolutely beautiful and full of orchids."
Ruth L. - Western Springs, IL
"i do not have a green thumb at all but i love plants and flowers. i saw an orchid plant at my local Kroger store at a very reasonable price and read the instructions that it only takes a 3 ice cubes, once a week. I brought it home and put it in my window seal and weekly put the 3 cubes in. its been months now and I have a new stem growing and new flowers starting to form. i am so proud of my plant and hope to start an orchid garden some day."
Angela H. - Deer Park, TX
"My Husband and I have been shopping at Home Depot for years, every time we went I would eyeball the Orchids but would leave without one :( ...But TODAY I came home with a beautiful Just add ice Orchid in my arms..Now I am Praying I can keep her alive..( You see I have 5 rescue cats in my house but they are not allowed in my bedroom, but sometimes they sneak in)I have watched all the videos, found the perfect spot in my bedroom ( so it is the last thing I see befor I sleep and the first beautiful thing I will see when I wake) Please wish me good luck in taking care of her. I want so much to be able to get more !! =)"
Laurie S. - Rock Creek, OH
"What a surprise I had the other day...when I looked at my orchid plant and saw that it was making its very first flower spike. Really, this orchid plant is more than a few years old and has only grown leaves. What I was doing different was giving it ice cubes instead of watering (overwatering) it. Seems it likes to dry out between waterings and only likes a little bit of water from the ice cubes. Who knew? I think it's some kind of Oncidium--have lost the tag long ago. I'm eagerly awaiting the first blooms and will take some photos. Thanks Just add ice orchids. "
L.T. - Ontario, Toronto
"Just bought my 4th 'Just Add Ice Orchid'. Our local Walmart has been selling them & I just had to have another since they're so pretty. I really appreciate the weekly update to let me know when it's time to add more ice. Thanks so much. "
"I purchased this orchid for my girlfriend about a year ago. I figured it would be nice to give her flowers that last a few months rather than something that dies within a few weeks. Even though these orchids were probably sitting on the shelf of the store for a month they still managed to last a good couple of months more. We got it to rebloom once already with absolutely no effort. Just left it in the same pot, trimmed it and a few months later, another whole set of 5 beautiful orchids grew. Now a few months later, we can already see another sprout growing, so my girlfriend is really hoping we can get it to bloom again because she really fell in love with these flowers."
Robert - Ohio
"I aquired my first JUST ADD ICE Orchid this year. For years I have always wanted to have orchids because I love house plants but was always told they were hard to care for. I like a challenge but to be honest I was just scared of them. I did not want to kill an orchid because of my inexperience. Well earlier this year I took a chance. I saw the most beautiful white orchid I had ever seen. I picked it up and looked at the directions on the tag. "Just add 3 ice cubes once a week", ok sounded simple enough. So I brought her home and have loved her ever since. She has continued to bloom, add lots of leaves, and has been a joy to own. This has been the most positive experiance I have ever had. The best part is, I have "customer service" at my finger tips if I ever have a problem or question. Plus getting to read others stories or questions and problems makes it even easier. I am going to start adding more to my collect as soon as possible. I am going to fill my kitchen with them. Thanks for the great orchids."
Angelina D. - Yellville, AR
"MY EXPERIENCE WITH MY JUST ADD ICE ORCHID HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. WHEN THE ORCHID STARTED STRIPING AND DROPPING PETALS, THE HELP VIDEOS WERE THE PERFECT TUTORIAL. CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MITTENS TO FORM AND FOR THE NEXT SPIKE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!"
SHIRLEY L. -Columbus, OH
"I am just 14 years old and I already love growing orchids. About 3-4 months ago is when I bought my first orchid from Just Add Ice Orchids because I have always wanted a challange. Since then I have bought another one, but not from this company but the 3 ice cubes a week works great for it too! I have just learned how to hand pollinate and orchid so I did so this morning with both of my plants. Soon I hope to go on and buy some of the harder more exotic types such as a Spider Orchid because there is a very well known Orchid Nursery by my house along with a great Pikes. Wish me luck as I start down the fun road of Orchids! "
Erin K. - Dallas, GA
"I received my Just Add Ice Orchid for Mothers Day. It has had blooms ever since. I have never had a house plant that has been so easy to take care of!!!! Beautiful gift and I love it."
