My First Orchid

by Bob Schwartz

First Orchid

This is my first orchid, a small but exquisite one I got as a gift. It offers beauty for very little care. I water it once a week and it decorates the room and my life.

But I just learned there is more to it than that. It has been gently dropping petals. When it stops flowering, I am told, it should go to a dark place to hibernate. After a while, it will be taken out to wake up and start its beauty regimen again. If it doesn’t sleep, it will grow as a plant but will not flower.

It hasn’t been here long, but I will miss it.

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