Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring festival, is the most important festival of the year. It is the time to usher out the old year and bring in luck and prosperity. Aside from spring cleaning and grocery shopping, the Chinese will shop for flowers with auspicious meanings to decorate their home and welcome the new year with new beginnings. Common plants with auspicious blessings mainly include orchids, rhododendrons and pussy willows, which represent happiness, prosperity and abundance.
Orchids – Best Chinese New Year Gift
Orchids make up one of the world's largest and most diverse groups of flowering plants. It is believed that over 25000 species are available. Among the species, Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis are the most popular gift in Chinese New Year as they are decorative and presentable.
Phalaenopsis and its flower language
Phalaenopsis has a variety of colors, and each has a special meaning to it. Red symbolizes happiness, yellow for prosperity; white represents friendship, and pink is love affinity. Besides colors, the number of stems of Phalaenopsis has auspicious meaning to it too. One stem wishes things go smoothly without hindrance. Two stems represent good luck, with the number two in Chinese hinting good things come in pairs. Three stems symbolize wealth. Three in Chinese means non-stop, just like money ever-flowing non-stop. Five stems means may fortune come to your home. Six stems symbolize infinity and everlasting blessings, while eight stems, like the lucky number eight, represent growing prosperity and overcoming victory.
Care for Orchids
No matter which type of orchid you are growing, orchid in nature favors dry. Therefore, it only needs to be watered once or twice a week on soil or roots. Avoid wetting the leaves or orchid bud directly.