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Proctor:Spice up Valentines Day with orchids

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KUSA - When are men going to get over that tired dozen red roses? It means about as much as an absent-minded peck on the cheek.

Break out of that cliched mold and give your sweetheart something more exotic--an orchid plant. Both the flowers and the plant will last longer than a bunch of roses. With care, the plant could outlive your relationship--or perhaps just re-bloom each year to signify your lasting love. Orchids make appropriate gifts for both women and men.

Orchids are remarkably easy to grow despite an unwarranted reputation for fussiness. They put up with low humidity in the house and negligent care. All they need to stay healthy is bright indirect light and monthly feeding.

There are literally many thousands of species and hybrids available to a home gardener. The largest grower of orchids in this region is Fantasy Orchids. They do a booming business on Valentines Day. Visit them online at FantasyOrchids.com, or at 830 W. Cherry Street, Louisville, CO 80027.

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