I can’t believe my good fortune in finding these two very lovely phalaenopsis orchids from the clearance rack of my supermarket. Both of them came with their own containers (one ceramic, the other clay). Sadly, one of them looked terribly mistreated, with a noticeable section of one of its leaves torn off and a few smaller leaves folded underneath themselves and starting to yellow. Both of them also looked like it’s been awhile since they have been watered. This is certainly no way to treat plants as elegant as these! They are still in flower and new flower buds have still yet to open. As shown on the right, one has two flower spikes.
My plan is to rehabilitate these plants and give them a happy home. I am a very soft touch when it comes to mistreated plants and am only too eager to take them home and give them the chance to live long and healthy lives in peace. It’s disappointing to think that if these plants are not claimed, they will likely be left to perished or thrown out with the rubbish, a truly inglorious end.
Although some of these “clearance sale” plants have a few challenges, they deserve consideration. Sometimes it takes only a little watering and a bit of sunlight to restore them to their glory. As is, these orchids already look fabulously dreamy! Including tax, I paid less than $12 for the two plants, a modest investment for years of enjoyment and beauty.
The only quandary I have is figuring out where they will go in my home. A very pleasant decision indeed. So the next time you are at your supermarket, take a moment to visit the clearance rack, usually in the back of the store near the restrooms. A lovely plant may be waiting for you to take it home!