Hubs was out doing errands Friday and when he came home, man child announced that he had brought me flowers. Now, he’s a sweetie and when he knows I’ve had a bad day or really don’t feel well or for any number of reasons he will, out of the blue, bring me a bouquet. So that’s what I thought he’d done and I was grateful and trying to figure out what the reason might be as I finished what I was doing. When he brings flowers he sticks them in water so I wasn’t in a huge rush. Well, I got into the kitchen and there were 4 plants (in 2 pots) of orchids! I read months ago on a blog that they’re really easy to grow, and then saw them in Home Depot and the care instructions agreed with what I’d read. Excitedly I looked for a price sign and saw one plant the size Hubs brought me the other day was then $17! And I refused to pay that when I’ve had a black thumb in recent years. It seemed as if I could keep orchids alive if they thrived on 3 ice cubes on top of moss from the craft store, which I already had, and high light but not direct sun. But it wasn’t that important to me to get them then, I’m too
cheap frugal to spend $17 on a plant I might kill. And so is Hubs. But it must be near the time they’ll be expected to lose their blossoms or something because he paid –ready?– $20 for the 4 plants in 2 pots, the same as he would have paid for 2 plants if he weren’t such a frugal, careful shopper himself. So, the advice I’ve gotten is the ice cubes weekly, keeping them pot-bound, and boy, they are pot-bound, not transplanting them until flowers are history and not transplanting them till they’ve been in their original medium for 2 years. Now there’s no way I’ll be able to know that, but the rest, I can do. Our living room faces south and we have 12′ wide windows so we get a decent amount of light. They just don’t go in the window. Anyone have personal experience? When I read back in May how easy they are to care for, the blogger wrote to put multiples in their original plastic pots into cachepots. On a Salvation Army trip, we found a blue and white cachepot, a favorite look of mine, that I bought in anticipation. I think they’re stunning. Thoughts?
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