A friend at work carried in a beautiful magenta orchid the morning after Easter, a gift to herself over the holidy weekend. Though it’s official name is Phaleaneopsis, it was marketed as a “Just Add Ice Orchid” because the only care required was dropping three ice cubes a week onto the soil at the base of the stem.
On the way in, however, she accidentally knocked off one of the blooms. It was sitting on her desk when I came in that morning. When I asked about it, she said she was going to throw it away, but since I was just a wee bit jealous of her fancy new plant, I said I would take it.
“That way I’ll have an orchid at my desk, too!” We laughed.
The next morning, when I came into the office, I noticed the detached orchid bloom at my desk still looked as good as the day before. It was like it was still attached to the stem. I took it in to show my friend.
“Look how well it’s holding up,” I said.
So, I put it back on the filing cabinet in my cubicle, waiting for it to shrivel.
But the next day, it still looked just as good. And the next day, and the day after that. On Friday, five days after the bloom fell from the stem, the only change that had happened was some black scarring where it had detached.
I came up with a theory about the miraculous preservation. Since the stem of an orchid is similar to a succulent, storing water in its cells, once it scarred off at the end, the bloom was able to live off the water it had stored.
Though it was dead, the orchid bloom maintained the appearance of life for days, living off its own storehouse.
Amazingly, one week after the bloom had fallen from the plant, it was only beginning to wilt. Once its water reserve was depleted though, the decay proceeded rapidly.
Each day when I came in, the orchid bloom looked a little shabbier. Finally, 11 days after it had fallen off the stem, I threw the little flower away.
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