Mystery Orchids!

That’s what the sign read just as I was about headed out of the market this afternoon. I infrequently shop at a local high-end supermarket, usually for sale items. In the floral department, I saw a sign, “Mystery Orchids,” and there were 5 indoor orchids currently not in bloom. They all had 1 cut-down flower spike. Some had leaves that were partly cut. But they were all obviously very healthy. The only thing missing was their identification. They retail at $25 each (if they were in flower and had identification), but I bought all of them at a fantastic clearance price of $5 each! Wow!

The person helping me with my purchase asked if I had prior experience with rehabilitating plants like this and I happily said, “Yes, and with success!” He wished me well with these new plants, which is a lovely way to start this new chapter in these orchids’ lives. I am very pleased. They may or may not flower again in the next few months but I don’t mind waiting longer because they will flower eventually.IMG_3288

Gardening bargains like this can usually be had at the end of the year to the first early months of the new year, even at high-end stores. I’ve rescued many indoor and outdoor plants over the past several years and have had success by simply providing basic care for most of them; a bit more rehabilitation for a few. With proper care, these bargain-basement beauties can provide many years of great enjoyment. I am not too fussy about having a particular type of indoor orchid. I’m just pleased to have a healthy plant. I can’t wait for these “mysterious” orchids to flower, to reveal their true selves. What a grand way to celebrate the new year!

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3 Responses

  1. They look healthy. I’m sure you are eager for them to flower. I was given a beautiful orchid a while back and am happy to see a flower spike. I guess it likes my kitchen window. I’m kinda afraid to move it. 🙂 Do you fertilize yours at all?

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