Susan P. - Lesterville, MO
"A dear friend realized she has missed my birthday and sheepishly brought me a beautiful orchid as a gift. She was even more abashed when I told her my birthday was not for another 3 weeks! By the time my birhtday rolled around the double spires of my phalaenopsis were still perfectly gorgeous. Now another month later the last few flowers are still hanging on!"
"One of my Just Add Ice orchids is still blooming (again). What a thrill to see those spikes come up and then watch them bloom out. And they last so long too. And another one just stopped blooming after blooming again. And those blooms lasted quite a while too. The leaves are so large and gorgeous just by themselves. I plan to get some artificial orchid bloom stems/spikes if I can find some that look real, to put in the pots until they bloom again. Just love them."
Deanna B. - Duncan, OK
"I would recommend these orchids to anyone, they are awesome!! I love mine."
Jennifer B. - East Branch, NY
"I love my JAI orchid!!! I received a different brand of orchid for Mother's Day (which is when I signed up for these reminders because I found your web site so very helpful). Just recently I saw in my local grocery store that JAI orchids were on sale but was skeptical buying them from a grocery store. I was shocked to find how healthy & beautiful they were! I had a hard time picking out which one I was going to buy! LOL! I am very pleased with my purchase & LOVE waking up every morning & looking at it!"
Melissa D. - Middletown, DE
"Orchid is currently in the dormant stage and I am following the directions for reblooming. Its flowers lasted longer and were healthier looking than any other orchids I have had in the past. I really appreciate the watering reminder service. Thank You."
M. Hoover - Altoona, PA
"I was at a store and I saw these two orchid plants I bought the one in a better condition so it could grow better I took it out of the decorative vase and it was drowned in water so it took it out of the pot and added some moss and potting soil for orchids and its roots and leaves are beautiful and the stem was still green so I cut the node and now a shoot popped up and I'm hoping it will bloom."
Andrew M. - Ferndale, NY
"I love orchids; they are my favorite flower. I have one that I have had for 5 years and have had it bloom twice which was beautiful. Received the Just Add Ice Orchid for Mother's day and it bloomed for almost 3 months. Now I am anxious to have it bloom again for me, but need to read on how to get it to bloom again and how long to wait for another blooming."
Elizabeth P. - Pittsburgh, PA
"Just add ice THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ORCHID I EVER BOUGHT!"
Nancy D. - Rochester Hills, MI
"I recieved my Orchid, for my 76th B-day. Recently it started dropping Flower petals, it was like lossing my favorite Diamond ring. My son (who gave me my Orchid) took the lable that came with w/my Orchid, went to the Web site, and found that my Orchid required drainage after "Her meal" of tasty "ICE CUBES"!! My Diamond has retured, and am looking forward to the continual happiness, (I'm sure everyone will agree) that my Orchid brings to Our home and MYSELF!"
Margaret G. - Denver, CO
"I have never had much of a green thumb, and I do well with no fuss plants such as Christmas cactus or prayer plants. Last Christmas season, I saw these orchids in Walmart, and resisted the temptation to buy one, since I felt that I wouldn't have much luck with one. I saw them again in late April as they had them available for Mother's Day, so decided to give one a try. I bought the prettiest, healthiest looking one I could find, and it had 2 stalks of flowers in full bloom. Of course, I expected the flowers to be gone in just a few weeks, but here it is the end of July - 3 months later and it's still as beautiful as the day I bought it, with no sign of the blooms dying off yet. About a month ago I did notice that the leaves were looking a little droopy, and the roots were more gray/white than green. I checked around this site some, and tried a remedy I saw posted. I gave it a 2 minute soak and then let it drain completely, and I have increased the ice cubes to 4 per week, and that seems to have worked!"
