How Much Do Orchids Cost?
No doubt that orchid is one of the most loved houseplants of all time. Ranging in different types, orchids have diverse colors and are perfect for corsages, decorations and even for elegant display. Whether you want a live plant that you can grow in your house or a bunch of freshly cut flowers, there are many flower shops that you can check out to satisfy the “orchid-lover” in you. In fact, the internet is an avenue where you can find a wide array of choices that suit your budget.
How much does it cost?
- Prices for these tropical flowers vary considerably as there are different kinds of orchids. Rare ones are expected to be a lot pricier than the common kinds, not to mention that other orchids are seasonal. They can only be grown or produced at a particular time. As for live orchids, they will be more expensive. Regardless of the type, they can range from about $30 – $275. Prices for an orchid corsage range from $16-40, depending on the type, color and number of blooms.
- The same price ranges are supported by online shopping stores such as shopping.yahoo.com. The site features and sells orchids of varying types and prices. A bunch of purple dendrobium orchids, for example, are priced at $59.99 while live imperial purple orchid costs $64.95. Other orchids cost over a hundred dollars as well. These include the Cymbidium Orchids that cost $119.99. The said orchid is perfect as Mother’s Day present.
- Discounted prices for orchids are also offered online. Stores such as 1888orchids.com feature discounted live orchids from $49.95 to $79.95.
- Live orchids without a blossomed flower cost less. A Sedirea japonica orchid, for instance, is sold at Orchidweb.com for $35 (base price). This potted plant orchid is expected to blossom during spring and summer.
- If you have a green thumb and the patience to grow your own orchid, you can also opt for orchid seedlings. You can buy these seedlings for $7.50 – $20.00 per pack, depending on the type.
What is going to be included?
- If you are going to buy a live orchid with a flower(s), expect to get it through a pot already. The pot is usually made of ordinary clay. However, others can be more stylish. For example, one type of orchid is planted in glass planter which makes it more appealing and sophisticated to see. If you order from a flower company for something such as a funeral or holiday, you can usually choose a nice vase or pot as well.
- A few stores offer both common and exotic orchids such as Dendrobium, Mokara, Cymbidium, Mini Cymbidium, Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, and Vanda, among many others. You can either buy in bulk, by wholesale or individually. A dazzling array of colors and patterns can be chosen.
- Bulk orchids are usually available year round. However, a few breeds are seasonal. Customized orders can also be specified. Regardless of the order or of what type of orchid it is, most stores assure clients of direct from farm for longer vase life and savings as well.
- As for the shipping, it is not usually shouldered by the store (unless it is specified beforehand).
What are the extra costs?
- Maintenance costs. Live orchids will not just magically give out plenty of flowers without you taking care of them. Like any other plants, taking care or orchids is not a cakewalk. In fact, taking care of these tropical flowers is stereotypically very hard. Costs for fertilizers and vitamins, among many others, must be taken into consideration.
- Necessary orchid supplies. If you are serious in planting and growing orchids, you know that other supplies are needed. Coconut husk and Sphagnum moss are two of the must-haves to ensure that the flower is grown in a condition conducive to its nature. These are available in stores selling orchids. OrchidDistributors.com, for instance, sells coconut husk for easy repotting at $12.09 (10 pieces). Sphagnum Moss, on the other hand, is needed for holding water and for keeping the plant moist for a longer period of time. The said site sells it for $10.08 (8 oz.) while Orchidweb.com sells the same moss for $7.50 as the base price.
- Shipping fees. A few online stores include the shipping fees in the package of the orchid you are buying. However, only a very few do this. Majority of stores online let you shoulder the shipping expenses. Like any other commodity, shipping fees vary according to your location and to your specific order.
Factors that influence the price:
- Kind of orchid. As mentioned, some orchids are rare. Their rarity is influenced by the season and the sensitivity of the technology employed in growing them. However, the technology has improved that enabled orchid breeders to easily grow orchids at greater quantity in a shorter amount of time, which results in low prices. According to Orchidsalberta.com, Phalaenopsis and Cattleya among others can be purchased in flower for as little as $20.
- Season. If the orchid is in season, then you will surely find one at a seemingly affordable price. However, if the flower is not that common during the time you ordered it, you will definitely pay a lot for it.
Tips to know:
- As the largest family of flowering plants in the world, orchids have an estimated of 30,000+ species.
- Orchids needs vary by variety. Phalaenopsis is one of the most easy to take care of. It requires bright but indirect light and its flowers last for quite some time. They are also one of the most common to find.
- Orchids are a common sight at weddings as focal and accentuating wedding flowers since they are gorgeous and elegant. Many of these tropical flowers take the shape of wedding bouquets, boutonnieres, wedding cake topper, corsages, centerpieces and more.
How can I save money?
- Opt for the plants with more buds and are already open. This way, you can be sure that you will enjoy the full blooming of the plant without bud blast.
- Buy the orchid that you like rather than ordering by price. Keep in mind that the price does not determine the aesthetics of the orchids. More expensive often does not mean better orchids.
- Make sure that the plant has strong roots. Look at the bottom of the pot to see if you can see roots through the holes. In addition, ensure that the plant is sturdy enough. If it is loose in the mix, then do not buy it.
- Do not just purchase an orchid just because it is on sale. If you find one, there must be a reason for it. Usually, it is for clearance already. It is suggested to get a better buy in terms of plant quality and bloom time by choosing a plant that is not on clearance.
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