How Much Do Orchids Cost?
Ranging in different types, orchids have diverse colors and are perfect for corsages, decorations and even for an elegant display.
How much does it cost?
- Prices for orchids vary considerably since there are different kinds. Rare ones are expected to be a lot pricier than a common kind. As for live orchids, they will be more expensive as well. Regardless of the type, they can range from about $30 to $275.
- Prices for an orchid corsage can cost anywhere from $16 to $40, depending on the type, color and number of blooms.
- Stores, such as 1888orchids.com, offer discounted live orchids anywhere from $50 to $80.
- 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 the spring and summer.
- Seedlings can cost anywhere from $7 to $20 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.
- 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 with planting, 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. The 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 should find one at an 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.
- An orchids needs vary by variety. Phalaenopsis, for example, is one of the easiest 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.