Ellie W. - Clayton, DE
"I purchased my first orchid on Mother's Day. My mother passed several years ago and loved orchids. I bought it and brought it home in remembrance of her. On July 8, 2010 my daughter at 27 years old passed away suddenly leaving behind two small children 9 & 3. I looked all over where I live and could not find any orchids. I made a post on the Just Add Ice Orchid facebook page for suggestions. This morning when I woke up after a long and exhausting traveling experience I had two large boxes on my dining room table. Two of the most beautiful orchids. One for each of the girls. Since the children do no live here I will take care of them for a few weeks and get them forwarded on to them. They can take care of them as they were taking care of their mommy when she was so sick. They can see the beauty in them and watch them grow. I just wanted to thank you at Just Add Ice Orchids for what you have done not only for me but for my grandaughters in our time of loss."
Sara S.. - Lincoln, NE
"My sister in law gave us a two stem ice orchid at Thanksgiving. It's now mid-July and the last blossom JUST fell off. Eight solid months of gorgeous flowers and I think new buds are forming. This has been one of the most easy and entertaining plants EVER!"
"During the summer months all my orchids including Just Add Ice Orchids spend the summer outside. They do fine to water them with my hose and mist them once or twice (depending on the weather, if it rains I water once a week if no rain, then twice a week - they are doing great). When the summer is over, I bring them inside and go back to watering with ice!"
Sam S. - Rochester, NY
"I have 10 now and loving ever color!"
Carla M. - Alepena, MI
"We received the orchid plant as a gift on April 29, almost in full bloom. Today, July 9, the remaining flowers, 90%, are still as fresh as when we received the orchid plant. Just AMAIZING!"
Eddie P. - Tustin, CA
"I received a wonderful white orchid for Mothers Day ... one of the best Mothers Day gifts. It had 3 blooms when I received it and produced 3 more blooms. The last of those blooms just fell off earlier this week and I logged on to figure out what to do with the stalk. I'm looking forward to watching my gift bloom again. Thanks!"
Tabitha D. - Wilmington, NC
"This is my first Orchid experience..it was a Mother's Day gift. I shyed away thinking they were too delicate for my care I am amazed at how little care is needed....Am enjoying it's beauty! Had purchased one for my daughter for Mother's Day...her first one also."
Mary H. - Vancouver, WA
"We used "Just Add Ice Orchids" for our centerpeices for our wedding and they were just magnificent and beautiful. So many people wanted to be the lucky person to take home the orchid centerpiece! And now months after our wedding, guests who took home the orchid keep me updated on how much they love their orchid, how beautiful it is and how easy they are to take care of. We are so happy that we used just add ice orchids for our most special day! Thank you so much!!!"
Kaitlyn W. - Northampton, MA
"I have really enjoyed my just add ice orchid.I am amazed at how long the blooms lasted (about 4 months)...."
Doris A. - Bramwell, WV
"I'm 68 years old & have raised plenty of houseplants over the years. My daughter gave me a beautiful white orchid for Mother's Day this year. I'm testing myself to see if I can take proper care of it as I would love to have more. The test of time will tell!!!"
Terralynn G. - Salem, OH
"I bought my Just Add Ice orchid about two weeks ago, and I LOVE it! I have always wanted to have an orchid and I think it's fantastic that this company has developed such an EASY, affordable way for people to own & care for them. It's GORGEOUS -- thank you!!"
"I heard our daughter talking as I awoke, once again I had overslept. I sat on the bed for several minutes to gather my wits about me. Then headed into the kitchen..I past my favorite chair, and there in the window sill was my first orchid. At 78 years of age, I finally received the flower I had wondered about for so many years. My face radiated..I hugged my daughter..I was beside myself with joy. Says she to me, " Happy Mothers Day a little early". That was the best morning wake up I have had in a long time!"
Dorothy M. - NY
"I bought my mother, (Marie), some of your plants about a year ago and couldn't believe how well the ice watering method worked. Our first plants are now blooming a second time and we have recently added some new ones to our collection. The beauty of the blooms is outstanding and we can't believe how long they last. Thanks for getting us started on a great new hobby!"
Peter H. - Red Wing, MN
"I love house plants, but either water them to little or to much. Every time I bring one home, my husband gives it its last rights. Last summer I bought a "just add ice orchid" and I still have it. I get a reminder to add the ice, so its been taken care of right!"
