Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New Year, New Plants

It's no secret that I am a sucker when it comes to a beautiful plant.  I have absolutely no will-power whatsoever. Every start of a new year, I am so gun-ho about buying new houseplants. Once again, I got reeled into a promotional coupon that I received from Home Depot for a buy one get one free orchid plant.  If you sign up to their Garden Club, they send you newsletters with tips, advice, and coupons. Sound familiar? Its like deja-vu.  Two years ago, I gave it a go and went out brought these home. The plants were beautiful when I got them home and perfectly healthy. A couple of months down the road, and I managed to kill both orchid plants. I'm pretty much a brown thumb when it comes to house plants. And apparently especially with orchids. I followed the instructions on how to take care of the orchids but I made a rookie mistake. It was my fault really. I overwatered the poor things and the roots got all damaged. Both plants slowly lost their leaves and died. So, when my inbox received a new coupon for a buy one get one free promotion, I figured, hell, I'll try it again. This time however, I am going to take meticulous care in keeping this phalaenopsis alive. The plants were surprisingly cheaper than 2 years ago! They were selling for $14.99 each! So with the coupon, I got two for that price! At $7.50 a pop, that's what I call a bargain! I went after work straight to the Home Depot closest to my apartment and brought home this beauty. I plan to read some books on how to care for her. Hopefully by this time next year, I'll be writing a new blog post about how well she's doing, instead of buying a new one. Wish me luck!


  1. I bought an orchid 2 years ago - in the midst of my winter gardening withdrawal. The directions said to water it when the soil was dry with 2 ice cubes. So far it's still alive and has re-bloomed once.

  2. Hi!
    Great orchid! I hope it will last many years. I use to have them about 5 years. First they did not re-bloom, but now I am reading a lot about the care and they are blooming.
    They like light but not direct sun, they like moisture but do not let them be soggy, always let them be completely dry before watering. And they like hot showers! Really hot, believe me. First cold water, that warm and them very worm, like you hand will feel OK. Good Luck!

  3. Ugh I always kill my orchid plants as well....

  4. Orchids, wow! I have yet to venture there. I tend to not do well with the higher maintenance flowers, though I do have a 25-year-old African Violet that has been thriving on sheer neglect. Your orchid looks gorgeous!


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