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I love an orchid because you can often get beautiful blooms for months rather than a week or two with freshly cut flowers.  I always assumed these beautiful orchid arrangements I saw in other people’s homes must have come from a fancy florist.  But lately I started playing around with an extra planter I had. With a quick google search, I realized that most are creating their own masterpieces from the grocery orchids for $12.99 we all know and love.

trader joes orchids

I learned a few tricks that make a big impact in making your inexpensive orchid look like it too came from a fancy florist.

Step 1 | Ditch the planter your orchid comes in and transfer the inner plastic casing around the roots a larger planter.

Get creative!  Below you’ll see my three orchid planters – a jar, a wine cooler and an actual planter.

If there is space to fill, I’ve filled the bottom with loose bubble wrap and placed moss around the sides and top.  Which leads me to…

Step 2 | Use different kinds of moss as filler.  I bought mine from a local craft store.

Step 3 | Replace the plastic support rod with natural sticks or twigs.  Add a few extra for some visual interest.  Also, if you ever receive fancy arrangements, you can save the twigs and clips for future use!

Step 4 | Pull some green moss to use as a disguise of your plant clips.  My sister told me some people like to use little ribbons instead of clips.  Personally, I prefer the natural look of simply using moss.  But I think with the right delicate ribbon that could be really pretty.

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Have you ever repotted an orchid?  If you have any additional tips, I’d love to hear.

Thanks so much for reading! XO –

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13 thoughts on “4 Tips to Make Your Orchid Look Expensive

  1. I lovveeee this post! Orchids are my mother’s favorite so I like to keep them around. Where is your white 3D floral from??

  2. I would looooove to know where you got some of these pots! They are stunning! Especially love the white one

  3. One of my interior design clients always had a huge assortment of white orchids displayed in her foyer, and she would mix in faux white orchids with real ones to create volume. It was a pretty good trick for an impressive display.

  4. I started my journey caring for an orchid that my son ( a horticulture science major in college) left behind when he moved away in May of 2020. In November I removed the orchid from its original planter. While at first had to focus on keeping it alive, now I am excited to see the bloom buds starting to show signs of life. I will place it in a new and more prominent spot -likely to be my dining room. I am inspired by your displays. I’ll have to shop around for the right one for mine.

    Orchids remind me of my maternal grandmother and my aunts who collected and cultivated orchids, and e participated in orchid shows. While my aspirations less grand are more focused on cultivating and keeping it healthy, Id love to find a gorgeous container for it.

  5. I have repotted an orchid before. I have used bamboo sticks and twine to keep the orchid trained to the stake. But love the idea of the sticks you used and also a piece of moss by the clip as I have a handful of clips in a drawer I’ve saved from orchids over the years. I do love that an orchid’s flowers last so much longer than cut flowers. I have not had any luck getting the orchids I have to rebloom (I chalk it up to bad lighting at the areas I have them in the house) but given how long the original blooms last, I do still feel like I got my money’s worth. Enjoyed all of the talk of orchids on the blog this past week and can’t wait to try your ideas.

    1. I just water them once a week and keep them near light. Orchids are VERY easy compared to other plants. And they should come with a card that will instruct you how much water and how often!

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