Jackie S. - Newton Falls, OH
"Have had them off and on now for almost 10 years and have about 17 now, including a couple of mini plante that are only about 4-5 ins tall and are blooming up a storm for the 2nd time since Oct!"
Barbara S. - Yuma, AZ
"The flowers have all fallen off but the leaves are still green and vibrant. I see buds at the tip and hope that they will blossom soon so that I can enjoy looking at their beauty. This orchid plant was a gift and it's the first one I've owned."
Chay L. - Skokie, IL
"I just received my orchid from my husband and love it. I have transplanted it to a larger vase and it is just beautiful. Love the ice cube watering, it is so easy and your reminder is great. I want more............"
June Q. - Coventry, RI
"My daughters Wedding that are posted here on your site was absolutley beautiful with all the orchids everywhere. I cannot begin to tell you how pleased our guests were to be able to take one home with them at the end of the evening. It was just so elegant for these orchids on the tables and friends still speak of it today. Thank you Just add Ice orchids for such beautiful flowers!"
Sherry B. - Taylor, MI
"I always wanted to own an orchid but was afraid of the difficulties which I had heard about. Just Add Ice Orchids gives me the plant I always wanted and is very easy to care for!"
Nancy N. - Fort Fairfield, ME
"I am so amazed. My Ice Orchid is thriving so well. I just love it and will never purchase another kind. Thank you so much!"
"I don't yet have any of your brand of orchids but I do have some that I was given just a year ago. Then I got into a discussion of orchid plants with a friend who received one of your plants. She told me about your web site and I checked it out. Since then I've been using your technique for caring for my plants. I've even "fooled" one of them by placing a silk orchid into the pot. Lo-and-behold that plant now has a new plant growing on the previous flower stalk. I'll have to check out your directions on potting that new sprout. Another thing that I've begun to do is to "water" my other non-orchid plants with ice cubes. It is so much easier to do that way. No more dripping hanging plants. No more need to bring the plants to the kitchen sink to water. What a wonderful idea. I had previously been neglecting my hanging plants because the chore of watering them was such a pain. Also thanks so much for your weekly reminders. They are keeping me honest!"
Carol R. - Pittsburgh, PA
"Thank you all, I love my orchids and I plan to buy more and more!!! I have always wanted to grow orchids but it has been very hard for me, but this way is a breeze, thank you, thank you, thank you!"
"My boyfreind had heard me talking about these flowers with a friend of mine and after a job interview yesterday he came home with my first ice cube orchid. I've always wanted one but was afraid of purchasing one, but after reading everyones comments, I'm really ready to just enjoy my plant and can't wait to get another. Great product and not as costly as I thought they were. Thanks a bunch,you have won this girl over!"
Chasity C. - Richmond, KY
"I purchased a just add ice orchid last year. It was in the discarded plant section. I felt it had some life left in it and thought for the price I would give it a try. There was one bare stem and a few nice healthy leaves. I put it on the plant stand in my bedroom window and watered it as shown, fertilized it once or twice. Over the past several weeks I have three beautiful white/pink/green orchids and a fourth is on its way! Who knew such beatuy could be found in the discard pile!"
Helen H. - Rockport, MA
"My first orchid was bought for me by my husband on Valentine's Day of this year 2010!"
Larene K. - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
"I am so excited - I kept my orchid given to me last Mother's Day. Today it has blossomed again and there is a second blossom ready to open!"
"Last year for Valentines day my husband bought me my first orchid. And it's still alive today! This is the only plant we have been able to keep alive! I'm so happy to have found just add ice orchids!"
Jamie C. - Bellevue, NE
"I have never had much success with orchids except for a Cattleya I had several years ago until I purchased one of yours. The email reminder seems to be just right for amount and interval for watering. My orchid is doing fine! I am VERY pleased. The email watering reminders are an excellent idea!"
Janice R. - Dublin, NC
"I am so happy I found your orchids. They took all the fear out of having orchids in my home. I have a white one and also a beautiful pink one."
Ronda B. - Asheville, NC
"I love my orchid so much I already bought a second one!"
Anja E. - Utica, KY
"Best experience I have had with a new orchid. Would purchase again!"
