Post # 1
Need some advice here! I am dead set on using potted orchids as my centerpieces, I want to use about 3 per table ( approx 10 tables) and pot them in an vintage inspired apple crate. I was able to find a orchid supplier that has a deal of $5 per orchid for bare root orchids that just finished blooming. They typically bloom in spring right around my wedding date which is perfect but here’s the question is it worth saving over $700 and just take the risk and take care of them until my wedding which is about 10 months away? Cost will be about $230 for them and they typically thrive well indoors with window light which i think i can do as i have an orchid now that Ive been taking care of for about 5 months. I do have a back up plan, and can order the flowers if these shold not bloom, but if even have of them bloom it would still be a substanial cost savings. Not sure if im taking this DIY project too far but for all flower decor to run under $300 its pretty tempting. Any advice is more than welcomed!
Post # 3
Why do you need to buy them right now?
Post # 4
@WillyNilly: They are out of the blooming season, I could probably wait it out a month or so but they are cheaper after they have bloomed and will triple in price once they start to bud and get ready to bloom again.
Post # 5
If you think you can care for them for the next ten months, do it! That would be a great way to save money!
I have two orchids that I bought at Lowes, that I have since repotted. One is doing very well; the other is iffy. My fiance just texted me that it has gone to a better place…I have been away for two weeks so I will hopefully see when I get back!
Orchids are “easy” if you do everything right. I’d talk to a local florist/botanist to see what he/she thinks.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t risk it. There are whole societies that people join to learn how to grow orchids.
You could buy blooming orchids in good condition next year for $10 at Lowes and be assured that you will have the centerpieces of your dreams.
Post # 7
Yeah… I LOVE orchids and have been trying to grow them in the past few years. I STILL have not been able to re-bloom an orchid. It is very delicate work, and it takes a lot of care. I wouldn’t risk it if I were you. If you are dead set on potted orchids at a low cost, Trader Joes sells them pretty cheap, as does Whole Foods. You could just buy them pre-potted closer to your date.
Post # 8
We actually have a place here in Seattle that will take your orchid post-bloom and babysit it until it buds again. I have no idea the cost structure of something like this but maybe you have something like this in your area?