Lynne H. - Corinth, TX
"Last February I bought one of your Just Add Ice orchids and gave it to my mom when she came home from a week’s hospital stay. She doesn’t care much for houseplants but I knew the orchid would bloom for a long time and be easy for her to care for. As you can expect, the plant bloomed for several months but to our amazement that orchid now has 8 more flower buds and another new stem that looks like it will produce even more flower buds! All she has done was put three ice cubes on it each week plus exposure in a southern window. As simple as it may sound, this plant has brought her much enjoyment and given her a sense of anticipation. She tells everyone about it! I just wanted you to know how valuable (and therapeutic) this little plant has become in one person’s life."
Caryn D. - Ohio
"I have 4 beautiful booms that opened last weekend and I know it is due to the ice cubes weekly. I always over water and this is perfect. In fact I am doing the same to my violets and catcus..so far it has not hurt them. thank you so much..I have told so many people about the ice orchid and the ice cubes, they look at me like I am insane. I smile and say come see for your self!"
Jayne S. - Vinton, VA
"I just really love orchids they make me feel good and they bloom for a very long time. I have also bought some for my friends!"
Betty G. - Geneseo, IL
"I bought one of your orchids last August at my local Kroger store. It was beautiful and lasted two months on the ledge around my bathtub. One of the neatest things I notice was that it was from Oberlin, Ohio. I went to Oberlin College in the late 70- early 80, and there aren't too many products that come from the tiny town. I bought my second orchid from you in late October and it still has all of the original flowers. My first one has a new flower shoot that I am watching every day. I keep stopping by Kroger to see if they have gotten any more in. I have several Oberlin friends with whom I want to share an orchid. Please send more - I'm ready to buy!"
Laura R. - Dallas, TX
"I am 13 years old and I know this is wierd to have orchids but I love them they are my favorite flowers and I want to have them in my wedding some day. I had to convince my mom to let my get them but it is so fun and easy to take care of just add 3 ice cubes it is great!!!!!!" :•D
Natalie G. - Afton, MN
"My roommate and I noticed the "Just Add Ice" orchids while we were shopping together; I kept going on and on about how beautiful they were. A few days later I came home to a "Just Add Ice" orchid of my own--she surprised me with an early Christmas present! It was such a thoughtful (and pretty) gift!"
Candace T. - Clemson, SC
"It started out by buying 4 of your orchids and then my wife bought 5 and than I went back and bought 2 more all in the silver vase. They are really beatuiful and we never grow tried of looking at them. We have close to 100 plants in the house. Also, I really like your website it is like visting with an old friend, and the silica gel and the silk ideas are great!"
"My Just Add Ice Orchid kept its blooms for about 2 months."
"I always thought orchids were difficult to grow. It was so easy to add ice cubes, and the flowers were beautiful and long lasting."
"Love your "Just Add Ice" orchids! We live in Nova, Ohio, and have driven by your greenhouses for years, watching you grow and grow and grow. I'm so glad to see orchids available for purchase in this area, and at a very reasonable price. Best regards."
Anna Mae S.
"I wanted you to know that everyone that I tell about my just add ice orchid is amazed how easy it is to care for. The orchid photo I am sending you surely has a special spot in my master bathroom and really enhances the room. Thank you for a great product."
"I have had orchids in the past and this is the first one I have been able to keep alive! The reminders and adding ice makes it so easy. It is the most beautiful one I have owned as well. It has a lot of flowers that have stayed in bloom since I received this in May! I love it!"
"I was amazed at how long my plant held its blooms. I purchased the plant May 9th and now on August 5th it still continues to bloom."
"Thank You for this website. I've been leary of buying orchids because of the expense, and of friends failures with orchids. My first venture has been wonderful! I plan to acquire more "Ice Orchids", when they next become available in my area. Thank You, again. "
"My orchid is so unique and I'm really enjoying its beauty every day. It's doing very well in my home and I'm so happy with my purchase! "
"I just want you to know how much I love my orchid. I was skeptical like most people, but I bought 3 and gave two to my special friend and my mother. They both love theirs also. Thanks for making such an easy to care for beautiful flowering house plant. I usually kill everything!"